NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Doctor Sleep, Last Christmas, Midway, Playing with Fire

Have you seen this yet? You should!

Want to know what we recommend seeing that opened this 11-08-2019 weekend #45 at the movies? All wide releases were seen, rated and reviewed with links on the movie titles below.

#1 is …

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – just go see this already! It doesn’t even feel like a sequel. Director Mike Flanagan really knows how to tell Stephen King stories on the big screen.

There are some bad reviews out there (we’ll cover that in another post), and some posts that are mixed, but this film, in our opinion, is the most entertaining of the four films being released wide this weekend. It has the most immersive story, excellent acting from Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat and young actress Kyleigh Curran as Abra (she is just fantastic, really!), the only based on a Stephen King story (so you just know the source material is going to have a certain kind of feel to it) and pays homage to Stanley Kubrick’s masterful horror creation.

Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – a romcom with a troubled woman playing an elf and a mystery man who helps get her life back on path. Has a Twilight Zone like vibe to the story. We liked this one and recommend. If you are not a fan at all of horror and suspense, then this is our secondary recommendation. It’s the first film in theaters this holiday 2019 season we’ve seen and it definitely has that holiday magic. Get the mistletoe and eggnog ready!

Midway ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – reminded me somewhat of Pearl Harbor, only this one takes place mostly at sea with the historic naval battle at Midway. Plenty of exciting aerial battle scenes, explosions, fire and some tense WWII action. Recommended.

If you don’t like horror and aren’t quite ready for any holiday-themed movies, then this war movie would be our final recommendation of the movies opening wide this weekend. It is timely with Veteran’s Day coming up on Monday, too.

Playing With Fire⭐️½  – cliche-ridden tale of kids in a smokejumper/fire-station getting through the weekend. John Cena can’t fight this misfire. Not recommended.

Even the trailer looked kind of cheesy for this one and there are much better options at the theater than this one.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater that are recommended. Any movie we rate at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good.

  1. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. The Lighthouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Haven’t seen Jo Jo Rabbit or Parasite as of this writing. Jo Jo Rabbit is going to be playing next weekend, so will catch up with it then most likely. Parasite is playing and will see that soon. It was previously limited screening. All other films now playing are not recommended to see in the theater. You can see all our movie reviews on Letterboxd, including those on streaming channels.

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