November 2019 – 18 Movies Ranked MOST to LEAST Entertaining

Movies seen in the theater in November 2019 (missing, but also seen was Midway and The Irishman)

November 2019 saw releases of 18 movies in the theater (17 new movies + 1 Fathom Events). Similar to our blog/text reviews the goal is no spoiler reviews.

Our watched in the theater reviews are shared each month ranked by the highest to lowest ranking (most to least entertaining), which follows our review criteria. Here is how month #4 since we started this blog, November 2019 went …

November 2019 – Movie Theater Expenses
$219 – for movie theater snacks & food ($15 x 14, we got 3 movie popcorn and sodas using points, so only $9 for the upcharge for large)
$60 – for Cinebarre Issaquah, WA with movie when watching Midway and Last Christmas
$44 for movie tickets (unlimited price for both wife & I for August 2019)
$22 for 3 tickets to Twilight Zone: 60th Anniversary (Fathom Events)
$7 for ScreenX movie surcharge for seeing Ford v Ferrari
$80 – $5 average gas expense x 16 movies (Cinebarre Issaquah, WA was double feature)
= $432 / 17 movies = $25.42 for movie theater entertainment expense per visit, even with the “free” unlimited movies.

= $1,444 for 2019 Total YTD Expenses (Aug: $319, Sep: $324, Oct: $384, Nov: $432)

Note: The 18th movie was a Netflix original release: The Irishman, which I’ve included here because it did show in some theaters, but I didn’t have any expenses for it, because watched at home.

As mentioned in the August recap, there are expenses beyond ticket prices to see movies in the theater, unless one walks to the theater and watches movies back to back to back, buys no concessions and sees only 2D movies with no enhanced experiences.

November 2019 – 18 movies ranked MOST to LEAST Entertaining
2019: AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER
Click title to read the no-spoilers review
* – indicates both Kara and I watched

  1. *Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review ScreenX
  2. The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review(Netflix)
  3. *Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  4. *Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  5. *The Twilight Zone: 60th Anniversary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  6. The Good Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ⭐️⭐️⭐️½Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  8. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  9. Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  10. *Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  11. *Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  12. *Midway⭐️⭐️⭐️Click to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPCetvNUoUwatch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  13. Parasite⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  14. Queen & Slim ⭐️⭐️½Click to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPCetvNUoUwatch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  15. Arctic Dogs ⭐️⭐️½Click to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPCetvNUoUwatch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  16. 21 Bridges⭐️½Click to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPCetvNUoUwatch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  17. *Charlie’s Angels (2019)⭐️½Click to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPCetvNUoUwatch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  18. *Playing With Fire⭐️½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review

Knives Out we were able to view as part of multiple early access screenings (hope they do more of these!).

Renee Zellweger in Judy still put on the best actress performance that I’ve seen to date in 2019. For Best Actor? Joaquin Phoenix seems strong for Joker, but then along comes Robert De Niro in The Irishman and Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Met Expectations (based on hype, trailer, promotion)
Ford v Ferrari – there was too much hype for this Matt Damon and Christian Bale high octane racing movie based around the true story of Caroll Shelby and Ken Miles trying to make a race car that can beat Ferrari at the Le Mans. Saw this in ScreenX and felt almost in the driving seat. This delivered, and then some.
Knives Out – good whodunit mysteries are hard to come by at the theater and this one delivers.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – almost put this under “disappointments” but Tom Hanks did everything I thought he’d do in this film playing the saintly (I know, he wasn’t a saint, but to most of the world he sure seemed like one) Mister Rogers. My only nagging regret for this one? More Tom Hanks!

Disappointments
Charlie’s Angels – expected that Elizabeth Banks would do more than she did with this. I’ll give it points for trying to share with us a new kind of story, but this would have been better not under the banner of a well-known 70s TV franchise.
Parasite – a lot of amazing reviews for the Bong Hive’s latest, greatest film, but it wasn’t the cinematic masterpiece critics led me to believe. Not for me, anyway. Yes, it’s very good, but The Irishman makes this look like a student film.

Pleasant Surprises
Harriet – Didn’t know much about the story of Harriet Tubman and was worried this one would be a boring historical tale, but it turned out to be an entertaining story of anti-slavery about a true American hero. Harriet is my favorite superhero of 2019, put her on the $20 bill already.

October 2019 – 14 Movies Ranked MOST to LEAST Entertaining

New this month for the first time, added just leaving the theater video reviews for every movie seen in the theater this month. Your comment feedback on these short no-spoiler videos is welcome and encouraged.

Similar to our blog/text reviews the goal for no spoiler reviews. There are plenty of other review websites that do exhaustive spoiler-laden reviews of movies. Someday, maybe that will be done here on the website vs. the shorter no-spoiler ones, but as of this writing, every review we have shared is spoiler-free. Click the title, read and judge for yourselves.

Our watched in the theater reviews are shared each month for the prior month ranked by the highest to lowest ranking (of how entertaining is the film), which follows our review criteria. Here is how month #3 since we started this blog, October 2019 went …

October 2019 – Movie Theater Expenses
$174 – for movie theater snacks & food ($15 x 11, we got 3 movie popcorn and sodas using points, so only $9 for the upcharge for large)
$60 – for Cinnebar Salem, Oregon with movie when watching Zombieland: Double Tap
$44 for movie tickets (unlimited price for both wife & I for August 2019)
$10 for RPX movie surcharge for seeing Terminator: Dark Fate RPX
$10 for 3D movie surcharge seeing Gemini Man 3D + HFR
$70 – $5 average gas expense x 14 movies
= $384 / 14 movies = $27.42 for both of us movie theater entertainment expense per visit, even with the “free” unlimited movies.

= $1,012 for 2019 Total YTD Expenses (Aug: $319, Sep: $324, Oct: $384)

As mentioned in our August recap, even with these unlimited movie plans, you still spend real $$ unless you literally stay at the theater and watch movies back to back to back and buy nothing else. Almost impossible for us to do that, anyway.

October 2019 – 14 movies in theater ranked MOST to LEAST Entertaining
2019: AUGUST | SEPTEMBER
Click title to read a no-spoilers review

  1. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  2. Joker⭐️⭐️⭐️½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  3. *Zombieland 2: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  4. *Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  5. *Jexi ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  6. War ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPCetvNUoUwatch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  7. The Lion King ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  8. *Maleficent: Mistress of Evil⭐️⭐️½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  9. *The Current War: Director’s Cut⭐️⭐️½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  10. *Countdown ⭐️⭐️½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  11. *Terminator: Dark Fate RPX ⭐️⭐️½Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  12. *Gemini Man 3D + HFR ⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  13. *Addam’s Family ⭐️⭐️ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review
  14. *Lucy In The Sky ½ Click to watch MovieReviewsByUs.com Video Review

Doctor Sleep which I was able to view as part of the Fandango Early Access program where any moviegoer can see movies ahead of the release date is now my favorite movie of 2019 to date. Renee Zellweger in Judy still put on the best acting performance that I’ve seen to date in 2019.

Met Expectations (based on hype, trailer, promotion)
Joker – the trailer had me thinking this would be a darker character discovery tale. It delivered on being different than most other superhero films. I figured this might do good business, but not anywhere near as becoming the #1 Rated-R film of all time.
Black and Blue – Kept our interest but the plot was all too familiar.
Zombieland: Double Tap – I expected this to be a fun zombie carnage romp and it met the bar, albeit with a bit long second act. Woody Harrelson is a dynamite lead here.

Disappointments
Terminator: Dark Fate – seemed too much like just retelling the first two vastly superior films. Linda Hamilton is back, which was a little more interesting, but she was not a central enough character. Terminator fight scenes became a bit repetitive too. Just a disappointing mess.
Gemini Man – despite the technical wizardry by director Ang Lee, the story was just too much been there, done that. Also, multiple Will Smiths is not a good thing.
Lucy in the Sky – didn’t expect this to be as terrible as it was. I mean, it was just a weird story, and not a good weird story, either.

Pleasant Surprises
Doctor Sleep – Mike Flanagan captures the essence of a good Stephen King novel much the way Frank Darabont has done. Go see this one when it comes out November 8. It’s a great movie.
Jexi – most critics and many moviegoers hated this tale, but Kara and I both enjoyed it. It wasn’t a great movie, but it had some charm and fun to it.

Now Playing Reviews for Jexi, Gemini Man and Addam’s Family – Are Any Worth Watching?

Box office Weekend 10/11 – 10/13/2019 via Box Office Mojo

In the face of three new wide releases, there was no dethroning Joker from the weekend’s top spot as the film not only topped the weekend box office domestically, internationally and worldwide, it has already generated over $543 million globally in just its first twelve days in global release. As for the newcomers, UAR’s The Addams Family led the way with a solid second place debut while Paramount’s Gemini Man and Lionsgate’s Jexi struggled to find an audience.

‘Joker’ Repeats at #1, ‘Addams Family’ Solid in Second and ‘Parasite’ Feasts – Box Office Mojo

This was not a good opening week for the new films leaving a wide open field for Joker to dominate for a second week. On Friday we caught Gemini Man in 3D + HFR, Saturday date night watched Jexi and barely avoided sleep in the theater on Sunday with Addam’s Family (2019). Here they are ranked from our most entertained to least:

Jexi ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – a few funny jokes here and there from a mean funny phone OS named Jexi and a romcom with a little chemistry between a loser writer nerd and bike shop girl. Barely recommended.

Gemini Man ⭐️⭐️ 3D + HFR – good technology, weak script and three times Will Smith equals zero times entertainment.

Addam’s Family ⭐️⭐️ – good animation and voice acting despite boring, story. Just hum the theme song and watch something else.

The first weekend of October was much better. Joker deserves to be #1 again at the box office. Next weekend? Stay tuned!

Now Playing At Theaters: Top 10 Movies Ranked and Reviewed

The top 10 at the box office Oct 4-6, 2019 via Box Office Mojo

Thanks to the Regal Unlimited Plus plan that I signed up for on August 12, 2019 and Kara signed up for a week or so later, I’ve been able to see almost every movie that has come out since (and we’ve seen 60%+ together). Am keeping a running Regal Unlimited Movie List at Letterboxd as well.

27 different movies seen in the theater since August 12, 2019

Have actually seen 28 movies using the unlimited pass, because I watched Rambo: Last Blood twice. I am considering seeing Judy again as well and trying to get my wife to see, too, but she has a hangup seeing anything I’ve already seen.

The only movie in the current top 10 box office that neither of us have seen is WAR. It’s showing at one theater nearby, and plan to see it soon.

“And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, because there were no more worlds to conquer.” – Hans Gruber from Diehard

The only bummer thing so far about the Regal Unlimited plan is that there aren’t enough movies available to see. Once you’ve seen them all it is either go and see something another time, or just wait until the next Thursday or Friday for new movies to be released. This is typically a minimum of two new movies each week. This doesn’t line up with the total movies being released, but how many screenings are available in the Seattle/Tacoma area. I needed to attend an independent theater to see Judy on opening day.

Top 10 Now Playing In The Theaters Ranked and Reviewed
* both of us watched

  1. Judy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. *Rambo: Last Blood [4DX]⭐️⭐️⭐️½  
  4. Downton Abbey ⭐️⭐️⭐
  5. War ⭐️⭐️⭐
  6. *Good Boys ⭐️⭐️½ 
  7. *IT: Chapter Two ⭐️⭐️½
  8. A️bominable ⭐️⭐
  9. *Hustlers ⭐️½
  10. *Ad Astra ⭐️

Note: we typically only recommend seeing movies that are ranked at least three stars or better. However, you should judge for yourself what you want to see, not use anybody else’s opinion. Reviews are subjective based on a wide variety of factors. In our case, our review criteria is based on how entertained we were. We go to movies to be entertained. That means that sometimes we will like movies that others don’t. In some cases, maybe even movies that are universally panned we found to be entertaining.

As for professional critics? We tend to disagree with them more often than not. For example, Rambo: Last Blood was panned by the critics, but audiences, including us, enjoyed it and were entertained.

September 2019 – 14 New Movies Ranked Most to Least Entertaining

13 Films Watched In Regal Cinema in September 2019 (Not Pictured is JUDY, which was watched in an independent theater)

Here’s an entire month’s worth of new movies reviewed. Several are still showing in theaters at the time this is posted. If you missed them, then they will be available streaming everywhere soon.

Instead of best to worst, have changed to “Most to least entertaining” because that better fits our review criteria. Here is how September 2019 went:

September 2019 – Movie Theater Expenses
$160 – for movie theater snacks & food ($15 x 10, we got 4 movie popcorn and sodas using points, so no charge, + $10 for independent theater popcorn & soda)
$26 – for Cinnebar Palace Station lunch with movie when watching Ad Astra
$8 for independent movie ticket price
$44 for movie tickets (Regal Unlimited plans for both wife & I)
$16 for 4DX movie surcharge for seeing Rambo: Last Blood
$70 = $5 average gas expense x 14 movies
= $324 / 15 movies (+1 because saw Rambo twice!) = $21.60 for both of us movie theater entertainment expense per visit, even with the “free” unlimited movies. As mentioned in our August recap, you do spend real $$ unless you literally stay at the theater and watch movies back to back to back and buy nothing. Only movie seen more than once was Rambo.

September 2019 – 14 movies seen in theater ranked from Best to Worst
Click title to read a no-spoilers review

  1. (MOST ENTERTAINING) JUDY ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. The Art Of Racing In The Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Rambo: Last Blood [4DX]⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  4. Overcomer ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Downton Abbey ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Villains ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Good Boys ⭐️⭐️½ 
  8. The Goldfinch ⭐️⭐️½ 
  9. IT: Chapter Two ⭐️⭐️½ 
  10. Spider-Man Far From Home ⭐️⭐
  11. A️bominable ⭐️⭐
  12. Brittany Runs A Marathon ⭐️½
  13. Hustlers⭐️½
  14. (LEAST ENTERTAINING) Ad Astra⭐️

JUDY was a standout thanks to an awesome acting performance by Renee Zellweger, as well as the adaption of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. Rambo: Last Blood in 4DX was one of the most fun experiences we’ve ever had in a movie. Not because the movie was that great, but the 4DX experience itself certainly added and enhanced the experience. I saw it in 2D and would give it 3 stars. Still think next to First Blood, it’s among the best sequels in the series.

Met Expectations (based on hype and promotion)
JUDY – I sensed that Renee Zellweger would outshine the movie — and she did. Wish the movie itself was better, but Zellweger’s performance was so awesome that I was thoroughly entertained otherwise.
Rambo: Last Blood – I’ve always wanted to see what it would be like having John Rambo enjoy some peace at his home in Arizona. Yes, it doesn’t last, but then that’s part of the fun. I know this movie wasn’t for everybody, but Stallone knew what his hardcore fans wanted and delivered.

Disappointments
Ad Astra – I liked the story, thought this would be a lot of fun. Instead, it was an exercise in banality
Hustlers – another promising story, but unlikable characters and a bit of a rambling plotline
The Goldfinch – another story that seemed to have great promise based on award winning source material, but the adaption and execution was muddled and convoluted

Pleasant Surprises
The Art of Racing In The Rain – if you asked me if I’d like a dog narrating a story about living with a racer I’d have said “no thanks” but this won me over big time.
Downton Abbey – didn”t think I’d like a story about what goes on in a mansion, but was sucked into the drama surrounding the king and queen visiting
Overcomer – didn’t know this was a faith-based religious sports story, but both of us were entertained. Good ending, too!

Are you curious about our reviews the prior month at the theater?
AUGUST 2019 – 12 New Movies Ranked

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS – Rambo: Last Blood, Downton Abbey, Villains, Ad Astra

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NOW PLAYING AT THEATERS REVIEWS – Opened Week 9/20/2019 – RANKED
Click movie title to read the full review

  1. Rambo: Last Blood [4DX]⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – a savage, not for the squeamish revenge flick that finally sees iconic John Rambo going home and audiences are liking, critics are hating. Us? See in 4DX while you can!
  2. Downton Abbey ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – #1 in sales/popularity, #2 most entertaining covering what it is like for servants and the rich inside a mansion in the early 1900s. No tie required.
  3. Villains ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – oh yeah, we enjoyed this dark comedy update of two Bonney and Clyde types who stumble onto a very eccentric family.
  4. Ad Astra⭐️ – Brad Pitt stars in this artsy fartsy space exploration flick that is neat to stare at, wonder and analyze but not much fun to, well, watch.

We hope you always enjoy your time at the theaters. Remember, we review movies based on what entertains us (see our review criteria). Movies are there to entertain you. If you enjoy a movie that we did or didn’t, we think that’s great. Tell us what you loved or not in the comments, blog it, log it, like it.

Happy movie watching to you.