NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Playmobil The Movie, Dark Waters, Hold On

Weekend #49 at the movies, 12/6/19, only features a single wide release and, in our opinion, it’s a major stinker. Luckily, I caught up with two other movies that are playing in the theaters and …

#1 is …

Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

I had the wrong idea for this movie based on the previews thinking it would be like Erin Brokovich, and it is only tangentially at best related.

A learning experience about teflon in Dark Waters, as it focuses in a David vs. Goliath legal drama

An attorney deals with the stress of representing a farmer who reports chemicals dumped into the river near his house and it’s killing his cows. Enjoyed this one, but could have done without the very cliched suspense scene where a character is about to turn the key in the ignition of a car and is worried about a car bomb. Recommended.

Playmobil: The Movie ½

Playmobil: The Movie is a mess, not recommended

This movie is the worst we’ve seen in the theaters in 2019.

Whatever it seems to try it fails to do well. The music is terrible, the voice acting is cringe-worthy in spots. The script tries to do way too much, introducing a bunch of Playmobil toy characters, but it’s not like Toy Story where we get to know a lot of different toy personalities and they participate actively in the adventure, they are mostly just there to do something supposedly cool in a scene or two and then go away.

The basic storyline is two kids trapped in a toy world, separated, and trying to get back to each other. One is a viking but being a viking doesn’t really change what he does and the other is a girl who, well, could have been a girl with super powers, but no. So instead of spending most of our time in the narration following the viking, we follow the girl and some toy named Del driving a burrito truck. Can’t make this up.

Rex Dasher is the James Bond like spy character, and he’s one of the most annoying, unlikable toy characters in animation history, complete with a cliched signature sound where he constantly boasts that he is, “Rex Dasher!” Sigh.

I won’t even get into the whole pink haystack flying stuff … just found this movie to have potential squandered. Am seeing several other reviewers saying this is a pure ripoff of The LEGO movie. Didn’t see that one myself, but surely it’s believable. Avoid this movie.

Hold On ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Worth going just to listen to this woman sing — great stuff!

A singer who can’t catch a break — where is American Idol or The Voice for this lady? Her voice is fantastic — is noticed by a record store employee who happens to be the son of a big shot music producer. A good story but an ending that I totally didn’t buy. Still, recommended.

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

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated 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. 4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Netflix)
  4. Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. The Good Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  10. Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  11. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  12. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. Parasite ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. Hold On ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching to you!

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Black and Blue, The Current War: Director’s Cut, Countdown, Dolemite Is My Name

Want to know what we recommend seeing this 10-25-2019 weekend #43 at the movies? We’ve watched all wide releases and some limited ones, including a film that opened on Netflix starring Eddie Murphy in his exciting return to an adult film role (yay!).

Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Familiar tale of good cop being chased down by a bunch of bad cops, but with the added technology of body cam as evidence. Entertaining, not amazing, but recommended.

Video Movie Review: Black and Blue by Todd, Joel and Kara of tjsnk

The Current War: Director’s Cut ⭐️⭐️½  – Not really a war, but a business battle over AC and DC current with George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison with a sprinkle of Nikola Tesla thrown in. Held interest, although serious reservations on the historical accuracy with the characterization. Just …. OK. Not recommended.

Video Movie Review: The Current War: Director’s Cut by Todd, Joel and Kara of tjsnk

Countdown ⭐️⭐️½  – Phone app that tells you to the second when you are going to die. Sure, who would download such an app except bored young adults at a party and, eventually, a nurse. Would have worked better as a short story in an anthology show, not a full-length movie. Not recommended.

Video Movie Review: Countdown by Todd and Kara

Dolemite Is My Name ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – My favorite movie this opening weekend is playing at home on Netflix. Eddie Murphy is back in an R-rated vehicle on the making of the movie Dolemite by Rudy Ray Moore. This is film gold, recommended!

Video Movie Review: Dolemite Is My Name starring Eddie Murphy

Recommended: Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix original), Black and Blue

What movies in the theaters have you seen?

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.

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

Can’t decide what to watch now playing in the theaters? Step onto the escalator with us …

We watch and review — no spoilers — (almost) every movie that plays in the theater. Follow, like, this blog and our Letterboxd to receive daily movie reviews covering all genres.

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.