Two big sequels look to keep October rolling right along.
We get a blast from the past this weekend. Angelina Jolie returns to her malevolent Maleficent role after five years, and Woodie Harrelson and company return to their zeke-saturated world of Zombieland after a decade on ice. While both originals were solid box office successes; it remains to see if time has left fans clamoring for more or wondering why we’re getting sequels now, all of a sudden.
The home market is saturated this week, with fourteen video-on-demand titles vying for eyeballs. Netflix leads the pack with three offerings, including the Meryl Streep project – The Laundromat. So I guess we can go ahead and tote up at least one Oscar nomination for Netflix this year; it’s not like Hollywood is NOT going to nominate Meryl Streep for the 22nd time.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is set to marry her prince, but an epic confrontation between her fairy-godmother Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the queen (Michelle Pfieffer) threatens a war between fair folk and humans.
Zombieland: Double Tap
Tallahassee (Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are at home in the new normal of the zombie apocalypse…until they discover that the undead are evolving.
An lonely German boy living in the Third Reich during World War 2 gets by with an imaginary friend…Adolph Hitler (Taika Watiti). When he learns his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish refugee in the attic, his faith in the ideas of the Nazi party are challenged.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
18 years after they foiled one attempt by Hollywood to make a movie about them, stoners Jay and Silent Bob head out once again when they learn a reboot of that movie is being planned.
Video on Demand.
Holiday Hell (Tubi)
A women looking for a Christmas gift learns the gruesome stories behind four objects, one of which she must choose if she wants to survive her trip to a macabre curiosity shop.
A director gathers celebrities like Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Stewart and Slash from Guns & Roses in order to collaborate on a song for victims of bullying. Along the way, the director explores his own fraught history with being bullied.
Somewhere in the Middle
A story about five artists who make a living through their art but remain relatively unknown.
The 11th Patient
The 11th victim of a serial killer is the only person to have survived. Unfortunately, he remains in a coma. A doctor attempts a daring technique to reach him inside his coma and get his help to identify the killer.
A young man whose father is a professional thief has to pull off a series of dangerous robberies when his father falls ill with dementia.
An idealistic couple head to Africa to run in a race called The Furnace. Tragedy strikes, leaving Mary bereaved and physically devastated. A former doctor from Africa with is own personal tragedies helps her to process her grief, anger, and physical therapy so that she can finish The Furnace.
Umm…a horror movie about pumpkins, I guess?
Four college students head to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and must race to save their friend when she goes missing after hooking up with a mysterious local.
One Night in October
A connected anthology where three groups each experience an evening of terror on the same night in October.
In a bizarro-world version of suburbia, two warped soccer moms engage in a contest to one-up each other that quickly becomes deranged.
Tell Me Who I Am (Netflix)
When Alex wakes from a coma following an accident, he has no memory of who he is. His twin brother helps him to reconstruct his past, but his version of their family life hides a painful secret.
The Laundromat (Netflix)
A chance encounter leads one woman (Meryl Streep) to investigate two flashy lawyers (Antonio Banderas, Gary Oldman) who specialize in hiding the taxes of wealthy clients. Based on a true story.
Based on a true story, a poor single mother fights to reform the private school system that squeezes poor minority students out of the best schools and on to the streets.
A boy with a rare disease that keeps him completely isolated goes to a reclusive “clean house” to get experimental treatment, but begins to experience horrific experiences.
A troubled man nicknamed Trick murdered his classmates on Halloween at a costume party, before being shot and presumably killed by a detective out to apprehend him. The masked killer reappears the next Halloween, leading the detective to pursue his nemesis once again.