Movies out Today: 20 October 2017

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The new movies in cinemas today have taught me a lesson: never judge a book by its cover. Or, a movie by its title, in this case. The movies I thought were going to be completely terrible are actually pretty good. Unfortunately, the movies I thought were going to be pretty good have turned out to be terrible 🙁

Happy Death Day

Age Restriction: 13 H L V

A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

You can keep an eye out for Kervyn’s full review of Happy Death Day later today, but in the meantime, I can let you know that this is one Halloween release you won’t want to miss. It’s a surprisingly good horror/comedy, striking the balance between satire, humour and scares with an added sci-fi angle.

Critical Hit: coming soon!
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Metacritic: 57

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Geostorm

Age Restriction: 10-12 PG L V

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

I used to love disaster movies, The Day After Tomorrow still ranks highly among my all-time favourite films. Unfortunately, movies like 2012 and Knowing ruined the genre for me. Even more unfortunately, it looks like Geostorm isn’t going to be the film to redeem disaster movies in my eyes.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Metacritic: TBD

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The Mountain Between Us

Age Restriction: 10-12 PG

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers (Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. They embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness discovering strength they never knew possible.

The Mountain Between Us might be a beautiful film, but it suffers under the weight of a far-fetched story and completely wastes the talents of leads Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. Much like climbing off a mountain, it’s a hard slog to get through, but there’s little to no reward to be found.

Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Metacritic: 48

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Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Age Restriction: 10-12 PG L

Madea and the gang are back (once again) for this hilarious sequel. Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

I’ve never been a fan of Tyler Perry’s Madea films, and from the looks of it, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween isn’t going to make me a convert. In fact, according to the lone review I could find, it’s one of his worst and even hardcore Perry fans should give it a miss.

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Rotten Tomatoes: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

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Last Updated: October 20, 2017

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • MonsterCheddar

    I’ma go watch Geostorm o/!!!!!!!

  • Magoo

    Geostorm!

    I’ll wait for Mountain between us and Happy death day to come out of cinema.

  • For the Emperor!

    Happy Death Day trailer looked great, got me interested in watching a non-blockbuster movie!

  • Skittle

    On the Ster-Kinekor website the Last Jedi is featured in the now showing section but when you click on it it says December 14th.. Is Ster-Kinekor trolling me?

    • They’ve had issues with showing the correct bookings for Star Wars from the moment the bookings opened

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