• By Rob Thomas

The heart of the “Zombieland” movies is an ardent belief in America, that, somehow, a red-state redneck (Woody Harrelson) and a blue-state elite (Jesse Eisenberg) can put aside their differences and work for the common good — as long as that common good is shooting zombies.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

"Judy" isn't the tribute Garland deserves but it's certainly a step in the right direction. And Zellweger puts her heart into the project, coming away with an appreciation for her work and the woman's she's portraying.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

This is a lot of visual stuff that borrows heavily from the original TV series. Just as disappointing: There’s a sing-along to the TV theme show at the end, but it’s so tacked on you don’t even really want to bother.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Directed by Alexandre Aja, the film has a very set-like look, too. Nothing seems very real. Nothing appears lethal. Only a house – that should have been repaired much sooner – has the ability to take out strong men and loyal pets.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

“Brittany Runs a Marathon” doesn’t cover new ground. It merely lets Jillian Bell travel a road Rebel Wilson and Amy Schumer (among others) have been on.

  • L. KENT WOLGAMOTT Lincoln Journal Star

Filmmaker Andrew Troy wasn’t familiar with the story of Chief Standing Bear when he began reading “I Am a Man,” Lincoln author Joe Starita’s award-winning book about the Ponca leader who, in the late 1800s, became a civil rights icon.

  • LINDSEY BAHR Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The filmmakers and studio behind "Joker" have reason to put on a happy face. Despite concerns over its violent themes and ramped up theater security, audiences flocked to the multiplex to check out the R-rated film this weekend resulting in a record October opening.

Autumn is finally here! The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and your warm sweaters can finally come down from the hanger! The season can also be recognized for its use in some of the most feel-good, enjoyable movies.

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

Drugs are common but the decorative folk art that fills buildings takes any kind of edge off. Because it’s so bright and seemingly nonthreatening, the world is immediately attractive to outsiders. And then? Director Ari Aster shocks early on and never quits.

  • By Rob Thomas

“Honeyland” is a fly-on-the-wall — or bee-on-the-wall — documentary chronicling an old and vanishing way of life. But it’s also a gut-punch of an environmental parable that seems like something out of “Aesop’s Fables,” about the destructive nature of greed.

  • JAKE COYLE Associated Press

NEW YORK — The DreamWorks animated adventure "Abominable" topped the box office with $20.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale "Judy" got off to a strong start.

  • By Rob Thomas

“Tigers Are Not Afraid” is playing at Marcus Point as part of a terrific film series for Hispanic Heritage Month, mixing Spanish-language versions of movies like “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” with Madison premieres of acclaimed films like “Monos” and the new Pedro Almodovar film, “Pain & Glory.”

  • BRUCE R. MILLER bmiller@siouxcityjournal.com

This isn't the space film to end all space films, but it is a good way to show that Pitt is much more than the sum of his parts. He make the most of every minute of silence.

  • STEVEN SPEARE The State Journal-Register

SPRINGFIELD — Brian Crowdson sat recently at a desk in his studio, Crowdson Creative, reflecting on his early attempts to get a documentary about the 1908 Springfield Race Riot off the ground.

  • JAKE COYLE Associated Press

NEW YORK — Raise your tea cups! The big-screen encore of "Downton Abbey" handily (but very politely) thumped both Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" in theaters over the weekend in one of the more unlikely box-office upsets.