The evil fairy godmother becomes protector of the realm in this week's "Maleficent" sequel, joined by a shotgun-toting "Zombieland: Double Tap," irreverent comedy "Jojo Rabbit" and intense, dramatic "The Lighthouse."
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG)
Princess Aurora has accepted Prince Phillip's marriage proposal, but Phillip's mother, Queen Ingrith, is seizing her chance to start a war between fairies and humans. Only Aurora's fairy godmother Maleficent, villain of the 2014 film, seems to understand what is happening and how to stop it.
Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning (both "Maleficent"), Michelle Pfeiffer ("Ant-Man and the Wasp," "Avengers: Endgame")
Select release dates: France, Netherlands, Philippines - October 16; Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand - October 17; Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, UK, USA, Vietnam - October 18
Zombieland: Double Tap (R)
Ten years on from the original "Zombieland," the zombie-slaying foursome continue their adventures, this time split up into their original pairs, having to overcome their own flaws as well as a new kind of even stronger zombie.
Starring Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg ("Zombieland") with Zoey Deutch, Rosario Dawson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch
Select release dates: Australia - October 17; Canada, Ireland, UK, USA - October 18; Philippines - October 23; Hong Kong - October 24; South Africa - October 25; France - October 30; Singapore - October 31; Netherlands - November 21
Jojo Rabbit (PG-13)
Young boy Jojo deals with life in the Hitler Youth with the help of an imaginary friend, Adolf himself, but then finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house.
Starring Roman Griffin Davis (debut), Taika Waititi ("What We Do in the Shadows," director "Thor: Ragnarok," "Jojo Rabbit"), Scarlett Johansson ("Avengers" movies), Thomasin McKenzie ("The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"), with Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, and directed by Taika Waititi
Select release dates: Canada, USA - October 18; New Zealand - October 24; Australia - November 17; Ireland - January 1, 2020; Hong Kong, Singapore - January 2; UK - January 3; South Africa - January 16; France - January 29
The Lighthouse (R)
Two lighthouse keepers form an intense bond in 1890s northeast USA.
Starring Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man," "At Eternity's Gate"), Robert Pattinson ("The Twilight Saga," "Good Time") and directed by Robert Eggers ("The Witch")
Select release dates: Canada, USA - October 18; France - December 18; Ireland, UK - January 31, 2020; Netherlands - February 27