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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

Two sequel fantasies — one rated R and the other PG — are the major-studio films new theaters this weekend, along with a pair of low-budget documentaries at Salt Lake’s downtown art house.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (PG). Angelina Jolie returns as the title character in this sequel to the 2014 fantasy aimed at a youth audience, this time pitting her against Michelle Pfeiffer as a queen who attempts to divide fairies and humans, which also causes Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) to take sides against Maleficent in the impending war. With Chiwetel Ijiofor, Imelda Staunton and Warwick Davis.

“Zombieland: Double Tap” (R). Sequel to the 2009 violent zombie comedy with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, all of whom return for this story of the team joining with a band of vigilante zombie killers in a dystopian future America. With Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch and Luke Wilson.

 

“Becoming Nobody” (Not Rated). Interviews and archival recordings of his presentations tell the story of clinical psychologist and self-styled spiritual teacher Ram Daas (now age 88) in this documentary about his life and the primary focus of his instruction. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Miles Davis: Birth of Cool” (Not Rated). Documentary biography of the legendary musician (who died in 1991 at age 65), a trumpeter, bandleader and composer who was at the forefront of rapidly changing styles of jazz during five decades of the 20th century. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)