Weekend Movies: Movie Critic Matt Atchity's Take On Mad Max, Pitch Perfect 2

Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief for the pop-culture website Rotten Tomatoes, breaks down the movies to go see, and the ones to skip this weekend.

Mad Max: Fury Road – Certified Fresh at 99%
  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • Directed by: George Miller
  • The iconic anti-hero returns to the big screen. After being capturing by a bizarre cult, Max teams up with Imperator Furiosa (Theron) to make his escape.
  • Critics love it. It more than lives up to the Mad Max legacy; the action is exhilarating and story works well too. I really liked it.
Pitch Perfect 2 – Fresh at 70%
  • Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Adam DeVine, Katey Segal, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins
  • Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
  • After an embarrassing mishap at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas are suspended from the a capella circuit, and their only way back is to win the world championship.
  • Critics like it. It hits a lot of the same notes as the first film, for better or for worse. I liked it.
Slow West – Fresh at 91%
  • Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, ParaNormal), Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Caren Pistorius
  • Directed by: John M. Maclean
  • A young Scottish man journeys to the American frontier to find the woman he loves, and falls in with a mysterious traveler while pursued by outlaws.
  • Critics are impressed. The setting and ideas are familiar, but there's an absurdity and black humor that brings something fresh to the table. Great first film from Maclean.
Good Kill – Fresh at 91%
  • Starring: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood
  • Directed by: Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War)
  • A drone operator fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in Vegas, but he yearns to be flying real planes again. As orders come in from the CIA, his nerves and commitment start to fray.
  • Critics like it. It's a good characters study of a pilot adjusting to a new role that makes him question his morality. A great performance from Ethan Hawke, and a return to form for director Niccol. (Host, In Time).
You can catch Atchity on his Rotten Tomatoes Podcast, which is available on the Rotten Tomatoes website and on iTunes. In addition, check out Rotten Tomatoes TV Zone. Connect with Atchity on Twitter @Matchity and on Google+.

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