Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Mixed Bag Of Movies Before The Oscars

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.


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Jupiter Ascending – Rotten at 25%

Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne

Directed by: Andy and Lana Wachowski

A young house cleaner in Chicago finds out that she's a queen of a galactic royal family, and has a claim to the ownership of the earth. But she'll need the help of a disgraced soldier to stay alive long enough to make her claim.

Critics don't like it. There's a lot of spectacle here, but that's about all it's got going for it. The story is hard to follow and not very compelling, and the action is disappointingly repetitive. I was disappointed.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – Fresh at 75%

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown

Directed by: Paul Tibbit

Spongebob tries to thwart Plankton's latest scheme to steal the secret recipe for Krabby Patties, but a pirate named Burgerbeard is going to complicate matters so much that the heroes need a third dimension.

Critics like it. It may not convert any new fans, but there are plenty of laughs, and adults will have almost as much fun as the kids. I really liked it.

Seventh Son – Rotten at 8%

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes

Directed by: Sergei Bordov (Mongol)

An again knight has only a short time to train his apprentice to thwart the vengeance of an evil witch.

Critics hate it. There's a great cast here, but the dialogue and plot is fairly awful. Some are calling this movie the one to beat for worst of the year.

The Voices – Fresh at 76%

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver

Directed by: Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)

Jerry, an average guy just happens to have a dog and cat that talk to him. Naturally, the cat recommends murder…

Critics like it. A great performance from Reynolds anchors a very, very black comedy.

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" here.

Connect with Atchity on Twitter @Matchity and on Google+.

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