Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Oscar Weekend Movies

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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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Rotten at 13%

  • Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Clark Duke
  • Directed by: Steve Pink
  • This time, our "heroes" travel ten years into the future.
  • Critics hate it. The humor is mostly juvenile, which would be OK if any of the jokes were funny. I hated it.

The DUFF – Fresh at 62%

  • Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell
  • Directed by: Ari Sandel
  • A high school girl is devastated to find out she is a DUFF – a Designated Ugly Fat Friend – so she enlists a charming jock to help her reinvent herself.
  • Critics like it. They say it's one of the better teen comedies in a while, and Whitman puts in some great work.

McFarland USA – Fresh at 77%

  • Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello
  • Directed by: Niki Caro (Whale Rider)
  • A feisty coach is kicked of the high school football staff, so he starts a cross country team with the sons of local migrant workers. Based on a true story
  • Critics like it. It's an old-school inspirational sports drama, but it all comes together for a rousing (and inspirational) story.

Wild Tales –Fresh at 92%

  • An anthology of Twilight-Zone type stories that skewer various aspects of the culture of Argentina. Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Critics love it. It's sharp and darkly funny, and effectively creepy.

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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