Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Films From Fresh To Rotten

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.

Monkey Kingdom – Fresh at 92%

  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Directed by: Mark Linfield (Chimpanzee, Earth) & Alastair Fothergill (Bears, African Cats)
  • Follows the struggles of a young macaque mother to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of Southern Asia.
  • Critics like it. Breathtaking footage combine with a well-told story focusing mainly on one young macaque. I liked it.

Unfriended – Fresh at 72%

 

  • Starring: Shelly Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Pelts, Jacob Wysock
  • A teen girl and and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.
  • Critics like it. Manages to bring something new to the found footage genre, and delivers a surprisingly scare teen slasher movie.

True Story – Rotten at 50%

 

 

  • Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Gtechen Mol
  • Directed by: Rupert Goold (writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine)
  • A disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) - who has taken on Finkel's identity, and his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.
  • Critics are split. There's decent chemistry between Franco and Hill, but the story loses focus and thus lost a lot of critics. The naysayer say it never seems to go anywhere.

Paul Blart – Rotten at 0% (but not widely screened)

 

 

  • Starring: Kevin James, Neal McDonough, Shirley Knight, Raini Rodrigues
  • Produced by: Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, Race to Witch Mountain)
  • After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved Vegas vacation. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
  • Critics hate it. The reviews are a contest as to who can be more negative, with descriptions like “soulless” “bleak” and “loathsome.”

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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