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.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Certified Fresh at 75%
- Starring: Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
- Directed by: Joss Whedon
- The Avengers have been taking down more threats (including Hydra), but Stark's new peacekeeping robot Ultron has some dangerous ideas about how to ensure peace once and for all.
- Critics like it. Whedon manages to juggle a lot of characters, a lot of action, and a lot of tidbits feeding into other Marvel projects. I mostly liked it.
Age of Adaline – Rotten at 54%
- Starring: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn
- Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
- A young woman has an accident in the late 30s that causes her to stop aging. She lives a life of solitude in order to protect her secret, but she meets someone that may make her finally take a chance on love.
- Critics are split. There are good performances from the cast, but the story doesn't work all that well for some critics. I enjoyed it.
Welcome to Me – Fresh at 71%
- Starring: Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Linda Cardellini, Alan Tudyk, Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
- Directed by: Shira Piven (sister to Jeremy Piven, wife of Adam McKay)
- A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery and buys her own talk show on a local station.
- Critics like it. It's not for everyone, but there is a very interesting performance here from Wiig, and the goes in directions you don't really expect. I liked it.
Iris – Fresh at 100%
- Starring: Iris Apfel
- Produced by: Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens)
- A portrait of influential, 93-year-old style maven Iris Apfel.
- Critics love it. Although there's definitely an affection for the subject matter, Apfel never takes herself all that seriously, which makes her (and the movie) that much more charming. I really liked it.
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