Weekend Movies: Movie Critic Matt Atchity's Take On Tomorrowland, Poltergeist

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.

 

 

Tomorrowland – Rotten at 51%

 

  • Starring: George Clooney, Brittany Robertson (Dan in Real Life), Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Keegan Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn
  • Directed by: Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
  • An optimistic, science-minded teen shares a destiny with a jaded inventor, and they embark on a journey to an enigmatic place called “Tomorrowland”.
  • Critics are split. This is a very ambitious movie, trying to make some heady philosophical points in the context of a eye-popping adventure film, but it doesn't quite deliver. I mostly liked it, but it's flawed.

 

 

Poltergeist – Rotten at 46% (hardly screened)

 

  • Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris
  • Directed by: Gil Kenan (Monster House)
  • A suburban home is haunted by evil forces, who escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive. Remake of the classic 1982 classic from Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg.
  • Critics don't like it. It pales in comparison to the original, and more recent films like Insidious and The Conjuring have mined this territory to better effect. Hardly screened for critics.

 

 

When Marnie Was There – Fresh at 82%

 

  • Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly, Geena Davis, Vanessa L. Williams, Kathy Bates, Kiernan Shipka
  • Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret of Arrietty)
  • A young girl visiting a seaside town has a mysterious encounter at a run-down mansion. The latest film from Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle)
  • Critics are impressed. This is a sweet, wistful story that doesn't fall back on wisecracks and slapstick. Possibly a final film from Studio Ghibli, and a good note to go out on.

 

 

Aloft – Rotten at 5%

 

  • Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent, Oona Chaplin
  • Directed by: Claudia Llosa (Madeinusa)
  • A renowned artist and healer has been estranged from her son (a falconer) for years, and a young journalist tries to bring them together.
  • Critics don't like it. It's hard to follow, and the drama of the story never really takes hold. There's ambition here, but it comes of as pretentious.

 

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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