Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Solid Picks At The Movies This Weekend

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 summer.

Ant-Man – Certified Fresh at 76%

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, T.I., Judy Greer

Directed by: Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Down With Love, Bring It On)

An ex-con (Scott Lang) finds it too hard to go straight, so he takes on a job where he something he never expected – a suit that lets him shrink to the size on an ant!  Now he has to team up with the suits inventor to make sure the technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Critics like it.  This is heist film, and a smaller story that the last few Marvel films which works well here.  It’s light, breezy, and fun, with plenty of laughs and excitement (even if the stakes are lower).    I liked it a lot.

Trainwreck – Certified Fresh at 90%

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, John Cena, Randall Park, Jon Glaser, Tilda Swinton, LaBron James, Norman Lloyd

Directed by: Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin)

Amy is a hard-drinking, hard partying magazine writer, who starts to fall for a sports doctor that she’s writing about, but she may not be ready to finally grow up.

Critics are raving.  Make no mistake, this is a raunchy Apatow comedy, but it’s sharply written, avoiding a lot of the standard rom-com clichés.  It’s both hilarious and surprisingly touching.  I think it’s terrific.

Mr. Holmes – Certified Fresh at 83%

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan

Directed by: Bill Condon (Gods & Monsters, Kinsey)

In 1947, an aging Holmes returns from war-torn Japan to live out his days in a seaside farmhouse.  As he grapples with diminishing powers of his mind, he revisits the case that forced him into retirement.

Critics love it.  The film focus on the character of Holms, as opposed to the thrill of the chase, and it’s a tender, emotional drama with powerful performances.

The Stanford Prison Experiment – Fresh at 83%

Starring: Billy Crudup. Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous, The Knick), Ezra Miler

Written by: Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Easier with Practice)

This is the true story of Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s psychological study that took a shockingly dark turn.

Critics are very impressed. A disturbing true story that’s thought-provoking and well-acted.  Critics say it takes a straightforward approach, but that only serves to highlight the dread.

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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