Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Action And Fun 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 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.

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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