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Jurassic World – Fresh at 70%
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, BD Wong, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)
After the disasters that marred the opening Jurassic Park, the InJen corporation has successfully reopened the island as Jurassic World. But declining attendance inspires the creation of a new terror, Indominous Rex, who escapes and causes catastrophic breakouts across the park.
Critics mildly like it. It's hard to escape the shadow of the original, and that Trevorrow is no Spielberg. The dinosaur action is the best part, but it takes too long to get started, and the human stories are unsatisfying. I mostly liked it.
Me & Earl & The Dying Girl – Certified Fresh at 87%
Starring: Thomas Mann (Project X), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), RJ Cyler, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story, Glee)
Greg Gains, an awkward high school senior, is forced to spend time with Rachel, a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.
Critics love it. Great script and very well-cast, and a coming-of-age movie that's smarter and more charming than most. I liked it. (Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance).
Live From New York – Rotten at 46%
Starring: Lorne Michaels, Chevy Chase, Tina Fey, Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin, Garret Morris, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Al Franken, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
Directed by: Bao Nguyen
A look at the inception of SNL, and it's lasting affect on American culture.
Critics are unimpressed. It's a parade stars, but it's really more hagiographic than penetrating, and very little of the more controversial behind-the-scenes moments get much coverage. I was disappointed.
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