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.
Inside Out – Fresh at 100%
- Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith
- Directed by: Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up, writer of Toy Story & Toy Story 2)
- 11-year-old Miley is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father takes a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, she's guided by her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness.
- Critics love it. They say it proves that Pixar stands alone in modern filmmaking; the movie is very philosophical and conceptually daring, but emotional moving and fun, too. I loved it.
Dope – Fresh at 88%
- Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Zoe Kravitz, Quincy Brown, Rick Fox, Forest Whitaker
- Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar)
- Malcolm is a straight-A student working on his college applications while navigating life in a tough LA neighborhood. And chance invitation to an underground party leads to an unexpected adventure…
- Critics love it. They say it's smart and insightful, with a starmaking performance from Moore. (Big hit with audiences at Sundance and at Cannes).
Infinitely Polar Bear – Fresh at 81%
- Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Keir Dullea
- Directed by: Maya Forbes (screenwriter of Monsters vs. Aliens, The Rocker)
- After a move to a halfway house, a bipolar man tries to rebuild his relationship with his wife and daughters, and it's all accelerated when Cameron has to take care of the kids full-time when wife Maggie heads to school.
- Critics are really like it. 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.
True Detective – Fresh at 69%
- Starring: Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly
- Written by: Nick Pizzolatto
- Starts off with the murder of a corrupt California politician with possible ties to a career criminal, and the ensuing investigation that brings together three law-enforcement officers from different jurisdictions.
- Critics like it. It has a similar dreamlike tone, although a bit darker this time. There are more characters to follow this time, in spite of only 7 episodes, but it's a solid start.
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