Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews: 'Pixels,' 'Paper Towns'

(FOX 11) 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.

Pixels – Rotten at 19%

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Sean Bean

Directed by: Chris Columbus (First two Harry Potter films, Mrs. Doubtfire)

When aliens attack the earth using 80s-era video games as the models for their assaults, the president calls his old friends – former video game champions – to help save the world.

Critics hate it.  The filmmaking from Columbus is better than the last few Sandler movies, and there are real actors here, but the script is pretty awful.  I didn’t like it.

Southpaw – Rotten at 52%

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Oona Laurence

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Training Day)

Light heavyweight champion Billy Hope has it all – an undefeated record, a loving family and a beautiful home.  But when tragedy hits, he loses everything, and has to start all over again.

Critics are split.  Everyone calls out terrific performances, but the melodrama is too unrelenting for some.    I liked the performances, but I think it has tonal issues.

Paper Towns – Fresh at 61%

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Directed by: Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank)

A high school boy sneaks out with his mysterious neighbor for an adventure-filled night.  But then she disappears, leading Quentin on a quest to track her down.  Adapted from the John Green book.

Critics like it.  It’s not quite as clever as it pretends to be, but the actors put it grounded performances, and it’s earnest and thoughtful enough to work.

Unexpected – Fresh at 67%

Starring: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean, Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern

Written by: Kris Swanberg

An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two grow closer while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.

Critics like it. It’s a thoughtful, well-acted and thought-provoking, but maybe a little mild overall.

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