Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Theaters Or Television 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.

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.

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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