Fresh V Rotten (May 30, 2014)


This weekend in movies, we have Angelina Jolie’s return to acting since 2010’s “The Tourist” (2011 if you count “Kung Fu Panda 2”), Seth MacFarlane’s sophomore directorial effort (this time without a teddy bear), James McAvoy going crazy again, and Jesse Eisenberg blowing up a dam. Time to check out what’s fresh and what’s rotten.


“A Million Ways to Die in the West” – 33% ROTTEN

General Consensus: “While it offers a few laughs and boasts a talented cast, Seth MacFarlane’s overlong, aimless ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ is a disappointingly scattershot affair.”


“Maleficent” – 50% ROTTEN

General Consensus: “Angelina Jolie’s magnetic performance outshines ‘Maleficent”s dazzling special effects; unfortunately, the movie around them fails to justify all that impressive effort.”


“Filth” – 66% FRESH

General Consensus: “Warped, grimy, and enthusiastically unpleasant, ‘Filth’ lives up to its title splendidly.”


“Night Moves” – 80% CERTIFIED FRESH

General Consensus: “A uniquely character-driven thriller with a finely composed cast and some outstanding direction from Kelly Reichardt, ‘Night Moves’ bolsters its thought-provoking themes with compelling drama.”


Overall Tomatometer Score for the Weekend: 57% ROTTEN

From the looks of it, small films, “Night Moves” and “Filth,” easily dominate the weekend over the  hotly anticipated “Maleficent” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”


I must admit, I am a little surprised by the tomatometer score for MacFarlane’s film. Despite me thinking that it’d still get a rotten score, I didn’t expect for it to be this low in comparison to the 69% rating that his first film, “Ted,” received. He better hope that the sequel scheduled for next summer is successful and not another “Hangover Part II” (34%).

As for Jolie and Disney, I expected the mixed score considering past Disney adaptations, “Alice in Wonderland” (51%) and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” (59%). Still, unfortunate to hear. However, it doesn’t disappoint me considering I was never looking forward to the film in the first place.

As for the independent releases, “Filth” is right in line with the similarly raunch-glorified Scorsese hit, “The Wolf of Wall Street” (77%), even if it most likely won’t gain as much of a following in the long-run. “Night Moves” looks to be a solid addition to what looks to be a great year for Jesse Eisenberg following the success of “The Double” (83%).

What movies will you be checking out this weekend? Will you give MacFarlane’s western comedy or Jolie’s fantasy epic a shot or will you focus on the psychotic McAvoy or menacing Eisenberg? As for me, I’m going to be checking out “A Million Ways to Die in the West” simply out of curiosity and might even seek out “Night Moves” thanks to the positive buzz. Go to the comments or vote in the poll and let me know what you will be seeing.

Thank you guys so much for reading and, as always, “Follow the Screen, Scene X Scene!”


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