Fresh V Rotten (June 6, 2014)

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This weekend in movies, we have Tom Cruise dying over and over again, Shailene Woodley going through cancer, and Jenny Slate doing stand up comedy. It’s that time again to see what’s fresh and what’s rotten.

 

“Edge of Tomorrow” – 89% CERTIFIED FRESH

General Consensus: “Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.”

 

“The Fault in Our Stars” – 79% CERTIFIED FRESH

General Consensus: “Wise, funny, and heartbreaking without resorting to exploitation, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ does right by its bestselling source material.”

 

“Obvious Child” – 88% FRESH

General Consensus: “Tackling a sensitive subject with maturity, honesty, and wit, ‘Obvious Child’ serves as a deeply promising debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre.”

 

Overall Tomatometer Score for the Weekend: 85% FRESH

Whether you’re craving action, drama, or comedy, looks like all three of this weekends releases are perfect for you!

 

When I first started noticing that the reviews for “Edge of Tomorrow” had been so positive, I was shocked. I thought it looked like a fun movie, but I didn’t think that so many critics would be in favor of it considering the lukewarm reaction to Cruise’s past two films, “Oblivion” (54%) and “Jack Reacher” (61%). This is more on the side of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (93%), which is extremely exciting to see.

I’m also happy to see that “The Fault in Our Stars” isn’t another exploitative, preachy pile of garbage like “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (46%). It’s also really nice to see that Woodley is continuing to make critically successful films like “The Descendents” (89%) and “The Spectacular Now” (93%), even if this is on the lesser end.

As for “Obvious Child,” I don’t know much about any of the people involved in the film besides the fact that Jenny Slate comes from “Saturday Night Live.” However, what really excites me about this movie is that it’s coming from up and coming studio, A24,whom have been behind some of the best films in the past couple films. Whether they be critically beloved like this year’s “Locke” (89%), “Under the Skin” (86%), and “The Spectacular Now,” or generally well-received like “Spring Breakers” (65%), “The Bling Ring” (60%), and “Enemy” (75%), they all have their strong supporters.I, myself, loved all of those films except “The Bling Ring” so this is nothing but good news for me.

What movies will you be seeing this weekend? Will you be having fun with Tom Cruise, crying with Shailene Woodley, or laughing with Jenny Slate? As for me, I plan on seeing all of these films, but I will probably end up seeing “Edge of Tomorrow” first. Make sure to comment and vote in the poll for which one you plan on seeing.

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

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