Check Out The Early Reviews Coming Out Of Sundance For Bo Burnham’s Directorial Debut ‘Eighth Grade’

Back in December of 2017, we broke the news to you all that comedian Bo Burnham would be making his directorial debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Well, Sundance is here, and Bo’s coming-of-age drama/comedy ‘Eighth Grade‘ has premiered.

The film, which tells the “story of a young girl during her last days of Eighth Grade as she tries to navigate all the awkwardness of being a middle-schooler with social anxiety,” already has a great distributor in A24, so it wasn’t entering the festival in hopes of being purchased. All Burnham had to worry about were the reviews coming in from the general audience and the critics.

And thankfully, most of the reviews have been positive. IndieWire’s Kate Erbland gave the film a wonderful ‘A-‘ rating and described the film as an “achingly real, firmly modern coming-of-age tale – with honesty and vulnerability to spare.”

She, along with almost every critic, praised Elsie Fisher’s performance in the film. She reportedly appears in every scene and immediately demands your attention. It’s being described as a ” breakthrough” performance for the young star, who had mostly worked on animated films before this. She was the voice of Agnes in the ‘Despicable Me‘ franchise.

The avclub writes

“Burnham’s stroke of genius, luck, or both was the casting of Elsie Fisher, best known for voicing pint-sized unicorn fanatic Agnes in the Despicable Me movies. As Kayla, who shoots her own weekly YouTube advice column amusingly out of step with the reality of her status as class wallflower, Fisher brings a spot-on self-consciousness to the role—a fumbling sincerity, a struggle to get out every word, that makes her alternately invisible and vulnerable to her confident, shark-eyed teenage classmates.”

I haven’t seen a negative review for the film yet. It might not take home as many awards as A24’s previous coming-of-age story, Lady Bird, but it looks like Burnham’s first film will be a great success. And honestly, I’m not surprised at all. He’s something special.

‘Lady Bird’ Sets Rotten Tomatoes Record, It’s Now The Most Reviewed Movie To Stay At Perfect 100% Rating

If you missed our post last week, where we talked about how wonderful Lady Bird is, you should go check it out now. The coming-of-age dramedy truly is perfect. And when I say perfect, I don’t mean it’s the best film ever made, I simply mean I have nothing negative to say about it. There’s not one thing I would subtract, add, or alter.

The film, which was written and directed by Greta Gerwig, has been receiving rave reviews from critics…all critics. Every critic out there, and that’s not hyperbole.

It still has that 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it the most reviewed film to stay at that mark in the site’s history. It’s been reviewed by 170 critics, and all 170 of them gave the film a fresh rating. Before Lady Bird came around, Toy Story 2 had the record with the 100% rating after 163 reviews. That being said, Toy Story 3 has a 99% rating with over 290 reviews counted, which could be considered more impressive.

On the Gotham Awards red carpet, Gerwig was shocked by the news that her film beat a record set by Toy Story 2…

“It’s amazing. It’s so exciting. You make a movie and you put so much into it . . . to have it reflected back to you, it’s an amazing thing.”

This definitely sets it up nicely for a wonderful Oscar run. It should probably at least receive four nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.

If you haven’t watched it yet, please do. You’ll enjoy it…I promise.

Critics Say ‘Happy Death Day’ Is Like ’13 Going On 30′ But With Murder, And That’s Enough To Get Us Excited

Sometimes you see a trailer for a silly horror film and you think, “Okay. That’s dumb,” and then sometimes you think, “Okay. That’s dumb, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun to watch.”

When I saw the trailer for Happy Death Day a few weeks ago, I had the second reaction. Maybe it was the fact that 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’ was playing throughout the trailer, or maybe it was that it reminded me of a campy, horror version of Groundhog Day.

Happy Death Day hits theaters this weekend, which means the reviews are slowly starting to come in. Out of 7 reviews, 5 have been fresh, and this review from The Verge has us really excited because it compares the movie to 13 Going On 30

“The structural conceit of Happy Death Day is obviously borrowed from Groundhog Day — which gets a hat tip in the movie’s final scene — but it actually has a lot more in common with the 2004 Jennifer Garner gem 13 Going on 30.”

I’m sold. I ain’t afraid to admit I loved (love) 13 Going on 30. I watch that movie every single time I’m sick in bed. It always puts me in a good mood.

I know Happy Death Day won’t change my life or win any awards, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be extremely entertaining to watch.

The Emoji Movie Is Getting The Worst Reviews A Film Has Ever Received, Read The Brutal Comments Inside!

We have seen movies get bad reviews before, but the reviews coming in for The Emoji Movie are especially terrible. It currently sits at a 3% on Rotten Tomatoes. 29 rotten reviews and just one positive review.

And those rotten reviews are truly rotten. We’re talking about the most horrid smell you can imagine. If this movie was a crime, it would be murder-suicide.

Matt Singer from ScreenCrush wrote:

“It would be fitting if there were no words to describe The Emoji Movie; if the ephemeral experience of consuming this unique entertainment could only be summarized in a couple of small pictures dashed off in a text message. But, no, there are plenty of words that can describe The Emoji Movie. Here are a few of them: Unfunny. Saccharine. Nonsensical. Painful. And, of course, crappy. (If you prefer the poop emoji, that works too.)”

Alissa Wilkinson from Vox wrote this in her review:

“Most likely, it was going to be a garbage fire. And now that I’ve seen it, I can confirm that suspicion: The Emoji Movie is a waste of time, resources, and a bunch of comedians’ voices, plus a premise that actually had the potential to do some small good in the world. It’s less of a movie and more of an insult.”

And finally Peter Sobczynski from RogerEbert.com had this to say…

“‘The Emoji Movie’ may be as depressing of a film experience as anything to come out this year but if the reaction of the kids that I saw it with is any indication, there may be hope for the future after all.”

Ouch. We knew this film would get slammed, but we had no idea it would be this bad. In a way, I want to watch it just to see how horrible it truly is. But I don’t have $15 to be wasting on a crappy movie.

Just In Case You Haven’t Heard, ‘Girls Trip’ Is The Funniest Movie Of 2017, Read What The Critics Are Saying Inside!

I’ll be honest. When I first watched the trailer for Girls Trip, I didn’t think much about it. I didn’t watch it and think, “Oh wow. That’s going to be terrible,” but I also didn’t think it would be anything special.

I was wrong, though. It is something special. It’s probably the funniest movie of 2017 so far, and it’s making good money at the box office, especially for an R-rated comedy.

It currently sits at an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Out of 72 reviews, just 8 have been rotten. It made over $30 million during its opening weekend, which makes it the most successful start for an R-rated comedy in two years. It’s also the best opening weekend for any live-action comedy this year.

And we have to remember it made this impressive $30 million total going up against Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which made a little over $50 million.

So why is this movie doing so well? It’s funny. It really is that simple. It is a funny movie, and one of the funniest parts of the movie? Tiffany Haddish. She steals every scene she’s in, and this will likely make her a huge star in Hollywood. Similar to Zach Galifianakis’ rise following The Hangover franchise.

Still not convinced you should watch this movie? Read some of the comments below from the critics…

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone magazine:

“In all the ways ‘Rough Night’ went wrong, ‘Girl Trip’ goes hilariously right. Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and-yowza!- Tiffany Haddish let laughs bubble out of character instead of blunt-force farce. It makes all the difference.”

Richard Roeper from Chicago SunTimes writes:

“Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah are as reliable as ever onscreen. And Regina Hall gives one of her best performances as Ryan, who keeps on telling everyone you can “have it all” even as her own marriage tells a different story.”

Sandy Cohen from Associated Press praised Haddish:

“I can’t wait to see this film again (and again), and to watch Haddish in whatever she does next.”

You must watch this film. Support good comedy!

Looking For A Movie To Watch This Weekend? Check out ‘Baby Driver,’ The Early Reviews Have Been Great!

We have been talking about Baby Driver for a few months now on this site. After watching the first trailer, we knew this had the potential to be a special film. If you still haven’t watched the trailer, you can check it out above. You’ll see what we’re talking about. It looks incredibly entertaining.

And now we have confirmation from the critics. The early reviews are coming in and they’re pretty much all positive. It currently has 69 fresh reviews and just 1 rotten review.

Sara Stewart from the New York Post wrote that she was still thinking about the movie a week later, “It’s been a week since I saw ‘Baby Driver,’ and I’m still pleasantly buzzed.”

The USA Today’s Brian Truitt wrote this in his review…

“When all cylinders are pumping, Baby Driver is an enchanting experiment that puts the pedal to the metal. And even a few off notes can’t stop the beat of Wright’s fast and furious symphony.”

And Steve Persall from the Tampa Bay Times wrote this…

“Wright takes music video literalization to breathtaking heights. Baby Driver doesn’t operate from its hero’s point of view but rather his point of hearing, essentially the same thing. Wright’s ingenious approach literally turns the genre on its ear.”

That last review gets us really excited. I love films that mix in music seamlessly. A great soundtrack is just as important as anything else, so it’s nice to know Edgar Wright has nailed it.

The film hits theaters this weekend. Go check it out.

Don’t Be Fooled, ‘All Eyez On Me’ Is Not On The Same Level As ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Back in 2015, Straight Outta Compton took over the box office and surprised everyone. It was a hit with the fans and the critics. It made over $200 million at the box office and rocked a satisfying 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a great movie.

And some people want you to believe the new Tupac biopic ‘All Eyez On Me‘ is on that same level, but we’re here to warn you that it’s not. You want to know how much this movie sucks?

There is a commercial playing on MTV promoting the movie, and during the commercial, it boasts about how Variety said it was “one of the 10 films you should watch in June.” THAT’S THE BEST QUOTE THEY COULD FIND! Not even one of the 10 best films of the summer, just one of the 10 movies you should see in June…LOL!

It currently sits at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, and most critics are slamming the film for the same reason: it fails to go deep. Barry Hertz from Globe and Mail wrote this…

“A by-the-numbers biopic that trades on the worst clichés of the hip-hop world (that is, drugs, bling and a preoccupation with women’s butts that puts the Fast and Furious franchise to shame).”

And Glenn Kenny from the New York Times had this to say…

“Not only a clumsy and often bland account of his life and work, but it also gives little genuine insight into his thought, talent or personality.”

It’a shame. Tupac deserves better. If, for some reason, you still want to watch this movie, it’s currently playing at a theater near you. But one final warning, its runtime is 140 minutes.

Do you want to waste that much time on a mediocre film?

Critics Are Saying ‘The Mummy’ Is Tom Cruise’s Worst Film Ever

I was going to start this post off by saying, “poor Tom Cruise,” but then I thought about his life, his money, his fame, and I realized no one should ever feel bad for Cruise .

But still, he must feel a bit shi**y today. The reviews for Universal’s monster movie, The Mummy, are coming in, and they are brutal. Critics claim it’s the worst Tom Cruise film ever. It currently sits at 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has 119 rotten reviews and just 27 fresh reviews.

Sara Stewart from the New York Post wrote this in her review:

“It’s hard to tell if it’s Cruise or the dragging weight of the movie, but he’s almost totally devoid of the star power that makes the “Mission: Impossible” movies compulsively watchable.”

And J.R. Kinnard from PopMatters offered up this great line:

“A wise man once said, ‘Only a fool would make a campy horror movie into a serious drama.’ Actually, no one ever said that, but they should have, preferably on Tom Cruise’s voicemail.”

It’s also bad news at the box office for the film. It brought home around $2.7 million during its Thursday night preview, which is a terrible start, and puts it on track to be the lowest opening in The Mummy franchise. Experts believe it will make $30 million this weekend. That’s below 1999’s The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

The one bit of good news is that the film is performing well internationally…

“It opened in an additional 33 markets on Thursday with strong results in both Russia ($1.6 million and 62 percent market share for the biggest Tom Cruise opening day ever) and Brazil ($526,000 for the biggest Tom Cruise opening day ever). It also opened in China Friday, with early results indicating an strong $18.7 million (127.4M RMB) opening day, which would also make the biggest opening for a Tom Cruise film in that market. Early total for the Wednesday and Thursday openers are landing at $20.5 million.”

Reviews For ‘Wonder Woman’ Are Coming Out, And They Are Extremely Positive!

Hollywood could use some good news after the incredibly disappointing Memorial Day weekend. If you didn’t see the numbers, you can click on this link to check out the box office numbers.

But Wonder Woman is here to save the day, and possibly even the summer. The film, which opens June 2, is getting great reviews from critics. It currently sits at a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has 63 fresh reviews and just 2 rotten reviews.

Comic Book Resources opened their review with this headline, “Wonder Woman Review’: Far And Away The Best DCEU Movie Yet”

“Tasked with the harrowing challenge of helming the first female-fronted superhero film of the genre’s latest boom, Jenkins delivers the full package, an enthralling journey with exhilarating and inventive action, a charismatic cast, moments of heartwarming levity and heart-wrenching drama, and — best of all — a protagonist we can clutch to, and want to follow on more and more adventures.”

Forbes’ Mark Hughes wrote this in his review…

“Wonder Woman is an electrifying, breathtaking cinematic achievement sure to win the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.”

And finally io9’s Germain Lussier had this to say about the movie…

“Gal Gadot’s Diana is her best performance to date, blending the kindness, power, and innocence needed for the iconic character. Her story is very clean and very aggressively paced, peppered with lots of action, just the right amount of mythology, and — for the first time in a DCEU film — a lot of humor.”

Sounds promising, yeah? It should dominate the box office this weekend. The positive reviews will help put a few more butts in the seats.

Of course this could be a case of critics afraid to speak their mind because it’s a female-focused superhero movie. We saw a similar thing happen with Jordan Peele’sGet Out‘ film. Critics were a bit excessive with their reviews because of the subject matter. We’re not saying Get Out was a bad movie. It was a good film.

But it was not 99% rating good. The same thing could be happening with Wonder Woman.

Wait, What? Adam Sandler Is Getting Outstanding Reviews From Critics For His Performance In ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ COULD HE BE NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR?

Adam Sandler is a tough nut to crack. For the past 5-10 years, every Adam Sandler film (put out by his Happy Madison Productions) has been awful. They have been so terrible that people have started to forget about his great movies in the ’90s and early 2000s. Kids today see Sandler as a joke.

And that’s really sad because we all know he has real talent. He showed off his acting skills in the 2002 drama Punch Drunk Love, but for some reason he didn’t continue down drama road. Instead, he went the opposite direction and started making movies like The Ridiculous 6.

But maybe, at the age of 50, Sandler is ready to turn things around. He stars in Noah Baumbach’s latest film The Meyerowitz Stories  (New and Selected). 

The movie, which is about an estranged, dysfunctional New York family, received a four-minute standing ovation after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

And do you know which cast member is getting the most praise? Adam Sandler. And that’s saying a lot because this movie also stars Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson. In the film, Sandler plays the oldest son of a cranky “and memory-challenged New York sculptor Harold Meyerowitz, played by Hoffman.”

Sandler is getting legit Oscar buzz for his performance. Several critics say Sandler deserves a nomination for his performance. Variety wrote this in their review…

“Perhaps that’s why Netflix, which is in the Adam Sandler business, scooped up this relatively high-brow Scott Rudin production just weeks before its Cannes film festival premiere. Still, it’s odd to think that the company responsible for Sandy Wexler and The Ridiculous Six could conceivably earn Sandler his first Oscar nomination — and his best role since Punch-Drunk Love played Cannes in 2002.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to watch this movie.