If you have been following my articles (you probably haven’t) then you know I am a huge fan of almost everything Richard Linklater does. If someone on the street walked up to me with a gun and yelled, “Name a terrible movie made by Richard Linklater in less than 30 seconds or you die!” I’d probably die.
After the wild success of Boyhood, Linklater has returned with ‘Everybody Wants Some!!‘ which has been described as the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. When we posted the first trailer for the film on our site a few months ago, we weren’t that impressed.
It didn’t look bad, it just didn’t look like anything special. And that was difficult for me to admit as a proud member of The Linksies, the exclusive fan club for the filmmaker. We meet every Tuesday night at random Waffle House locations across the country. We’re currently accepting applications, by the way.
After watching that first trailer, I was worried I might finally have an answer to give the deranged gunman who haunts my dreams. But I’m happy to report the film has been receiving great reviews from critics. It has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and fans who saw an early screening seemed to have enjoyed the experience.
Basically, if you’re a fan of Linklater, you probably won’t be disappointed. Everybody Wants Some will get a limited release on March 30, quickly followed by a wide release April 8. You should buy a ticket and support this movie because it’s the right thing to do. And also because you want some. Everybody wants some.
“Set in the world of 1980s college life, Everybody Wants Some is a comedy, directed and written by Richard Linklater, that follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.”
I’ll be honest. I am one of those people who are constantly getting duped into seeing terrible movies because their trailers did such a good job at hiding the terribleness. Thankfully, I’m starting to learn from my mistakes by checking out reviews before wasting my money.
And thanks to multiple reviews from critics, I will not be wasting my money on Zac Efron and Robert De Niro‘s comedy film, Dirty Grandpa. The trailers were moderately funny, and it looked like it might be a decent way to kill a few hours, but it looks like you’d be better off watching your grandpa try to master a hoverboard.
Dirty Grandpa currently has an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 17 rotten reviews and just two fresh reviews. And we should point out that the rotten reviews are extremely rotten. The critics aren’t saying things like, “It’s okay, I guess. If you like crude humor.”
No, they are calling it the the worst movie of the year. Daniel M. Kimmel from New England Movies Weekly wrote this in his review…
“The distributors of this cinematic crime is Lionsgate. Aware of just how awful the film is and yet wanting to fleece the public nonetheless, they demanded that film critics attending an advance screening agree to an embargo. That’s not unusual except for this: public showings begin Thursday night. The embargo for print reviews (although not online reviews) is Saturday, which just happens to be lowest circulation paper of the week. So spread the word. The worst movie of 2016 has just been released. It’s called ‘Dirty Grandpa.'”
Ouch. And if you’re thinking, “That’s just one guy!” Stop thinking that. Because we also have top critic Peter Howell who said, “Dirty Grandpa does have one distinction. It makes De Niro’s previous comedy low point Meet the Fockers look good by comparison.”
And then you have another top critic Nick Schager who wrote, “Robert De Niro hits rock-bottom opposite Zac Efron in this atrocious excuse for a comedy.”
Looks like you might want to stay away from this one.
I’ll admit, when I first saw the trailer for Pixels, I thought it had a chance to be a really funny movie. But then as time went on, it became clear to me that all the funny bits in the film were included in the trailer.
This was confirmed this week when the first reviews started coming out. The Chris Columbus directed film currently sits at a miserable 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, that number will continue to change, but it’s not looking good for Adam Sandler.
39 reviews have officially been counted and only 5 have come back with a “fresh” rating. Most critics have slammed the movie, and almost all of them are blaming Sandler. They claim this film could have been great, but unfortunately it got “Sandlerized.”
“For the remaining 99% of the moviegoing population, this slapdash, casually sexist revenge-of-the-nerds fantasy offers some mild visual distraction with its massive CGI renderings of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other old-school video game characters that have been co-opted here by malevolent space invaders, challenging Earth to the mother of all intergalactic arcade battles. Over the years, the actor’s delight in playing the egregiously stupid man-child has slowly calcified into laziness bordering on fatigue; where Sandler once exulted in our outrage (and frequently, our laughter), he now seems barely capable of mustering enough effort to carry a scene, let alone advance to level 255 of ‘Galaga.’ There’s no joy left in his shtick.”
We would show you more reviews, but the quote you see above pretty much covers it all. It’s sad to see how far Sandler has dropped. Back in the day, his name was enough to sell a movie, but now his name is enough to destroy a movie.
At this point, any film Marvel Studios puts out is expected to be a huge hit. Every single time they step in the batter’s box, they hit a grand slam. Iron Man, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and the list just goes on.
But the upcoming Ant-Man film has some Marvel fans worried. They haven’t been impressed by the trailers, and there are those out there who believe this could be a rare swing and a miss for the studio. However, like we said, this reaction is mainly due to the lackluster trailers. No one had seen the full movie yet.
That all changed Thursday night during the first press screenings. A handful of critics were able to check out the film three weeks before its July 17 release. And surprisingly, the reaction has been mostly positive.
Let’s start off with the positive tweets coming in…
Still worried about Jurassic World? I understand. The trailers for the Jurassic Park sequel haven’t been bad, but they haven’t been mind-blowing either. And it’s left many fans wondering if this movie will be another huge disappointment.
Well, I have some good news for you. Jurassic World had its world premiere in Paris last weekend, and the lucky people who were invited to the big event claim director Colin Trevorrow did a wonderful job. Frozen/The Wedding Ringer star Josh Gad was completely blown away by the movie.
As you can see, Mr. Gad seemed to enjoy the film, and does anyone really think Olaf would lie to us? No way! But even if you don’t trust the goofy snowman, there were more people praising the movie, claiming it was the best Jurassic Park sequel by far.
A Twitter user and huge Jurassic Park fan sent an email to slashfilm saying that his friends who attended the premiere loved the movie…
“From what I understand, the movie certainly is very action heavy after the first 45min (for better or worse) but has a ton of charm, and is incredibly well put together. There aren’t any major surprises for those who followed the production closely, but again, 3 out of the 4 praised it as the best JP sequel by far.”
It looks like we can rest easy. Jurassic World is going to kick some serious ass when it hits theaters June 12.