There are a few new releases this weekend, although the demand for them hasn’t kept in line with the previous films of the summer. Although there are many to choose from, here’s a concise list of releases this weekend you should watch and the ones you should skip.
From first time writer-director Joel Egerton comes The Gift, starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton himself. Although it’s not poised to break any box office records or become much competition, critics and audiences alike are raving about it, which gives us a lot of hope. Watch it!
IMDB: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
SHAUN THE SHEEP
After a successful theatrical release in most of Europe, Shaun the Sheep finally graces moviegoers in the United States. Although its Wednesday preview opening was a disappointing $852k, its managed to attain a rare acclaim from critics and fans like Inside Out earlier this summer and should set out for a decent run. Watch it!
IMDB: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
RICKI AND THE FLASH
Everyone loves Meryl Streep (or so it should be law), but Ricki and the Flash seems to be a departure from her usual fare. Penned by Juno scribe Diablo Cody, it follows the story of a musician who decides to make things right with her family. Critics aren’t too keen on the film giving it a lukewarm welcome to the silver screen. Maybe.
IMDB: 6.1 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Fantastic Four!? More like Fantastic Bore. Critics and audiences alike are pummeling the film, calling it anything but special. Problems have plagued production, from a recluse director (Josh Trank of Chronicle) to reshoots only three months before release, and the cancellation of a 3D conversion. SKIP IT!
IMDB: 4.2 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 9%
If you’re looking for something not just good, but great, then the best film this weekend goes to Sean Baker’s Tangerine. A film about two transgendered prostitutes in Los Angeles on Christmas eve who go on a journey to find a cheating pimp-slash-boyfrined. It’s absolutely refreshing cinema, and if the trailer doesn’t convince you to go out and support it, maybe our review of it and the 94% Rotten Tomatoes score will. It’s everything cinema should be.