While most weeks this summer have featured just one or two wide releases arriving in theaters, that’s not the case this time, as we have a big slate of movies hitting the screen this week. We’ve got Fantastic Four, The Gift, Ricki and the Flash, and The Shaun the Sheep Movie all soon coming to a theater near you… and it’s time to take a look and see just how well they will end up doing with critics.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

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Fantastic Four
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Ah, the Negative Zone. A place for family gatherings, the occasional happy hour get together, light-hearted fare and a chance to have your body irreparably changed and altered in such a way that you’ll gain powers you never thought were possible. Insane stretchiness, invisibility, rock hard (literally) muscles and/or full body flame suit. It’s really a great place to spend a little time. This summer, fans will have their own chance to check it out in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four… but if the buzz is any indication, it may not be much of a trip.

Start to see what I mean by watching the trailer below:
After an ultimately disappointing first run at Fantastic Four (26%) about a decade ago, Fox assumed it was time for a reboot. It would be difficult to be anywhere near as bad as the first two iterations of the quartet. Those flicks were jokey, somewhat nonsensical, corny and at times downright bad. That the first one came in the same year as Batman Begins (where we saw how good comic book movies could be made) and just slightly before Marvel jumped back on the map with Iron Man, and the reality is that the Fantastic Four movies helped in many ways to usher out a dying breed of pieces of crap comic book fare and transition into what we have going on today. So I guess we can thank them for that.

In this reboot, the Fantastic Four occupy a much darker world and tone. With a great cast of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, this flick appears to almost fit more atmospherically in the DC Universe than Marvel. It’s definitely a totally new look for the group one that isn’t necessarily reminiscent of the actual comic books, but that’s not exactly a bad thing.

It’s hard to get a read on Josh Trank’s vision here. While he boosts confidence with his previous directorial work in Chronicle (85%), I’m not totally sure this movie lands. I want it to be great because I’ll take a good comic book flick any day, but there are a lot of moving parts: Many powers to deal with, a villain in Dr. Doom who strays a little from the comic book style of his character and some other je ne sais quoi that I just can’t put a finger on. It may be just how dark the trailer feels.

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