The weather’s turning brisk. Leaves are changing colors. People are enamored with apples and pumpkins. And the fall movie season is sputtering into gear. We’ve got some flicks to talk about this week with a little fury, Nicholas Sparks, and books about life.

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.

Fury
Rotten Watch Prediction
If you think Hollywood has had its fill of World War II, well you have another thing coming. The creative types will never get tired of rolling out this mainstay as its fall back for war movies. And it isn’t because there haven’t been wars since then (or movies made about them), but rather WWII has all the hallmarks of the drama a moviemaker is looking for. A big bad. A European or Asian backdrop. The Greatest Generation. And a sense at the time that the ends justified the means (I’m not saying they didn’t or they did, but at the time there seemed to be no doubt). So I believe we’re destined to have more and more wars, but the World War II will be the one always coming back.

See a Brad Pitt-led tank squad roll in Fury,



In Fury, Brad Pitt plays WarDaddy, a dude (from the trailer) not too dissimilar to his run as Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds. He’s the toned down version here - a dude running a small tank squad into the heart of German territory. He’s surrounded by a group of familiar faces in Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and John Bernthal who will probably all die.

Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch - 85%, Street Kings - 36%, Sabotage - 18%), Fury’s trended positive with its critical score early on. The Tomatometer sits at 65% through about twenty reviews, with even the negative marks doing so somewhat apologetically. This is not to say others will rate it strong across the board, but it gives hope that the flick will stick above the 50% mark. Ayer’s other work, brutal at times, over-the-top in others, points to a director comfortable getting gritty and violent, and when it’s warranted it works. That can play in a flick about war, and I think on the whole critics keep this film in the positive.

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