It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. Which means Mrs. Rotten Week has a laundry list of outdoor jobs needing be done. They’ll have to wait though. We’ve got a lot of business to take care of with movies coming out this week. Cruise goes Phil Connors and Shailene Woodley gets sick.

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.

Edge of Tomorrow
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One of my favorite parts of movies like this is the assumption that some alien race would actually want to come and take over Earth. We are so completely wrapped up in ourselves (universally) as to presuppose that a vastly superior race of beings would travel long distances and die for a chance to take over a planet that’s been slowly and painstakingly destroyed by the current inhabitants. This is the macro version of the guy in your neighborhood whose house is a shitbox but he puts it up for sale 20% over market value because it’s his and who the hell wouldn’t want it? We treat alien-taking-over-Earth flicks much the same way. Who wouldn’t want to come live here? It’s not like it isn’t over-polluted, resource-drained and spilling over at the seams with self-absorbed humans. Man are we clueless.

I’ll get more into it in a second, but for now check out the Edge of Tomorrow trailer:

This plot flaw aside, Edge of Tomorrow looks awesome. Tom Cruise is such a fascinating dude. To be kind of considered a joke in the public eye and yet just consistently crush on the big screen seems almost impossible. It probably means he’s an even better actor than we think because he’s got to overcomes the "crazy Scientologist and just general weird" baggage right at the start of every performance. And yet here he is again in a movie the critics are flipping out over. Amazing.

In what appears to be a Groundhog Day meets Independence Day scenario, Cruise’s character is tasked with saving the world from an alien species that can rewind the day and train to defeat their opponent. And yet they still saw Earth as a solid upward move. Nice.

Director Doug Liman has had his wins like The Bourne Ultimatum (94%) and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (59%-and probably unfairly skewed low by critics) and his losses like Jumper (16%). Edge of Tomorrow is going to join the former group without a doubt. It’s sitting in the mid 90’s through more than forty reviews. That’s a huge number for a sci-fi flick (or really any movie). Critics love it (including our own Kristy Puchko). I can’t wait to see it. Now let’s clean this place up so aliens want to take it over. That should be our goal.

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