There’s a definite feeling that the summer movie season is winding down. We are without a doubt in the decline… but it isn’t all bad yet! We’ve got The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Straight Outta Compton and Underdogs arriving to screens near you.

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.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Problem number one with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and why critics will dislike it from the get-go: the name is needlessly difficult to type out. I was annoyed after the first go around. The caps? The periods? Ugh. Luckily I copy and pasted, but man what a pain. The rest of the flick looks just as difficult and needlessly stylized. So I guess it’s appropriate.

Take a look at the trailer for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:
Much like a spy over-adorned in some James Bond getup and posturizing as "playing the part," this flick looks like the filmmakers watched a bunch of old spy flicks and worked their asses off to "modernize" them or "amp it up." The effect doesn’t appear a reimagining of an old classic or bringing a new spy caper to the big screen, but rather it appears as if they tried to cram every piece of the espionage movie genre into about two hours of film. Judging from the trailer, I’d be surprised if there was any room left for a story once they’ve cleared away the action sequences, one-liners, bad accents, shoot em up scenes and car chases.

I’ve been wrong about Guy Ritchie before. I remember having this distinct feeling about Sherlock Holmes (70%) thinking it looked much too over the top to ever rate anywhere with critics. That was an oops. But Ritchie’s touch isn’t exactly King Midas. He’s got some middling, frenetic films like RocknRolla (59%) and Revolver (17%) that show the style from Snatch, etc isn’t a total lock.

There are reasons to be concerned here. This flick was supposed to come out in January, but got pushed back to the summer. This is almost never a good thing. Additionally, the fact that there are no reviews out yet is almost always a sign of doom. While the names are big, as is the onscreen action, it looks like there’s a decided lack of substance even in the three minute trailer (And you’d be surprised what good movies will pack into that time).

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