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We've only got one movie on the docket in a rather slow, post-Thanksgiving week of flicks. This time around, we have an exorcism gone wrong (do they ever go right?) in a new horror movie. Get ready for The Possession of Hannah Grace.
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.
A quick heads up for any newly minted coroners out there: if a body comes into your purview because they were part of a failed exorcism, just walk the other way and let your coworker take the lead on that one. There's no reason to get involved. It's only going to end badly. Such is the case with Ms. Hannah Grace, who comes to the morgue dead from a failed eradication of demons. She falls right into the life of the main character who needs to dispatch of the ghoul before she gets killed herself. Not so easy with these things, and a good reason to not get yourself wrapped up in the dead to begin with.
We don't have much to go on here with the Tomatometer score considering this is director Diderik Van Rooijen's first film in wide release, and Broken Road Productions doesn't have anything in the way of a resume. So we need to make a pure guess based on the trailer and the genre as a whole. The film looks like it has its share of scares, and appears awfully bottled up in the morgue. But I can't imagine there's anything new here, and it looks like a story told many times over.
It was just an okay week out of the Rotten Watch last time around with one movie in range, one near miss and one terrible mistake. Let's go from worst to first. My prediction for Robin Hood (Predicted: 45% Actual: 11%) was way off the mark. I thought it looked cheesy without being terrible. Turns out it was both. Critics panned the hell out of this thing, and it will end up as one of the worst-scored wide releases of the year. Critics basically laughed at just how bad the movie was, thinking it failed on every single level (writing, acting, story, effects... everything).
Meanwhile, Creed II (Predicted: 70% Actual: 82%) was a near miss with the score climbing up just a tick over the course of the week. For the most part, critics really enjoyed the follow up to Creed, and how it handled the young boxer's story facing his demons in the form Ivan Drago's son. It wasn't universal praise, and that's why I thought the score would come down more. It was a close one and another clear win for the franchise.
And finally, Ralph Breaks the Internet (Predicted: 95% Actual: 86%) represents another huge critical win for Walt Disney Animation Studios which continues to put out hit after hit. They've had some of the biggest critical and box office animated hits over the last decade and the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is just another resume filler. Critics, by and large, loved both the story and the message. That it hits with adults is just another reason the studio is among the best in the business.