We are back for another week of movies, as the summer rolls on with three decent-size features hitting screens this Friday. We’ve got the family-friendly action of Pixels, the romantic drama of Paper Towns and the boxing thrills of Southpaw coming up.

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.

Rotten Watch Prediction
Thank goodness the aliens in Pixels decided to use 8 -it Atari games as their muse for how to attack Earth. Sure, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and enormous Pong paddles can do damage, but if they had seen the likes of the Super Mario Brothers, Contra, Zelda or even freaking Battletoads there might have been absolutely no hope for the human race. In fact, humanity’s hopes would fall pretty much in line with how critics are going to treat this movie.

First, see the video game takeover in the trailer for Pixels below
We all agree this looks stupid, right? I suppose it’s meant to be stupid, though one can’t quite ever tell with Adam Sandler these days. Does he realize the films he’s starring in are nearly unwatchable to anyone over the age of eleven, and just not care? Does he try and make something credible each time out and simply not know how it’s done anymore? Is everything simply a money grab? What is going on? Because Pixels looks like a lock to finish right in line with his recent work like Blended (14%), That’s My Boy (20%) and Just Go With It (19%). And believe me, I could keep going with this rotten list. It’s long. There’s no shortage of widely panned Sandler films over the last decade.

Chris Columbus helms this story of aliens weaponizing old video games, and it’s his first time behind the camera since Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief (49%). While Columbus’ record isn’t as critically horrific as Sandler’s, it isn’t exactly consistent. Sure he’s got the first few Harry Potter films in there, but he evens those out with crap like I Love You Beth Cooper (14%). Pixels will surely fall in the latter group of his resume.

The cast of Pixels is interesting enough, with Peter Dinklage (ahh hell, mostly just Peter Dinklage) adding some of his acting chops. But Kevin James jumps in and that kind of seals the critical deal. This flick looks like a money grab plain and simple with the hopes of bringing kids to theaters and a little nostalgia to their parents.

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