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After the high of Cappy returning to the screen, we take a bit of a break this time around with two smaller affairs on the docket. Get ready for The Darkness and Money Monster.
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 This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
This isn’t to say the flick looks bad. It appears entertaining enough, wrapping as much action around the set of a stock trading cable show as you’ll probably ever get. I just worry when movie messaging might come at the expense of other pieces and that might be the case here. Directed by Jodie Foster (The Beaver-61%), Money Monster looks to overcome a terrible title and hit on all cylinders with a hostage scenario in a world where we already distrust big banking. I think it ultimately works but isn’t a four-bagger (that’s a stock term people. Come on, watch Mad Money for once).
Rotten Watch Prediction
The Darkness brings us yet another case of a family who waited to long. Their kid brings back a stone from the Grand Canyon and all hell (literally) breaks loose. Now you're paying for exorcisms, cleaning bills out the wazoo, and wondering if you're going to wake up in the morning. Scary times for sure. Greg McLean directs after helming Wolf Creek (53%). This one likely finishes in the same range. It looks solid enough for what it’s trying to accomplish without knocking it out of the park.
Which Of My Predictions Do You Think Will Be Closest?
Only one movie last time around and we get a win in the prediction department with Captain America: Civil War (Predicted: 94% Actual: 91%). Can’t take really any credit here though considering so many positive reviews were already in at the time of post. Critics were all over this film and it is crushing pretty much every facet of the reviews and box office. After seeing the first Captain America years ago I never would have thought the franchise would move in this more serious direction, raising the stakes along the way. But they’ve pulled it off and some are calling this one the best comic book movie made yet. Again, seems nuts but here we are. The MCU just gets how to put together stories, keeping all of the players in the fold while pumping out quality stories. They just keep getting better.
Next time around we’ve got a big one with Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Angry Birds Movie and The Nice Guys It’s gonna be a Rotten Week!