Sunday, July 8, 2018



Marvel's new film "Ant Man and the Wasp" is now in theaters and will probably dominate the weekend box-office. Another new release is the horror action film "The First Purge", the fourth installment in the dystopian franchise created by James DeMonaco. In limited release it might be worth checking out the animated romantic fantasy "Fireworks" from Studio Shaft, and the sci-fi comedy "Sorry to Bother You".

Synopses, details, critical/audience reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


Ant Man And The Wasp Movie Image

Official Synopsis

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The Wasp." In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War," Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Film Details

  • Director: Peyton Reed

  • Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 118 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for some sci - fi action violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 86% (180 fresh, 29 rotten, score: 6.9/10)
  • Metacritic: 70 out of 100 (38 positive, 13 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 81% (4.0/5 rating from 13,494 users)
  • Metacritic: 7.5/10 (71 positive, 9 mixed, 8 negative).
  • IMDb: 7.7/10 (18,592 votes)


The First Purge Image

Official Synopsis

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Film Details

  • Director: Gerard McMurray

  • Starring: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez

  • Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 98 min.

  • Rating: R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 52% (55 fresh, 50 rotten, score: 5.3/10)
  • Metacritic: 54 out of 100 (16 positive, 20 mixed, 3 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 40% (2.7/5 rating from 851 users)
  • Metacritic: 4.9/10 (4 positive, 5 mixed, 6 negative).
  • IMDb: 5.3/10 (2,866 votes)


Fireworks Movie Image

Official Synopsis

On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are 'flat' or 'round' when they explode in the sky. With her parents divorcing, the young teenager Nazuna has more serious matters on her mind. Although unknown to the others, Nazuna's mother intends to take her away after the summer break. When Norimichi and Yusuke race 50 meters in the swimming pool, Nazuna secretly decides that the winner will accompany her when she runs away from home. Meanwhile the gang from school decides that the best way to figure out the shape of fireworks is to view them from the side, and they set out for a lighthouse above the beach from which the fireworks display will be fired.

Film Details

  • Director: Akiyuki Shimbô, Nobuyuki Takeuchi

  • Starring: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano, Shintarô Asanuma

  • Genre: Animation, Drama, Family

  • Running Time: 90 min.

  • Rating: Not Rated

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 50% (10 fresh, 10 rotten, score: 5.3/10)
  • Metacritic: 41 out of 100 (1 positive, 6 mixed, 2 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 71% (4.0/5 rating from 359 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.6/10 (748 votes)


Sorry To Bother You Movie Image

Official Synopsis

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of "powercalling" that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius' career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who's secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's cocaine-snorting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.

Film Details

  • Director: Boots Riley

  • Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Lily James, Patton Oswalt, David Cross

  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 105 min.

  • Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 94% (77 fresh, 5 rotten, score: 7.8/10)
  • Metacritic: 79 out of 100 (30 positive, 4 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 76% (3.9/5 rating from 863 users)
  • Metacritic: 7.8/10 (5 positive, 0 mixed, 1 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.3/10 (851 votes)

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