Friday, September 28, 2018



Kevin Hart's new comedy is now in theaters, and pundits expect it to dominate the box-office. Critics didn't think much of it, but Hart's and Tiffany Haddish's fans will definitely want to check it out. Other new wide releases are Warner Bros' animated movie "Smallfoot" featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden and Zendaya, and the horror flick "Hell Fest". In limited release, definitely check out "The Old Man & The Gun", which was supposed to be Robert Redford's last movie ever...until it wasn't.

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


Night School Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they'll pass the GED exam.

Film Details

  • Director: Malcolm D. Lee

  • Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Brooke Butler, Keith David, Taran Killam, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ben Schwartz, Rob Riggle

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Running Time: 111 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug references and violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 24% (14 fresh, 45 rotten, score: 4.3/10)
  • Metacritic: 42 out of 100 (6 positive, 11 mixed, 5 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 60% (2.9/5 rating from 409 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.0/10 (274 votes)


Smallfoot Movie Image

Official Synopsis

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn't exist -- a human. News of this Smallfoot throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Film Details

  • Director: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig

  • Starring: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez

  • Genre: Animation , Adventure , Comedy

  • Running Time: 96 min.

  • Rating: PG for some action, rude humor, and thematic elements

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 75% (38 fresh, 13 rotten, score: 6.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (11 positive, 7 mixed, 2 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 90% (3.8/5 rating from 265 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.5/10 (360 votes)


Hell Fest Movie Image

Official Synopsis

A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. College student NATALIE (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend BROOKE (Edwards) and her roommate TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus). If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for HELL FEST - a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. Ever year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares. But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction - it is a hunting ground. An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

Film Details

  • Director: Gregory Plotkin, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Michael Tourek, Christian James, Tony Todd

  • Starring: Amy Forsyth,

  • Genre: Horror

  • Running Time: 89 min.

  • Rating: R for horror violence, and language including some sexual references

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 29% (2 fresh, 5 rotten, score: 5.0/10)
  • Metacritic: 25 out of 100 (0 positive, 0 mixed, 4 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 81% (3.6/5 rating from 165 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.3/10 (200 votes)


The Old Man And The Gun Movie Image

Official Synopsis

OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Film Details

  • Director: David Lowery

  • Starring: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter

  • Genre: Comedy , Crime , Drama

  • Running Time: 93 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 89% (42 fresh, 5 rotten, score: 7.5/10)
  • Metacritic: 80 out of 100 (24 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 7.0/10 (350 votes)

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