Saturday, August 17, 2019



It's the second week with five new wide releases, but even though competition is growing, it looks like "Hobbs & Shaw" will dominate the box-office once again.

Sony's animated sequel "The Angry Birds Movie 2" is the first of the new releases, and as far as reviews go, it's an improvement of the first film. In fact, the film has become the highest rated video game movie on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, that's not saying much, considering how bad video game adaptation usually are, and judging movies based on Rotten Tomatoes scores is generally a bad idea. However, these are the facts, do with them what you will.

"The Angry Birds Movie 2" opened on Tuesday with $2.6 million from 3,869 theaters, and brought in another $1.7 million on Friday. The film is expected to gross around $12 million in its opening weekend and between $15-$17 million for the six-day total.

Looking to surpass the Angry Birds at the box-office is the R-rated comedy "Good Boys" produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film has received a generally positive reception from critics and pundits expect this one to score between $12-$15 million from 3,204 locations, so it could easily finish in second place at the box-office.

Another sequel opened in theaters this week, the shark thriller "47 Meters Down: Uncaged". Given the success of its predecessor, which opened with $11.2 million and went on to gross $44.3 million against a $5 million budget, the new installment could end up somewhere between $10-15 million from 2,850 theaters. As you can see, it's going to be a tight race.

Also opening in theaters are Richard Linklater's mystery dramedy "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" starring Cate Blanchett, based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semple, and the Bruce Springsteen-inspired movie "Blinded by the Light". Both films are expected to compete for the last spots of the Top 10 with around $4 million.

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


Angry Birds Movie 2 Image

Official Synopsis

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck's sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

Film Details

Angry Birds Movie 2 Poster
  • Director: Thurop Van Orman, John Rice

  • Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

  • Running Time: 96 min.

  • Rating: PG for rude humor and action

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 74% (55 fresh, 19 rotten, score: 5.6/10)
  • Metacritic: 60 out of 100 (11 positive, 10 mixed, 2 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 85% (average score: 4.3/5 from 664 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 4.9/10 (4 positive, 0 mixed, 3 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.4/10 (1,379 votes)


47 Meters Down Uncaged Movie Image

Official Synopsis

47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows the diving adventure of four teenage girls (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie NĂ©lisse, and Brianne Tju) exploring a submerged Mayan City. Once inside, their rush of excitement turns into a jolt of terror as they discover the sunken ruins are a hunting ground for deadly Great White Sharks. With their air supply steadily dwindling, the friends must navigate the underwater labyrinth of claustrophobic caves and eerie tunnels in search of a way out of their watery hell.

Film Details

47 Meters Down Uncaged Movie Poster
  • Director: Johannes Roberts

  • Starring: Sophie NĂ©lisse, Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Brianne Tju, Brec Bassinger, John Corbett, Nia Long

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror

  • Running Time: 89 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 50% (23 fresh, 23 rotten, score: 4.8/10)
  • Metacritic: 44 out of 100 (4 positive, 6 mixed, 6 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 70% (average score: 3.8/5 from 174 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.5/10 (281 votes)


Good Boys Movie Image

Official Synopsis

After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Room's Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn't know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon, HBO's Boardwalk Empire) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams, Fox's The Last Man On Earth) decide to use Max's dad's drone -- which Max is forbidden to touch -- to spy (they think) on a teenage couple making out next door. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max's dad (Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth) gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions involving some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and terrifying teenage girls (Life of the Party's Molly Gordon and Ocean's Eight's Midori Francis).

Film Details

Good Boys Movie Poster
  • Director: Gene Stupnitsky

  • Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Will Forte, Retta

  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy

  • Running Time: 89 min.

  • Rating: R for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout - all involving tweens

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 79% (116 fresh, 30 rotten, score: 6.6/10)
  • Metacritic: 59 out of 100 (22 positive, 11 mixed, 3 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 91% (average score: 4.5/5 from 827 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.4/10 (1,755 votes)


Whered You Go Bernadette 2019 Image

Official Synopsis

Based on the runaway bestseller, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette's leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Film Details

Whered You Go Bernadette 2019 Poster
  • Director: Richard Linklater

  • Starring: Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Zahn, Megan Mullally

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery

  • Running Time: 130 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for some strong language and drug material

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 43% (42 fresh, 55 rotten, score: 5.4/10)
  • Metacritic: 51 out of 100 (10 positive, 16 mixed, 6 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80% (average score: 4.2/5 from 55 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 9.2/10 (5 positive, 0 mixed, 0 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.7/10 (215 votes)


Blinded By The Light 2019 Image

Official Synopsis

1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...

Film Details

Blinded By The Light 2019 Poster
  • Director: Gurinder Chadha

  • Starring: Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

  • Running Time: 117 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 91% (148 fresh, 15 rotten, score: 7.4/10)
  • Metacritic: 71 out of 100 (36 positive, 7 mixed, 1 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 94% (average score: 4.5/5 from 192 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 4.0/10 (0 positive, 5 mixed, 2 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.8/10 (1,916 votes)

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