Saturday, January 18, 2020



Two new wide releases will do battle for the top spot at the box-office over the four-day MLK weekend. The first is Sony's "Bad Boys For Life", the long-delayed third installment in the "Bad Boys" franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The film is off to a great start, with surprisingly solid reviews and a record-breaking $6.36 million from Thursday night previews. While Sony expects a $38 million four-day opening weekend from 3,775 theaters, its performance so far suggests something closer to $50 million.

The other new release is Universal's $175 million family adventure film "Dolittle" starring Robert Downey Jr. in his first post-Avengers role. The film, as it turns out, is something of a fiasco. Reviews are mostly negative, and comparable to the studio's awful "Cats", and with just $925,000 from previews, the film is only expected to rake in around $20 million from 4,000 theaters over the extended holiday weekend.

In limited release it might be worth checking out GKids' animated film "Weathering With You", which opens in 450 locations this weekend, and has, so far grossed a total of $180 million worldwide.

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


Bad Boys For Life Movie Image

Official Synopsis

The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.

Film Details

  • Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

  • Starring: Will Smith, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Pantoliano, Kate del Castillo, Paola Nunez, DJ Khaled

  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

  • Running Time: 123 min.

  • Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references and brief drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 75% (117 fresh, 39 rotten, score: 6.0/10)
  • Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (20 positive, 21 mixed, 1 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 97% (average score: 4.7/5 from 3,451 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 7.9/10 (13 positive, 1 mixed, 3 negative).
  • IMDb: 7.4/10 (5,487 votes)


Dolittle 2020 Movie Image

Official Synopsis

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk's Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar (R) winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar (R) winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar (R) winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle's most trusted advisor and confidante.

Film Details

  • Director: Stephen Gaghan

  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jessie Buckley, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Jim Broadbent

  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

  • Running Time: 101 min.

  • Rating: PG for some action, rude humor and brief language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 19% (23 fresh, 99 rotten, score: 4.1/10)
  • Metacritic: 27 out of 100 (2 positive, 14 mixed, 25 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 75% (average score: 3.9/5 from 521 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 4.7/10 (6 positive, 2 mixed, 9 negative).
  • IMDb: 5.6/10 (2,116 votes)


Weathering With You Movie Image

Official Synopsis

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky...

Film Details

  • Director: Makoto Shinkai

  • Starring: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Shun Oguri, Sei Hiraizumi, Yuki Kaji

  • Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy

  • Running Time: 114 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for suggestive material, some violence and language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 94% (60 fresh, 4 rotten, score: 7.4./10)
  • Metacritic: 72 out of 100 (21 positive, 4 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 93% (average score: 4.6/5 from 486 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 8.7/10 (22 positive, 0 mixed, 1 negative).
  • IMDb: 7.8/10 (5,738 votes)

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