Friday, January 31, 2020



It looks like Sony's "Bad Boys For Life" will dominate yet another weekend as this week's new releases won't prove to be much competition. The war epic "1917" will also hold in second place.

The first new arrival is the PG-13 Brothers Grimm-inspired fantasy horror film "Gretel & Hansel" starring Sophia Lillis ("It"). The film has been released in 3,007 theaters and could finish the weekend somewhere between $7-10 million. Word-of-mouth would help, but so far, with a 12% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, it doesn't look like the film is making a good impression.

Also out in theaters this weekend is the action film "The Rhythm Section" starring Blake Lively. The film isn't a hit with critics, and the audience reception is pretty rough, as well. Paramount is expecting a $4-7 million debut over the weekend from 3,049 theaters. With a $50 million price tag, the film will be a bonafide flop.

In limited release it might be worth checking out the drama "The Assistant" starring Julia Garner and Matthew Macfadyen.

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


Gretel And Hansel Movie Image

Official Synopsis

A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis, It) leads her little brother (Sammy Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

Film Details

  • Director: Oz Perkins

  • Starring: Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Jessica De Gouw, Sam Leakey

  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

  • Running Time: 87 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images/thematic content, and brief drug material

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 63% (17 fresh, 10 rotten, score: 6.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 64 out of 100 (10 positive, 4 mixed, 2 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 12% (average score: 1.9/5 from 43 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.0/10 (455 votes)


The Rhythm Section Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption.

Film Details

  • Director: Reed Morano

  • Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Mays, Max Casella

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery

  • Running Time: 109 min.

  • Rating: R for violence, sexual content, language throughout, and some drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 30% (26 fresh, 62 rotten, score: 4.7/10)
  • Metacritic: 43 out of 100 (6 positive, 19 mixed, 8 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 29% (average score: 2.8/5 from 35 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.7/10 (282 votes)


The Assistant Movie Image

Official Synopsis

"The Assistant" follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant's -- making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.

Film Details

  • Director: Kitty Green

  • Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew MacFadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth

  • Genre: Drama

  • Running Time: 85 min.

  • Rating: R for some language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 84% (41 fresh, 8 rotten, score: 7.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 76 out of 100 (18 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.8/10 (246 votes)

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