The wait is finally over: After being delayed more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Quiet Place Part II – the sequel to the smash hit 2018 horror film – finally arrives in theaters for Memorial Day weekend. And it’s already Certified Fresh, with critics calling it a triumphant return to the post-apocalyptic world where any sound you make could be your last.Ahead of the movie’s release, Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Joel Meares sat down with writer, director, and star John Krasinski to talk about keeping the tension high for round two, squirreling away ideas for a third movie, and why he decided to make young Regan (Millicent Simmonds) the hero of the sequel. Plus, Simmonds, co-star Emily Blunt, and new stars to the franchise Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou talk working with Krasinski and the emotional bonds that make the film as moving as it is terrifying.A Quiet Place Part II is in theaters Friday May 28, 2021. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
What do the four most successful – if not beloved – video game movie series have in common? They feature exclusively Rotten movies! But that doesn’t mean the Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil films don’t pack in the kind of fun set pieces and memorable characters that fans of their origin games are looking for, and which have kept those fans coming back for more. In the latest episode of Vs., Mark Ellis is powering up and deciding which long-running video game movie series is the best of all, despite what critics might say. He’s breaking it all down in five rounds: Box Office, Tomatometer and Audience Score, Characters, Best Foot Forward, and a special wild card round. Will it be the terrifying zombie action of the Resident Evil films or the bloody fatalities of Mortal Kombat? Or will Lara Croft swing in from nowhere to take the W? (We’d throw in a hypothetical Street Fighter win, but… let’s be real here.) Don’t agree with Mark’s ultimate call? “Finish him”… non-brutally, in the comments.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
With the Avengers taking up all of the superhero pop culture real estate of late, it s almost refreshing to come across a more small-scale tale of justice, particularly one as steeped in an underrepresented culture as El Chicano is. Unfortunately, critics say the effort is mostly wasted here. Raul Castillo stars as an LAPD detective on the trail of a cartel kingpin looking to expand into Los Angeles who, inspired by childhood tales of and a personal encounter with a mythical figure called El Chicano, decides to take on the persona to fight crime outside the law. While reviews tout Castillo s effective brooding, they also note that the film lacks nuance, with thinly drawn characters whose backstories feel perfunctory rather than enlightening. El Chicano is ultimately a dark, overly gritty crime procedural-cum-vigilante thriller that relies on cliche and fails to reach its ambitious goals, but it may still serve an audience hungry for something akin to a Latino Batman.