Canadian comedy Schitt s Creek went out with a bang this year, finishing its run with a final-season Certified Fresh Tomatometer score of 100% – and leaving teary fans wondering how to fill the Rose Family Void that just entered their lives. The story of an obscenely wealthy family that loses it all and is forced to move to a small rural town was something of a sleeper hit for a long time, discovered by many on Netflix (it s second home after PopTV) and only gaining awards traction in the last few years. And just as the world was discovering it poof, it went away! We re here to help you get over the loss. If you re looking for more kooky small-town laughs (with some big feels) and hilarious family-focused antics – or just want more Catherine O Hara and Eugene Levy – we ve got you covered with our guide to five shows to watch if you love Schitt s Creek (OK, one is a movie, but you ll love it). Join Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Naz Perez and get ready to binge.
Disney s latest remake, Aladdin (2019) 57%, arrives in theaters on Friday riding a lava wave of hot-takes and head-scratching curiosity: the first images of Will Smith as a blue genie left some fans skeptical, and the choice of British director, Guy Ritchie, who got his start making kinetic gangster flicks, seemed either odd or inspired, depending on your bent. Could the team possibly pull off a live-action version of a tale that got so much of its verve from the possibilities of animation – and the performance of the late Robin Williams? The first word in from critics is that they have – mostly. Not everyone is enamored with this 2019 Aladdin, which infuses a hip-hop sensibility into some of the musical numbers and gives Jasmine a stronger arc, and there are signs of live-action-Disney-remake fatigue. But according to the critics, fears about the Smith Genie are misplaced – he makes it his own – and there is plenty of magic still to be found in Agrabah and the story of its parkour-loving street rat and independent-minded princess.Here’s what critics are saying about Aladdin:Wait, so it s actually pretty good?Call it “Aladdin and the Fresh Prince of Ababwa” — which could well have been Ritchie’s pitch for a still largely stereotype-driven project that seems to work best when it’s not directly emulating the cartoon that came before. Peter Debruge, VarietyWhile early looks at the film — especially scenes that focused on Smith turning on the bravado with a vibrant song-and-dance — were received badly enough that both Ritchie and Smith were asked to respond to the critical jabs, within the context of Ritchie’s warmly silly film, they work. They really, really work. Kate Erbland, IndieWire