We’re fast approaching the part of the year when Hollywood begins to ramp up its blockbuster releases. The first week of March typically marks the beginning of that, and the latest slate of releases is proof positive. Our staff voted on this weekend’s top movies to give you a rundown of everything you need to see! So without further ado, here’s everything we hand-picked just for you.
1. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Tina Fey has done nothing but shine in her days since 30 Rock came to an end, and that trend continues with her latest movie, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. It tells the real-life story of embedded journalist Kim Barker and her exploits in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2002. Fey assumes the lead role, bringing her usual blend of comedy and sincerity to the adaptation of Barker’s memoirs. Even 14 years after the fact, it’s a story that still remains relevant, as conflict continues to ramp up in the Middle East.
Critically, the movie is hovering right around the cusp of a “fresh” Rotten Tomatoes score, going back and forth between 59 and 60% as reviews continue to roll in. Most seem to agree that performances from Fey and co-star Martin Freeman drive a majority of the high points, while the story moves along at somewhat of a predictable rate. Either way you slice it, though, Tina Fey is always a good enough reason to see a movie on opening weekend.
Disney’s in-house animation studio has been slowly catching up to Pixar quality-wise for awhile now. Offerings like Big Hero 6, Frozen, and Wreck-It Ralph all proved their capability in telling nuanced, adult stories within the confines of a kid movie, and Zootopia is the next in line to drive the point home. If its sky-high 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating doesn’t convince you, let us tell you ourselves: This is not a movie to be missed. Tackling complex themes of race and equality, Zootopia is the modern social commentary that we collectively need right now.
3. London Has Fallen
If you’ll all remember, Olympus Has Fallen had the dubious distinction of releasing right alongside White House Down, a movie with virtually the same story. For the Olympus sequel, it finally gets some room to breathe, going up against decidedly different releases in its opening weekend. If critics are to be believed, it’s certainly not a boundary-breaking piece of cinema. But if you’re looking for a mindless action movie featuring the comforting presence of Morgan Freeman playing yet another authority figure, then London Has Fallen is the one for you.
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