No question about what any of the new movies coming out this week are about. Fighting is about fighting, The Soloist is about a soloist, Earth is about the Earth and Obsessed is about Ali Landry being obsessed with Dunder Mifflin’s newest manager, Charles. Let’s see what the critics literally had to say.
Starring: Animals (with James Earl Jones narrating)
Directed by: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Plot: Families of polar bears, elephants and humpback whales are followed in the their natural habitats.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 85%
Critic Consensus: “With its spectacular and extensive footage, Earth is both informative and entertaining.”
Starring: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzman, Brian White
Directed by: Dito Montiel
Plot: Shawn MacArthur gets dragged into the seedy world of bare knuckle street fighting in NYC by a scam artist. The form an unstable partnership as Shawn proves to be a natural fighter.
RT Freshness: 34%
Critic Consensus: “Though Fighting has a likable lead performer, and the fight scenes are impressive, the paper-thin plot ultimately unravels.”
Starring: Idris Elba, Ali Landry, Beyonce Knowles
Directed by: Steve Shill
Plot: A temp at a company becomes a little too involved in one of the executive’s lives.
RT Freshness: n/a
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander
Directed by: Joe Wright
Plot: A writer discovers that a local homeless man is an incredible musician.
RT Freshness: 54%
Critic Consensus: “Though it features strong performances by its lead players, a lack of narrative focus prevents The Soloist from hitting its mark.”