Critics Consensus

Game Night and Annihilation Are Certified Fresh

Plus, Every Day is an ambitious but faulty YA romance.

by | February 22, 2018 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we have a night out with friends gone terribly wrong (Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams), some terrifyingly unique sci-fi (Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh), and a YA romance with a Quantum Leap-stye twist (Every Day, starring Angourie Rice and Maria Bello). What are the critics saying?


Game Night (2018) 85%

What if two of the guys who wrote Horrible Bosses were turned loose on David Fincher’s The Game? The answer — or something like it — might lie in Game Night, in which a married couple (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) find their weekly get-together with friends turned upside down when Bateman’s brother (Kyle Chandler) adds a murder mystery twist that soon seems all too real. It’s a solid setup for the type of pitch-black lunacy that co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are known for, and although they’re not responsible for the script — that honor goes to former Disney writer Mark Perez — critics say the end result is still a comedy that just about lives up to its loaded premise, thanks in no small part to the efforts of a well-chosen cast. Whether you’re a fan of the people involved or simply in the mood for some laughs with a slightly nasty edge, Game Night looks like a winner.


Annihilation (2018) 88%


In this week’s cinematic equivalent of “unstoppable force meets immovable object,” author Jeff VanderMeer’s allegedly unfilmable sci-fi bestseller Annihilation meets acclaimed young director Alex Garland — and the winner turns out to be the audience. Critics say that this horror-tinged science fiction drama may not be the most faithful adaptation of the book, but it distills its core themes into a thoughtful, unapologetically challenging experience that leavens its weightier ingredients with genre thrills, outstanding performances from an ensemble cast, and a refreshing willingness to get weird. Expect the unexpected from Annihilation — and if the box office is kind, expect some sequels too, since VanderMeer’s book has a couple of follow-ups already on store shelves.


Every Day (2018) 63%


At this point, a filmgoer could definitely be forgiven for assuming that if you’ve seen one young adult romance, you’ve seen ’em all. There are exceptions, however, and despite what its rather generic title and fresh-scrubbed marketing materials might suggest, Every Day definitely adds a wrinkle to the genre. An adaptation of the David Levithan novel, this Michael Sucsy-directed drama follows the budding love between 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) and A — a literal wandering soul who inhabits a different body (ahem) every day. As a way of exploring gender fluidity — and the setup for a film whose cast is refreshingly diverse — it has a lot of potential. But while a number of critics have responded to the end result, the overall reception is turning out to be somewhat lukewarm. It’s still early for Every Day, with just a handful of reviews posted, and if you or your fellow filmgoers of choice are part of the target audience for this type of story, then you may still want to investigate. On the whole, however, this looks like something of a missed opportunity.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • November (2018) , a black-and-white sci-fi romance set in 19th century Estonia, is at 100 percent.
  • Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) , a documentary about the prison system in the United States, is at 100 percent.
  • El mar la mar (2018) , a documentary taking audiences on a journey through the desert at the border between the United States and Mexico, is at 100 percent.
  • Are We Not Cats (2018) , an unorthodox love story about the relationship between a pair of people who eat their own hair, is at 86 percent.
  • Half Magic (2018) , a female-led ensemble dramedy from writer-director Heather Graham, is at 59 percent.
  • The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) , starring August Diehl as — you guessed it — the young Karl Marx, is at 50 percent.
  • The Cured (2018) , a horror drama imagining the aftermath of a zombie outbreak and the discovery of a cure, is at 50 percent.
  • The Lodgers (2018) , a gothic horror movie about twins condemned to confinement due to an ancestral curse, is at 44 percent.
  • The Chamber (2018) , in which military personnel fight for their lives after their submersible craft takes on water, is at 42 percent.
  • 7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) , starring Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, and Bingbing Li in an archaeological adventure, is at zero percent.

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