Critics Consensus

Halloween Is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Hate U Give, The Old Man and the Gun, The Conners, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Wildlife, and Mid90s are all also Certified Fresh.

by and | October 18, 2018 | Comments

This weekend at the movies, we’ve got the return of an iconic franchise (Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer), a coming-of-age drama with a twist (The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall), and Robert Redford‘s swan song (The Old Man and the Gun, co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck). What are the critics saying?

Halloween (2018) 79%

John Carpenter couldn’t have known that the modest slasher film he released in 1978, starring the mostly unknown daughter of Tony Curtis, would become a defining genre achievement that would spawn a decades-long franchise. Yet here we are, 40 years later, hitting the reset button and returning to the series’ origins. In this week’s Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle return to reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and the original Michael Myers, ready to face off again in a direct sequel to the first film that ignores the mythology established across all the previous sequels. Directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and co-written by Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, the film has pleasantly surprised the critics, who call it an effective — and unexpectedly funny — thriller that should satisfy both franchise fans and newcomers alike.

The Hate U Give (2018) 97%

Some of the most exciting cinema in recent years has come from filmmakers who approach movies as media instruments to enact social change, and the Certified Fresh The Hate U Give is no exception. Amandla Stenberg (a grown up Rue from The Hunger Games) stars as Starr Carter, a black 16-year-old girl straddling two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the rich white prep school she attends. The precarious balancing act is shattered when Starr witnesses her childhood friend gunned down by police, and she finds herself drawn more and more to activism as she finds her voice and stands up for justice. And this balancing act is coded directly into the movie itself, presenting rage with optimism and hope tempered by desperation — something critics say director George Tillman Jr. pulls of with full conviction, alongside Stenberg’s breakthrough performance.

The Old Man & the Gun (2018) 93%

Hollywood has long held a fascination for career criminals, especially clever ones, so it’s a little surprising no one thought to adapt the story of Forrest Tucker, a real-life repeat prison escapee who, even at the ripe old age of 79, was arrested for robbing four banks on his own. This week, we get that film, and it stars Robert Redford in what’s being reported as his final role. The film itself focuses on Tucker’s escape from California’s San Quentin Prison at 70 years old and the subsequent string of heists he pulled, and critics are calling it a pleasant ride full of beautiful performances, not least by its retiring star. It remains to be seen if Robert Redford will keep his word about stepping down, but if he does, The Old Man and the Gun serves as a fitting sendoff.

What’s New on TV

The Conners: Season 1 (2018) 93%

The Conners offers the comforts of its source show, but more focus on the family’s ever-evolving dynamics adds a welcome layer of working-class empathy without losing any of the laughs.

Marvel's Daredevil: Season 3 (2018) 97%

The Man with No Fear returns to top form with a third season that begins tediously slow but gradually generates comic book thrills, immeasurably helped by the welcome return of Vincent D’Onofrio‘s menacing Kingpin.

Wanderlust: Season 1 (2018) 71%

Toni Collette creates comedy between the sheets in this unlikely sex-drama from acclaimed playwright Nick Payne for the BBC.

Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) , starring Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel, the struggling writer who resorted to literary forgery in the 1990s, is Certified Fresh at 100%.
  • On Her Shoulders (2018) , a documentary about 23-year-old Iraqi genocide survivor-turned-activist Nadia Murad, is at 100%.
  • The Waldheim Waltz (2018) , a documentary chronicling the controversy surrounding former Austrian presidential candidate Kurt Waldheim’s Nazi past, is at 100%.
  • Sharkwater Extinction (2019) , a globe-trotting documentary exposé of the illegal shark fin industry, is at 100%.
  • Transformer (2018) , a documentary about weightlifter Janae Kroczaleski, who suffered both personal and professional backlash when it was revealed she was transgender, is at 100%.
  • Wildlife (2018) , starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal in Paul Dano‘s directorial debut, about a mother facing new challenges when her husband leaves to fight a forest fire, is Certified Fresh at 98%.
  • The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) , a Danish thriller about a police dispatcher attempting to coordinate the rescue of a kidnapped woman, is a 98%.
  • The Price of Everything (2018) , a documentary about the state of the contemporary art world, is at 82%.
  • Mid90s (2018) , Jonah Hill‘s directorial debut about a 13-year-old living through the titular era in Los Angeles, is Certified Fresh at 85%.
  • What They Had (2018) , a family drama starring Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon as grown siblings dealing with a difficult parental situation, is at 86%.
  • Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (2018) , a documentary about the life and career of the legendary blues musician, is at 80%.
  • Galveston (2018) , starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning in a crime thriller about a betrayed hitman who takes a kidnapped woman under his wing, is at 65%.
  • The Super (2018) , a thriller about an apartment superintendent who suspects its maintenance man of a string of recent murders, is at 60%.
  • Caniba (2018) , a documentary about Issei Sagawa, who was arrested in Paris in the 1980s for cannibalism, is at 58%.
  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) , starring Jemaine Clement and Aubrey Plaza in an absurdist comedy about an unhappy wife who runs off with a stranger with stolen money, is at 48%.
  • Change in the Air (2018) , a drama about a mysterious woman who moves to a new town, saves a man’s life, and promptly disappears, is at 17%.

Tag Cloud

TruTV Mystery Black History Month historical drama BBC America Pirates TCA Awards Showtime Countdown Classic Film series ghosts Heroines adaptation dragons BBC Comics on TV Kids & Family Shondaland Trophy Talk parents Crunchyroll 007 Animation Mary Tyler Moore Extras period drama harry potter Disney streaming service nbcuniversal christmas movies scorecard Quiz BET Awards renewed TV shows superhero comiccon VH1 4/20 dceu Grammys films golden globes Trailer Winners Fox Searchlight video reboot Reality Competition Apple TV Plus History 2018 ESPN Holidays FXX robots television serial killer National Geographic Certified Fresh indiana jones french discovery ratings Logo Schedule japanese American Society of Cinematographers President GIFs space Podcast 45 CW Seed AMC Mary poppins Winter TV Syfy Pop true crime Netflix Christmas movies canceled TV shows Emmy Nominations worst movies cars Spike Awards dc PlayStation Best and Worst Horror spinoff Acorn TV hollywood 21st Century Fox Walt Disney Pictures breaking bad worst boxoffice anthology First Reviews DirecTV Rocky Esquire Hear Us Out The Walking Dead The CW NYCC witnail Starz TCA Winter 2020 franchise Premiere Dates foreign Amazon DC Comics 2017 cartoon Rom-Com halloween tv italian DGA unscripted MSNBC Teen LGBT sequel Holiday war aliens Pet Sematary facebook comedies X-Men blockbuster Western Marvel Studios richard e. Grant Spectrum Originals E3 Interview NBC CMT die hard cults Freeform Awards Tour Vudu MTV scary movies 2016 New York Comic Con Disney+ Disney Plus south america talk show Turner Classic Movies movie Television Academy psychological thriller See It Skip It crime IFC Films free movies Paramount Network news justice league all-time Video Games hist Binge Guide comic Star Trek TV renewals Food Network spanish doctor who Hallmark Christmas movies blaxploitation Universal FX TLC political drama indie disaster spider-man hispanic diversity Marvel adventure cinemax WGN binge toy story Dark Horse Comics cancelled TV shows screenings OWN Character Guide First Look Black Mirror halloween fast and furious TCA Apple TV+ crime thriller spy thriller werewolf Creative Arts Emmys TV Land Superheroes miniseries Arrowverse USA Family romance Apple theme song Rock Musical VOD APB psycho cancelled television Disney Channel Endgame Super Bowl transformers Warner Bros. nfl asian-american A&E Adult Swim Film Festival Polls and Games Television Critics Association Fantasy Reality cooking dogs CNN Song of Ice and Fire movies anime SundanceTV child's play venice Nominations Tomatazos Comedy Central Pixar Photos based on movie nature TBS Britbox 24 frames WarnerMedia Action classics Brie Larson Disney Comic Book Anna Paquin sitcom Lucasfilm Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reviews canceled TCM Avengers zombie teaser Watching Series stop motion casting mutant sequels latino Sneak Peek critics Lifetime Travel Channel Biopics PaleyFest Summer docudrama The Arrangement Women's History Month Sci-Fi TNT Marathons Superheroe Fall TV archives BAFTA Toys sag awards Hulu RT21 Nat Geo independent Cartoon Network chucky science fiction LGBTQ stoner YA medical drama cats spanish language Sony Pictures OneApp documentaries Emmys Writers Guild of America batman San Diego Comic-Con A24 book Discovery Channel 2019 TIFF Netflix Christmas ABC supernatural Martial Arts Captain marvel GLAAD Marvel Television biography 72 Emmy Awards universal monsters Mary Poppins Returns rotten movies we love The Academy Academy Awards Peacock cops green book Trivia police drama Crackle toronto Cosplay Set visit Ghostbusters Election 71st Emmy Awards a nightmare on elm street HBO Go quibi Spring TV Sundance TV DC Universe cancelled TV series Star Wars Shudder game of thrones RT History Mindy Kaling jamie lee curtis The Purge YouTube Ovation Pride Month TCA 2017 E! politics PBS Infographic Stephen King Amazon Prime Video Tubi documentary 20th Century Fox slashers Amazon Studios social media Amazon Prime travel spain versus vampires kids FX on Hulu YouTube Red Tumblr revenge technology game show Thanksgiving zero dark thirty CBS All Access mockumentary SDCC Comedy Sundance Now Opinion Disney Plus Pop TV Chernobyl finale Tarantino singing competition Lifetime Christmas movies Musicals Masterpiece MCU what to watch ITV thriller laika Turner Paramount Box Office VICE concert strong female leads 2020 football twilight mission: impossible Cannes Oscars Funimation Chilling Adventures of Sabrina remakes BET composers IFC comics animated Music zombies FOX joker dark screen actors guild children's TV Ellie Kemper Hallmark Film Bravo TV video on demand cancelled Drama Nickelodeon award winner best HBO rotten romantic comedy festival crime drama elevated horror Red Carpet Elton John tv talk directors Mudbound El Rey Epix dramedy GoT 2015 name the review HBO Max Columbia Pictures stand-up comedy YouTube Premium natural history The Witch Country Baby Yoda Fox News festivals Rocketman Calendar obituary Valentine's Day DC streaming service SXSW streaming Lionsgate emmy awards USA Network ABC Family satire BBC One criterion sports Year in Review crossover CBS Sundance