Consensus Comparison: Kore-eda, Men Go to Battle July 9, 2016

One thing that separates horror from other genres is that it loses its ability to evoke the intended response from the audience once the movie has been around for a long time. Comedies of the past can still make us laugh. Silent era tearjerkers can still make us cry. The erotic films of yesteryear can still quicken the pulse today. But once a horror movie becomes vintage, it’s no longer scary. This rule applies almost across the board without exceptions. I haven’t heard any theories on why this only happens to horror and would love to see someone put research into the question.

It’s a good week for offbeat, non-mainstream movies. Your Film of the Week, selected only moments ago, is Under the Sun.

Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda)

Rotten Tomatoes: 93 • 57 reviews
Metacritic: 73 • 18 reviews
Critics Round Up: 77 • 27 reviews

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Men Go to Battle (Zachary Treitz)

Rotten Tomatoes: 70 • 23 reviews
Metacritic: 72 • 13 reviews
Critics Round Up: 82 • 14 reviews

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Under the Sun (Vitaly Mansky)

Rotten Tomatoes: 91 • 11 reviews
Metacritic: 83 • 11 reviews
Critics Round Up: 88 • 12 reviews

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Zero Days (Alex Gibney)

Rotten Tomatoes: 87 • 38 reviews
Metacritic: 77 • 21 reviews
Critics Round Up: 78 • 10 reviews

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)

Rotten Tomatoes: 80 • 20 reviews
Metacritic: 68 • 6 reviews
Critics Round Up: 68 • 7 reviews

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