Consensus Comparison: Refn, Hong, To, Solondz, Collet-Serra June 25, 2016

These past three years have been good for American Johnnie To fans. To’s U.S. distribution has been very sporadic, more because he’s such a prolific director (averaging one or two movies a year) than because of commercial unviability. But all three of To’s films since 2014 (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2, Office and Three) have not only screened commercially in the U.S. but have also been released very quickly after their world premieres. I’m not sure why To’s become so much attractive to U.S. distributors recently – Office only grossed $64,000 domestic and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2’s release has gone unnoticed by IMDB and Box Office Mojo – but let’s savor the few reasons for optimism we have in these very alarming times.

There are a lot of promising-looking movies below, but only one Film of the Week: Hong Sang-soo’s Right Now, Wrong Then.

The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 48 • 126 reviews
Metacritic: 52 • 41 reviews
Critics Round Up: 54 • 20 reviews

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The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Serra • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 75 • 76 reviews
Metacritic: 58 • 29 reviews
Critics Round Up: 66 • 8 reviews

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Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo • South Korea)

Rotten Tomatoes: 93 • 27 reviews
Metacritic: 81 • 16 reviews
Critics Round Up: 90 • 26 reviews

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Nuts! (Penny Lane • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 23 reviews
Metacritic: 83 • 14 reviews
Critics Round Up: 90 • 13 reviews

SWISS ARMY MAN (2016) Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano

Swiss Army Man (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 63 • 51 reviews
Metacritic: 60 • 20 reviews
Critics Round Up: 70 • 10 reviews

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Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 68 • 38 reviews
Metacritic: 65 • 20 reviews
Critics Round Up: 78 • 15 reviews

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Three (Johnnie To • Hong Kong)

Rotten Tomatoes: 88 • 16 reviews
Metacritic: 71 • 10 reviews
Critics Round Up: 79 • 7 reviews

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi • New Zealand)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 65 reviews
Metacritic: 80 • 19 reviews
Critics Round Up: 90 • 10 reviews

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Les cowboys (Thomas Bidegain • France)

Rotten Tomatoes: 74 • 23 reviews
Metacritic: 65 • 13 reviews
Critics Round Up: 68 • 15 reviews

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Breaking a Monster (Luke Meyer • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 11 reviews
Metacritic: 69 • 7 reviews
Critics Round Up: 85 • 5 reviews

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Late Addition

Late Addition circles back to new-ish movies that weren’t rounded up the week they opened in the U.S. but have recently received enough good reviews to merit inclusion on the site.

Central Intelligence (Rawson Marshall Thurber • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 65 • 110 reviews
Metacritic: 52 • 34 reviews
Critics Round Up: 61 • 11 reviews

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Garbage Time

Garbage Time is an irregular section of this stats column that looks at movies that, for multiple reasons starting with the mostly negative reviews, were deemed unsuitable for the homepage but nevertheless might still be of some interest to cinephiles.

Independence Day: Resurgence (Roland Emmerich • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 34 • 116 reviews
Metacritic: 32 • 35 reviews
Critics Round Up: 36 • 7 reviews

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Free State of Jones (Gary Ross • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 40 • 87 reviews
Metacritic: 53 • 35 reviews
Critics Round Up: 45 • 5 reviews

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