Action and animation take over the movies this week

By Nic Silver

Disney is taking the week off as Universal, Sony, A24, and others take advantage of the heat wave and release their summer flicks.

Fans of explosions, huge muscles, and fighting terrorists might enjoy Dwayne Johnson’s PG-13 action movie “Skyscraper”. This blockbuster follows Will Sawyer, an ex-FBI agent and veteran amputee who finds work in appraising security in, you guessed it, skyscrapers. Sawyer fights villains over Hong Kong when the safest skyscraper in the world, “The Pearl”, is taken over by terrorists on his watch. After Rampage, this is Dwayne Johnson’s second movie of 2018 scoring below a 60 on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

Families who’ve already seen “The Incredibles 2” there is the  third installment of Columbia Pictures’ animated “Hotel Transylvania”. The animated film is opening with a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 56 on Metacritic. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg voice the friendly extended family of monsters as they leave the hotel for a summer cruise. Will Count Dracula finally find love?

In the world of indie film, there is “Eighth Grade”, the A24 produced debut film by youtube star turned stand-up comedian, turned director Bo Burnham. Following an incredibly successful festival run including winning major awards at the Seattle, San Francisco, and Heartland festivals, the dramatic comedy “Eighth Grade” opens this friday.  The film currently sits at a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 84 on Metacritic.

Other notable openings include “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” by Amazon Studies and the rerelease of the classically weird and groovy Beatles film “Yellow Submarine”