This weekend at the movies, we have the latest sequel in a film franchise you might have heard of (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Daisy Ridley) & John Cena taking life by the horns (Ferdinand, also featuring the voices of Kate Mc
Kinnon and Gina Rodriguez). What are the critics saying?


From a money-making standpoint, it made nothing but sense for Disney to lớn buy Lucasfilm in 2012 — even with that whopping $4 billion price tag, the company stood only to lớn gain from acquiring all that sweet, sweet intellectual property. From a creative point of view, however, the move was far more problematic: although the Star Wars franchise has legions of fans around the globe, they’re also deeply protective of the property, as George Lucas himself discovered when he underperformed with the prequels. In embarking on a new trilogy, the studio stood poised to lớn produce some of the most colossally anticipated sequels of all time — & had lớn take responsibility for satisfying decades of nostalgia while somehow moving a beloved story in new directions. It obviously remains khổng lồ be seen whether they’ll stick the landing, but two episodes in, this extension of the saga is holding up pretty well — in fact, the eighth installment, this weekend’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ranks among the most widely acclaimed entries in the franchise. Critics say Jedi continues building out the younger characters in the cast while honoring veteran stars — particularly Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher — with rich material, và balancing killer mix pieces và humor against a deep well of emotion. The pressure’s now on J.J. Abrams to bring this trilogy lớn a satisfying conclusion in two years; in the meantime, fans can enjoy a middle chapter that stands proudly among the best Star Wars has lớn offer.

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Luke, Leia, & Chewbacca aren’t the only legacy characters making a return to theaters this week. We’re also getting Ferdinand, in which the venerable peace-loving bull gets a CGI animated makeover — & a new voice courtesy of John Cena — in a full-length feature that seeks to lớn bring the classic children’s tale khổng lồ a new generation. Of course, the 1936 book the story first appeared in is only a few dozen pages long; when Disney adapted it two years later, the resulting short ran less than 10 minutes. As a result, it isn’t surprising that critics say there’s a little extra padding in this Ferdinand — but by & large, they’re also saying the results make for perfectly entertaining family-friendly fun. With a voice cast rounded out by comedic talents like Kate Mc
Kinnon và Jerrod Carmichael, all in the service of a story about a bull who refuses to lớn fight no matter what society says, parents in tìm kiếm of a colorful diversion can safely go ahead và get in the ring.

It"s the final word on The Last Jedi as our podcast hosts and guest Hal Rudnick look back – now with the gift of time and cooler heads – on the divisive sci-fi epic.


In a year not so far, far away, one sci-fi epic divided fans lượt thích nothing that had come before – and more than three years later we still can’t stop talking about why.

For the latest episode of our podcast, Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong, we’re driving straight into Star Wars: The Last Jedi like a determined Vice Admiral Holdo on a hyperspace suicide mission, digging into all the on-screen và behind-the-scenes controversies, that epic Tomatmeter vs. Audience Score divide, the movie’s bold swings và risks, and asking – with our heads cooler & some time passed – how Rian Johnson’s film stacks up now the sequel trilogy is but a (very triggering) memory.

Joining hosts Mark Ellis and Jacqueline Coley in the throne room (or, um, the Zoom điện thoại tư vấn on which we record this thing) is actor, comic, writer, and host Hal Rudnick, who – like just about everyone when it comes lớn TLJ – has some thoughts. Will he side with the critics who largely hailed Johnson’s vision a masterpiece? Or with the fans, many of whom thought it was a betrayal of everything they hold dear?

Or will he, you know, land somewhere in the middle – which is a totally reasonable và OK thing lớn do, right? Tune in to find out.

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Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline và Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies và TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”

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Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards và indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU khổng lồ musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions và other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: 

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Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, & can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks khổng lồ this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: