Well, we’ve officially finished the first half of 2013 and so far I have stayed true to my pledge to see every nationwide release that comes out this year (well, xx% true… goddamn you Tyler Perry). So far the year has produced a lot of good, a lot of bad, and a whole lot of ugly, and for better or for worse I’ve been through all of it. Luckily, the worst is behind us as we pass into the heart of the summer movie season. While nothing really soared in June, it was still by far the most solid month of the year in terms of overall quality. Here’s a look at how the eight new releases this month stacked up in my opinion.
8.0/10 – Pretty Damn Great
7.5/10 – Superior
6.5/10 – Perfectly Adequate
6.0/10 – Passable
2.0/10 – Symphony of Suck
Here are some tidbits about June’s releases:
– The avg. Rotten Tomatoes Score from February was 59% (up from 51% in May)
– Four out of the Eight were “Fresh” (Same as May)
– The avg. Metacritic Score from February was 55/100 (down from 51/100 in May)
– Per Metacritic, 3 films were ranked positive, 5 were mixed and none were negative
– My average score was 6.6/10 (down from 5.6/10 in May)
– My picks for most underrated would go to The Heat
– My pick for most overrated go to The Purge
Well, as they say, it’s all downhill form here. At this point, nine out of my ten most anticipated movies of the year have already been released to wildly different results, and between the mild disappointments of Oblivion and Now You See Me and the repeated slaps to the face of The Lone Ranger, A Good Day to Die Hard and After Earth it’s hard not to feel a little let down by the year so far. On the bright side, with low expectations come inevitable pleasant surprises, and I look forward to seeing the diamonds in the rough emerge from the second half of the year.