The return of Axel Foley

A scene from Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. Courtesy Netflix.

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In this week’s Criticize This! we take a look at the return of Axel Foley, the end of Ti West’s ‘X’ trilogy, and what critics are saying about a tiresome animated film franchise.

THE BIG ONE

A scene from Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. Courtesy Netflix.

Eddie Murphy returns to the role that made him a star, and while critics are not overly impressed with the fourth Beverly Hills Cop flick, the audience seems to dig it.

As of this writing, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F has an okay 65% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes with a solid 78% audience rating! The consensus from critics is that it’s better than Beverly Hills Cop III (thank God!), but that it relies too heavily on nostalgia to fully work.

WATCH: Trailer for Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F

The nostalgia factor is what the audience seems to be enjoying, and most are happy to see Murphy’s portrayal of Axel F hasn’t changed much in the last 30 years.

Our take: Murphy is great in it (duh), and if you can get through the scenes of Taylour Paige’s terrible acting without shutting it off, it’s the perfect summer action flick!

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is now available to watch on Netflix.

IN THEATRES

A scene from MaXXXine.

MaXXXine

Critics (and fans) seem to be eating up the final film in Ti West’s X trilogy mainly because of the standout performance from star Mia Goth. As long as it’s better than Pearl it’s a winner in our books.

WATCH: Trailer for MaXXXine

Despicable Me 4

Reviews for Despicable Me 4 are not good, with some critics saying it could be the worst of the series (ouch). Kids still seem to enjoy it though, so does it matter what critics say?

TOP BOX OFFICE

  1. Inside Out 2
  2. A Quiet Place: Day One
  3. Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1

STREAMING

A scene from Space Cadet. Courtesy Prime Video.

Space Cadet

Emma Roberts stars in this Prime Video original comedy that one critic called “an endurance test for Emma Roberts’ fans.” Isn’t that all her movies?

A scene from The Imaginary. Courtesy Netflix.

The Imaginary

The Imaginary is an anime film full of “whimsical ideas” that currently has a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7 out of 10 on the IMDb. Available to watch on Netflix.

A scene from In a Violent Nature. Courtesy Shudder.

In a Violent Nature

The shooting style of In a Violent Nature is quite unique for a slasher, but the movie goes a bit overboard with gore at times (yoga will never be the same). Available on VOD.

COMING SOON

A scene from Longlegs. Courtesy Elevation Pictures.

Directed by Oz Perkins (the son of Anthony Perkins), and starring Nicolas Cage, Longlegs is being called the “scariest film of the decade!” It also has an early Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 100%. Here’s hoping it lives up to the hype when it hits theatres on July 12.

Check out the creepy trailer and let us know if you’ll be seeing this one in the theatre or not?

4K BLU-RAY

South Park 4K Blu-ray

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Paramount Home Entertainment dropped an excellent 4K Blu-ray release of the movie on June 25.

Along with a great 4K transfer and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD sound mix (‘Blame Canada’ sounds awesome), special features include commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, a music video for “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”, theatrical trailers, and a sing-a-long version of the movie that’s super fun after a couple of drinks!

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is currently available to purchase on Amazon.ca for $26.99.

Other titles recently released on 4K Blu-ray include Madame Web, Dune: Part Two, Taxi Driver, and Coraline.

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