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Movie Critic Matt Atchity: Violence At The Movies This Weekend

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Looking for a good movie to see this weekend? Matt Atchity says if you are, you probably shouldn't see any of this week's new releases.

"Riddick" is the third movie in the sci-fi series and unlike the last one, this is not going for the younger audience with a PG-13 rating. Matt told Steve and Maria he's warning parents to not make this one a family outing.

"This is a violent brutal movie...make no mistake this an R rated movie, this is not something to take the kids to."

Matt says "Riddick" goes back to the roots of the first installment, "Pitch Black", but is much darker. Critics are split on it.

"The ones that like it say it's a solid B movie, you should look at it that way...the ones that don't like it say that it really lacks in dialogue and character development and anything you would expect out of a real movie...I personally did not care for this movie I found that it had kind of a misogynistic streak to it that rubbed me the wrong way."

The other notable release is "Salinger", a documentary about the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye". Matt says critics aren't liking this because it's the complete opposite of who J.D. Salinger was.

"A lot of critics say this movie kinda builds up a cult of personality which would be the last thing Salinger would have wanted....you get a lot of people like Philip Seymour Hofffman and Edward Norton and John Cusack talking about the influence that he had on their lives and that's what really kinda rubs critics the wrong way...if you read "The Catcher in the Rye" it would be something that Holden Caufield would have said was very phony."

Matt thinks hardcore fans of the author will find something to like if they go see it...

"The critics that do like it say there's just enough gems in here that do make it worth watching so if you are somebody that wants to learn more you might be willing to see this."

Matt also talks up a couple of smaller new releases on DVD you probably missed during this summer of blockbuster event movies...he says they're far better than the new offerings at your local theaters.

Atchity is the editor in chief for the pop-culture website "Rotten Tomatoes." He also hosts a new show on Sirius XM called "Rotten Tomatoes Radio."

The weekly one hour call in show airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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