New in Theaters: ‘After Earth,’ ‘Now You See Me’

After Earth

This weekend may prove to be a bit of a dark spot for our hot streak of summer releases—while both films coming out today promise to offer plenty of glitzy visuals, but were not exactly well-received by critics.

Coming out today is After Earth, an M. Night Shyamalan film about a father-son team—played by Will and Jaden Smith—navigating a sort of post-apocalyptic Earth populated by creatures bent on destroying human life.

Critics were not impressed—the film earned a rating of 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is ultimately dull—the characters are plain, the plot is mishandled, and not even the action sequences can save it all. The film is projected to earn $33-$37 million over the weekend, according to HSX.

This week’s other release, Now You See Me, is a film of a decidedly different kind—it tells of a group of stage magicians called the Four Horsemen who use their talent to perform such acts as robbing a bank, and stealing from the rich and giving to the poor; naturally, this attracts the attention of certain law enforcement agencies, and a very unconventional crime story unfolds.

This film was not received much better, unfortunately—the ever-harsh Tomatometer gave it 44%. Even with such acting talent as Morgan Freeman and Jesse Eisenberg, the film’s inadequate plot and characters dragged it down, leaving the film feeling tedious and lackluster. Nevertheless, it’s set to make $17-$23 million over the weekend.

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