A Viewer's Guide to Weekend Movies: Fresh Ratings! Glorious Fresh Ratings!

After a couple of weeks where the films ranged from mediocre-to-bad, the cinema returns to form with three critical favorites.

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Good tidings from the grand kingdom of Rottentomatodom! After a two-week drought of quality at your local movie theater, Hollywood has borne fruit. There are three great movies – not just OK, like Hercules, but really good films.

In Theaters

Our David Sims is Groot thought Guardians of the Galaxy was a blast, and we think you'll love it, too. The 91% rating on RT indicates a pretty strong consensus. Plus, it's not like you're not going to see it. Everyone is going to see it. It's going to make all your money. Resistance is futile. (But at least you'll be able to chime in on figuring out if Chris Pratt is funny or hot.)

In a smart bit of counterprogramming, Get On Up, the Chadwick Boseman-starring biopic about James Brown, is also opening in wide release this weekend. With a 79% fresh rating on RT and a reportedly strong performance from Boseman, this should find an audience amid all the Marvel happening elsewhere.

In Limited Release

More of an independent film fan? Calvary is only opening in four theaters, but if you can find it, it's apparently quite a treasure. It's got an 88% rating on RT, and our Esther Zuckerman considers it the cure to the common summer movie.

Video on Demand

Unfortunately, the shores of Ondemandia are not as welcoming this week. You've got two options: Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah and animated afterthought Rio 2. Neither film is great, but perhaps you're entertaining friends' children at your home this weekend and they just want to see some animals. Now you're set.

Streaming on Netflix

Netflixingvale is dealing with an emigration problem this month, as 88 of its titles vacate the platform. What are we getting in return? Christmas with the Kranks. Seasonal! (Poor Jamie Lee Curtis.)

That said, if you want to watch Christina Ricci Lifetime it up in Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, that's also available to you. We promise not to judge.

Movies on TV

HBO is premiering Kick-Ass 2 on Saturday night at 8 p.m. if you missed it in theaters (most people did) and you're feeling excluded from all the conversations no one is having about it.

Meanwhile, Showtime knows you're nostalgic for the 2012 Best Actress Oscar race, and they're here to help. A double feature of The Impossible and Silver Linings Playbook starts Sunday at 3 p.m. If you just want to see Silver Linings, it starts at 4:55 p.m., and Naomi Watts would like a word with you.

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