New Movies This Weekend: Moonfall Fails But Jackass Delivers


After a barren January that saw only a handful of noteworthy new releases in theaters, February promises to deliver a wide variety of movies. This weekend features three diverse films to suit everyone’s mood: a doomsday escape blockbuster, the latest installment in the Jackass franchise, and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2021 that will is finally released in art houses across the country.

It can be hard to know what you should be spending your hard-earned cash on, so Digital Trends will pull together movie reviews from major print and online publications to give you a comprehensive critical consensus on the movies coming out every weekend.

moon fall

Most positive review: “Last time I checked, a total of zero people were actually worried about the moon ever crashing into the earth – not with coronavirus, inflation and Wordle to distract us – which means a movie just silly enough moon fall brings rare solace: a monstrous crisis that could be identified and averted in the space of two hours. — Pierre Debruge Variety

Average review: “Emmerich has always associated his disaster films with uplifting silliness, inviting audiences to treat the end of the world like a roller coaster ride. But after watching moon fall, viewers may feel a lot like the Earth: clubbed and worse for wear, reeling from the onslaught that just happened. —Tim Grierson, International Screen

Most negative review: “Devoid of engaging settings, believable characters, or even the slightest hint of self-awareness, moon fall is only supported by the mystery of what’s really going on with (and inside) the moon, though the fact that virtually every one of KC’s outlandish theories turns out to be true has a way of undermining the suspense. —David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Here’s what Digital Trends thought: “Anyone looking for a satisfying escape adventure filled with eye candy and explosions that doesn’t ask you to think too much will probably go moon fall feel rewarded by this kind of experience. — Rick Marshall, Digital Trends

Consensus: moon fall should appeal to moviegoers who value spectacle over common sense, but even then its guilty pleasures seem to be overshadowed by its unoriginal plot and thin characters.

Fooled forever

Most positive review: “This deep into the franchise, most of you have probably already decided how funny you find scatological and pain-based humor. But even Jackass newbies would probably admit that these people seem to be having the time of their lives. -Hau Chu, The Washington Post

Average review: “In Fooled forever, the fourth big-screen entry in the two-decade-old series of pranks, stunts and failures, Knoxville and director Jeff Tremaine invite a new generation of donkeys to take on the biggest hits. It’s the band’s happiest episode yet, though the show itself is starting to show some wear and tear. —Matt Schimkowitz, The audiovisual club

Most negative review:Fooled forever has laughs and thrills and will rock your nostalgia, but it’s like a modern day Rolling Stones concert – the hits are replayed but the satisfaction is elusive. -Jamie Graham, Total movie

Consensus: The fourth time is the charm for Fooled forever as fans new and old will enjoy the childish humor and sickening stunts that made the franchise a pop culture phenomenon 20 years ago.

The worst person in the world

Most positive review: “There is a playful side to [Joachim] The cinema of Trier – the storybook chapters and ironic voice-overs, a bravura segment in which love literally puts the whole universe on pause – which gives the film a sort of dizzying effervescence. But a constant melancholy runs through it too, chemtrails of old hurts and lost causes, and a pivot to genuine grief in the second half resonates in a way that stories like this rarely attempt to reach. —Leah Greenblatt Weekly entertainment

Average review:The worst person in the world strikes many familiar chords about life, love and loss, but proves that plenty of insight and fun can still be gained just by rearranging them a bit. -Pat Brown, Oblique magazine

Most negative review: “A sharp and spellbinding throwback to the restless films he once made about beautiful young people suffering from the vertigo of time passing through them (Reprise and Oslo, August 31 being the first two parts of the loose thematic trilogy that got us here), Trier’s latest film embraces the idea that originality might be a bit overrated. —David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Consensus: The rare film to receive universal accolades, The worst person in the world is an original and entertaining romantic comedy for the cerebral set.

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