Vin Diesel

Why our expectations of a movie — good or bad — can play into what we think of it

Why our expectations of a movie — good or bad — can play into what we think of it

Moviegoing is always a game of managing expectations.

Low expectations? Perhaps you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Too high, and you risk disappointment.

That becomes even higher stakes when you’re in the business of watching and evaluating films as a critic where what we say — like it or not — becomes part of the expectation game (Be honest, how many times have you come out of a movie theater and said, what moronic critic liked that movie?). Critics are like first responders and some of those movies are, let’s face it, DOA.

As would-be summer blockbusters like “Baywatch,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight”...

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