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Critics hate M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass,' but audiences seem to disagree

(Newser) - Audiences seem to like Glass , the finale to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable horror series, giving it a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes —some consolation for the 35% rating from critics. They have little love for the follow-up to 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split , which brings together... More »

Critics Totally Wowed by Latest X-Men

It may be tough to follow, but who cares?: reviews

(Newser) - The superheroes are back again in X-Men: Days of Future Past and boy, do they impress as they time-travel back to the 1970s. Critics are throwing the film a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, and audiences are even more generous. So what's there to... More »

X-Men Finally Bounces Back

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender star in Matthew Vaughn's film

(Newser) - Critics are largely impressed with the latest installment in the X-Men series: X-Men: First Class is certainly an improvement over the last few. A sampling of reviews:
  • “After a close call with franchise death, the X-Men film series has bounced back to life with its fifth installment, rescued with
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Pattinson as Cobain 'Stupid,' Says Courtney

Finally, Courtney Love says something we can really get behind

(Newser) - It’s always nice when Courtney Love takes a break from being crazy to say something we can all agree with: The idea of Robert Pattinson playing Kurt Cobain is ridiculous. Rumors recently went around that the Twilight star was her personal pick for the upcoming biopic, but she clears... More »

See Wanted, Enjoy the Ride

Film is a wild ride without much substance

(Newser) - If you're heading out to see the new Angelina Jolie flick Wanted, critics have some advice: Lighten up and enjoy it. "It’s trash, but I love it anyway,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. The story of a “nobody” office worker who winds up “a... More »

Penelope: Charmingly Imperfect

(Newser) - Penelope, a romantic fantasy that casts Christina Ricci as a socialite "princess" cursed with a pig's nose, draws mixed reviews. "First-time director Mark Palansky is trying for a deft, hip, modern fairy-tale feel, but the odd material, sprawling story, and complicated tonal balancing act get away from him,... More »

Top Breakthrough Roles of 2007

Here's a look at actors who came of age this year

(Newser) - Before No Country for Old Men, Josh Brolin couldn’t get a job. “My most famous role was in The Goonies,” he reflects. Now, scripts are pouring in. Brolin is one of the New York Times’ 15 “breakout” performers of the year. Many, though not all, are... More »

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