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Patriots Day Is 'Thoughtful' Yet 'Unnecessary'

It 'gets the job done' for the most part

(Newser) - Less than four years after the real-life event, director Peter Berg has brought us Hollywood's version of the Boston Marathon bombing with Patriots Day , centering on a fictional Boston police sergeant (Mark Wahlberg) whose experiences are based on the real ones of several people. Here's what critics are... More »

Comedy and Darkness at the Globes: Memorable Moments

From Trump disses to Jimmy Fallon hits and misses, the show had them all

(Newser) - There was no shortage of memorable moments at the 74th annual Golden Globes, from Ryan Gosling thanking his partner, Eva Mendes, for handling their family life at home while he was filming his movie La La Land, to Meryl Streep revealing how one recent moment (a moment related to President-elect... More »

Streep's Trump Mention: 'It Kind of Broke My Heart'

Actress accepted Cecil B. DeMille Award with a statement about president-elect

(Newser) - Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday night's Globes ceremony, but before she took the stage she received an emotional tribute from Viola Davis, who co-starred with Streep in 2008's Doubt and who won her own award Sunday for best supporting actress for Fences. "... More »

How Mixing Up One Word Got Michael Keaton in Hot Water

Actor called 'Hidden Figures' movie by the name 'Hidden Fences'—and he wasn't the only one

(Newser) - He had just one job, and that job was to present the Golden Globes award for best supporting actress in a film. But when Michael Keaton mentioned Hidden Figures —a movie starring Octavia Spencer (one of the nominees) and documenting a team of African-American women who helped NASA get... More »

La La Land Wins Big at Awards Show

Jimmy Fallon hosted the 2017 awards show from the Beverly Hilton

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 74th Golden Globes Awards Show with a musical number that incorporated many of the night's stars, followed by a moment of mild panic as he started his opening monologue and realized that his teleprompter was broken (watch his ad-lib via a video posted by... More »

Taraji P. Henson Gives 'Performance of a Lifetime'

Critics say 'Hidden Figures' is 'dazzling'

(Newser) - After a limited release , Hidden Figures is hitting theaters nationwide to tell the tale of three black female mathematicians (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe) breaking barriers at NASA in the 1960s. Based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, the... More »

10 Books That Will Become Movies in 2017

Including 2 from Stephen King

(Newser) - The library and the movie theater will continue to collide in 2017 with more than a dozen film adaptations of books scheduled for release this year, including a couple of books that have been made into movies before. Here are 10 to watch out for, from BuzzFeed's list of... More »

Poetic Paterson Is a 'Small Miracle'

Jim Jarmusch's flick is 'wonderfully serene,' says critic

(Newser) - Squeezing into 2016 with hardly any time to spare is one of the year's best films, according to critics. Jim Jarmusch's Paterson follows a week in the very routine life of a bus driver and closet poet named Paterson, who happens to live in Paterson, NJ. The flick... More »

Here Are the Top-Grossing Actors of 2016

Scarlett Johansson beats out her 'Captain America' costars

(Newser) - The three top-grossing actors of 2016 have one thing in common: They all starred in the top-grossing movie of the year, Captain America: Civil War. In fact, all but one of the 10 top-grossing actors of 2016 starred in a comic flick this year, reports Forbes . The exception is Felicity... More »

Passengers 'Isn't Worth the Trip'

It could have been great, but took the easy way out: critics

(Newser) - The premise: Two humans awake from hibernation 90 years too early on a spaceship that's supposed to be taking them and thousands of others to a new planet. The reaction: No, thank you. Here's what critics are saying about Passengers :
  • Chris Pratt's Jim is keeping a secret
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The Top 10 Movies of 2016 to End All Other Top 10 Lists

Digg 'smashed together' a bunch of Top 10 lists to come up with this master list

(Newser) - It's that time of year when we're all being bombarded with "best of 2016" lists, and Digg realizes we can't possibly have time to read them in full. So the site has charitably aggregated as many Top 10 lists as it could track down, "smashed... More »

There's 'a New Hope' for Star Wars Franchise

Action-packed 'Rogue One' is 'a story worth telling'

(Newser) - Ever wonder how the Rebel Alliance got the blueprints that revealed that fatal flaw in the Death Star? No? Well, Rogue One will fill you in, anyway. Here's what critics are saying about the Star Wars spinoff, actually a kind of prequel to 1977's A New Hope:
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25 Movies Added to National Film Registry

'Thelma & Louise' and 'Lion King' are among them

(Newser) - The Library of Congress has added 25 more titles to the National Film Registry, with familiar ones such as the Lion King, the Princess Bride, and Thelma & Louise making the cut. The additions now bring the total number of films in the registry to 700, reports Time . To qualify,... More »

Best Movies of 2016: Choices From 2 Critics

'Moonlight' shows up on both lists

(Newser) - The year's best-of lists are flooding in, and Richard Brody of the New Yorker is among those out with picks for the best movies of 2016. Here are the top 10 of the 35 he names, with the director noted:
  1. Little Sister (Zach Clark)
  2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  3. Sully (Clint
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La La Land Wins Big at Critics' Choice Awards

Host didn't mention his Trump-related legal troubles

(Newser) - The host of the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards chose not to discuss his legal troubles and instead focused on President-elect Donald Trump and the controversies surrounding his election, the Los Angeles Times reports. TJ Miller, a star of the TV series Silicon Valley, was arrested Friday after he allegedly slapped... More »

Late Arrival La La Land Is the 'Movie of the Year'

Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling are 'dazzling'

(Newser) - Apparently the third time's the charm for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. After starring together in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, they're wowing audiences in Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, which has a 95% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they'... More »

Last Tango Director: People Upset at Rape Scene 'Naive'

Bernardo Bertolucci says actress knew about that part of script—just not part about butter

(Newser) - The butter was the surprise, not the simulated rape. That's what director Bernardo Bertolucci is adding to the conversation on the recent dustup about one of his most famous movie scenes. Outrage ensued after an interview with him from 2013 emerged in which he said he and Marlon Brando... More »

Too-Real 1972 Rape Scene Gains New Disgust in 2016

Lost interview reveals 'Last Tango in Paris' scene was sprung on actress by director, Brando

(Newser) - Last Tango in Paris was released in 1972 to critical acclaim, but people are now "sick" and "enraged" after a 2013 interview resurfaced in which director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted the infamous rape scene in it was a little too real. In the interview, which was uploaded to YouTube... More »

Natalie Portman 'Will Floor You' as Jackie

'One of the year's best' films, say critics

(Newser) - The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a story we know well. But in Jackie , director Pablo Larrain focuses almost solely on his wife and how she shaped the Kennedy legacy on her own. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Natalie Portman "verily channels Jackie herself" in a "
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Fantastic Beasts Is, Well, Fantastic

It's 'a rare kind of magic,' say critics

(Newser) - Thought the Wizarding World only existed in the UK? Not so. Dive into America's magic community circa 1926 in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of five planned films in a Harry Potter spinoff (with JK Rowling as screenwriter) centering on Newt Scamander, the author of... More »

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