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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 was a little too real. In the interview, which was uploaded to YouTube on... 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 »

Dazed by Election, Americans Flee (to the Movies)

Moviegoers were looking for a little escapism after a long campaign

(Newser) - For the poor, the tired, the wretched masses yearning to be free of the American presidential election , there was an escape this weekend and it was to be found in a dark room with make-believe characters on a big screen. Doctor Strange got the most box-office love for the second... More »

Reviews for Arrival Are Fantastic

Amy Adams is an Oscar contender

(Newser) - Unforgettable. Imaginative. Beautiful. These are just a few words being used to describe Arrival , Denis Villeneuve's film about a linguistics professor turned alien translator. Giving it a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics can't seem to say enough good things. A sampling:
  • "Where Gravity and The
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Doctor Strange Is a Beautiful 'Headtrip'

Don't miss it in 3D IMAX, say critics

(Newser) - Following up its latest Captain America flick can't have been easy, but Marvel Studios has apparently aced the task. With a 90% approval rating from both critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes , Doctor Strange is a superhero movie almost universally adored. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Sara Stewart
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Actress Hedren: Hitchcock Stalked, Sexually Harassed Me

In new memoir, Hedren says Hitchcock also touched her innappropriately

(Newser) - In her new memoir, actress Tippi Hedren claims that legendary director Alfred Hitchcock repeatedly sexually harassed her. The abuse allegedly happened when the pair collaborated on a pair of films, The Birds and Marnie. Us Weekly reports that Hedren's book, Tippi, which is out November 1, details how Hitchcock... More »

Aptly Named Inferno Is 'Hell'

'One of the worst movies of the year'

(Newser) - Even the ever-lovable Tom Hanks can't save this movie. Critics are giving the latest Robert Langdon adventure Inferno , based on the Dan Brown book in which Langdon must use Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy to track down a virus with the potential to destroy half the world's population,... More »

Actor Who Shot Bruce Lee's Son Dead at 61

'I don't think you ever get over something like that,' said Michael Massee

(Newser) - Michael Massee, who accidentally shot and killed Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, on the movie set of The Crow in 1993, has died at the age of 61, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The actor died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital last Wednesday, his talent agency tells Entertainment ... More »

A Better Title: Jack Reacher: Never Come Back

Flick is dull and full of cliches, say critics

(Newser) - Jack Reacher is back in Never Go Back, the second installment in the Tom Cruise-led action series based on Lee Child's books. Though audiences seem generally pleased, per Rotten Tomatoes , critics seem to hate it almost as much as they hate the movie's title. Here's what they'... More »

Spinal Tap Star Sues for $125M

Harry Shearer says Vivendi is hiding his profits

(Newser) - One of the makers of This Is Spinal Tap is suing entertainment group Vivendi, claiming the company is hiding millions from those who made the film possible. Harry Shearer—perhaps better known as the guy who voices dozens of Simpsons characters —co-created the 1984 film along with Rob Reiner,... More »

The Most Shocking TV Moment Barely Anyone Has Seen

2 movies take on the on-air 1974 suicide of journalist Christine Chubbuck

(Newser) - It was one of the most shocking moments on TV, but because it happened before everyone had DVRs (or even VCRs), barely anyone has seen it. Now, USA Today reports, two movies are hitting theaters based around the incident: the suicide of Florida journalist Christine Chubbuck, who killed herself on... More »

Christopher Guest's Mascots: Like 'Best of Show,' but With Humans

Movie features lots of familiar faces and 'deadpan' jokes—but they may be too familiar

(Newser) - There's no finer purveyor of the "mockumentary" than Christopher Guest, the director behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show (and, of course, known for his portrayal of Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap). Which is why the internet turned it up to 11 when it was announced in... More »

Birth of a Nation Is 'Much-Needed' Punch to the Gut

It's 'deeply absorbing' but not without faults: critics

(Newser) - Its namesake released in 1915 has become synonymous with racism for its veneration of the Ku Klux Klan. Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation aims to tell a very different story, focusing on Nat Turner, leader of an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia—though the media focus lately has... More »

Lion King Getting a Live-Action Reboot

Jon Favreau heading up the Disney project

(Newser) - You can feel the love tonight if you already own a copy of 1994's Lion King on DVD, but soon you'll be able to feel the love live-action style, too, Us reports. Disney announced Wednesday it's working on a do-over of the animated film, per a press... More »

Magnificent Seven? More Like Mediocre

Film is 'enjoyable' but 'forgettable,' say critics

(Newser) - Saddle up for The Magnificent Seven , Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic about a mismatched group of seven in search of justice. This version has been updated with a more diverse cast and a bit more humor, but otherwise it's pretty much the same. Here's what... More »

Snowden Should Be Fascinating. It's Not

Critics appear to love or hate Oliver Stone's film

(Newser) - Director Oliver Stone brings us Edward Snowden's side of the story of his NSA leaks in Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man himself. Critics seem to either love it or hate it. Here's what they're saying:
  • This is "Stone's best political work to date,
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Eastwood's Sully Is 'Electrifying'

One critic calls it 'an absolute triumph'

(Newser) - Sure, there was plenty of " hero sex ," but the aftermath of the Miracle on the Hudson wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. It's that story Clint Eastwood has chosen to tell in Sully , starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Richard
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Kevin Smith Flick Getting Very, Very Bad Reviews

Critics of 'Yoga Hosers' take issue with editing, script, and plot

(Newser) - If you were planning to see Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers this weekend, keep in mind that critics almost universally hate it. The movie has a low 22% rating at Rotten Tomatoes , though audiences are much kinder, at 63%. The movie is actually a family affair: Smith's daughter stars... More »

12 Best Films of 21st Century

Time to revisit 'Mulholland Drive'

(Newser) - BBC set out to find the best films of the 21st century by polling 177 critics around the world. They've decided that David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive is the one most likely to end up a classic, as it sits atop the list of 100. The... More »

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