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The Great Wall Isn't Even Good

The Matt Damon film is a mess, though it is pretty: critics

(Newser) - Movie executives surely thought The Great Wall —a $135 million film shot entirely in China but starring American actor Matt Damon—had the potential to be a blockbuster in both the Chinese and North American markets. Unfortunately, they may have overlooked the fact that the movie about warriors and... More »

Super Bowl LI to Go From Small to Big Screen

Book, movie will recount Patriots' comeback win: report

(Newser) - Super Bowl LI was one for the ages—and also one destined for the big screen, apparently. Deadline reports an upcoming book and film will recount the New England Patriots' remarkable comeback win in overtime with a focus on quarterback Tom Brady, who's now won more Super Bowls than... More »

John Wick's Return Is a 'Wicked Blast'

'Chapter 2' is bloody yet beautiful, say critics

(Newser) - In his first hurrah , John Wick managed to kill an incredible 84 people . You can expect the count to rise in John Wick: Chapter 2 , hailed as beautiful despite all the blood. Wick, an assassin played by Keanu Reeves, embarks on a final mission but ends up with a $7... More »

Student Allegedly Burned Cash Near Homeless Man

'Abhorrent and repugnant,' says Cambridge University group

(Newser) - He wore a white tie and tails, but the actions he's accused of exhibit zero class. The Telegraph reports that Cambridge University student Ronald Coyne, the communications officer of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, was allegedly intoxicated and filmed in formalwear burning a 20-pound note (equal to about $25)... More »

5 Movie Trailers to Watch for During Super Bowl

Including 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and maybe even 'Star Wars'

(Newser) - We already know we're going to see Melissa McCarthy save the world and Budweiser upset some anti-immigration viewers , but commercial breaks during Sunday's Super Bowl will also give us brand-new looks at a bunch of Hollywood movies. Here are five films the Independent reports may debut new trailers... More »

Controversy or Not, A Dog's Purpose Is 'Dreck'

It's 'a sappy, cloying story,' say critics

(Newser) - How can you hate a heartwarming film with adorable dogs? Apparently it's possible. A Dog's Purpose , Lasse Hallström's flick about a dog reincarnated each time he dies, isn't wagging critics' tails. Here's what they're saying:
  • Peter Travers at Rolling Stone admits welling up
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La La Land Ties Titanic With 14 Noms

The Oscar nominations are out

(Newser) - The Oscar nominations are out, with La La Land leading the way with a record-tying 14 nominations, reports the AP . (It ties Titanic and All About Eve.) Some highlights:
  • Best movie: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea,
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Disturbing Video of Scared Dog on Movie Set Investigated

'A Dog's Purpose' handler seen forcing dog into water

(Newser) - The American Humane Association has launched an investigation and PETA is calling for a boycott over disturbing footage of a dog on the set of A Dog's Purpose. In a video released by TMZ, an apparently terrified German shepherd struggles as a handler forces it into churning water, the... More »

It's Not Just Guns Smoking Throughout James Bond Movies

Lung cancer might beat a bullet in taking out 007, say researchers

(Newser) - James Bond may have given up smoking, but his health—and high fitness level needed to evade nemeses—is at risk thanks to secondhand smoke. Concerned about 007's overall health, a team led by medical doctor Nick Wilson at the University of Otago reviewed all 24 Bond films (apparently... More »

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 »

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