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The Circle Is a 'Missed Opportunity'

Critics find issue with everything from the editing to the characters

(Newser) - Imagine sharing every one of your conversations with the world. A young woman does this voluntarily when she finds a job with a social media corporation bent on erasing privacy in The Circle , an adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2013 novel of the same name. Critics, who give it a 20%... More »

Steve Bannon: the Hollywood Bigwig Who Wasn't?

Trump's strategist brags about his time in Tinseltown, but others' memories are murky

(Newser) - Over the past eight months, Steve Bannon has worked his way into the general US consciousness, first as an ex-Breitbart exec tapped as Trump's new campaign chief , next as a "terrifying man" who wanted to set the DC establishment ablaze, and finally, as a White House fixture . But... More »

Lost City of Z 'Is a Real Find'

It 'thrums with exotic adventure,' say critics

(Newser) - James Gray's The Lost City of Z (pronounced "zed"), adapted from the book by David Grann, tells the story of real-life explorer Percy Fawcett, who ventured into the Amazon in the early 20th century in search of a fabled lost civilization and its reported riches. According to... More »

Trolls Take Aim at Christian Bale Flick

It's set amid the Armenian genocide, which some label a 'lie'

(Newser) - Amy Schumer isn't the only star doing battle with trolls lately. About 51% of 120,000 reviews on IMDb for Christian Bale's new movie The Promise , set amid the Armenian genocide, give the movie a one-star rating out of 10—and it's likely not because of his... More »

Fate of the Furious Just Made Movie History

It pulls in a record $532M worldwide in its opening weekend

(Newser) - The Fate of the Furious might not have opened as well as expected in the US, but it was enough to give the movie the biggest worldwide debut ever. The eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise pulled in a $532.5 million globally in its opening weekend, edging... More »

Fate of the Furious Is Action-Packed Absurdity

It's 'stupid,' yet 'wildly entertaining,' say critics

(Newser) - Once, there was a "family" of car enthusiasts working out of a dirty garage. Now, that family must stop an evil hacker who's enlisted one of their own in a plot for world domination. Oh, how things change. Here's what critics are saying about The Fate of ... More »

Stallone Sues Warner Bros. Over Demolition Man

Actor is suing 'greedy studio' for missing profits

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone might've found a new punching bag. The actor is suing Warner Bros. for fraud, claiming the "greedy" studio failed to pay him profits owed for the 1993 film Demolition Man. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Stallone was to receive at least 15% of the film'... More »

Are Amazon and Netflix Preventing the Next Tarantino?

Weighing the risks and rewards of the new kings of independent film

(Newser) - The Hollywood studio system being what it currently is—hope everyone's excited for the eighth Fast and Furious installment this Friday—it's unlikely Reservoir Dogs would have been able to secure theatrical distribution in 2017. But that wouldn't be its only option in the modern world. Quentin... More »

'Poor Shia': LaBeouf Film Makes Less Than $9 in UK

'Man Down' sold the equivalent (if we're being generous) of one ticket

(Newser) - Everyone in the UK must have seen the Rotten Tomatoes reviews for Shia LaBeouf's new movie, because absolutely no one is going to see it—except for maybe one person. Variety , which describes Man Down as a "war thriller," simply says "Ouch" as it reports the... More »

For Some, Ghost in the Shell Just Doesn't Compute

Though Scarlett Johansson's acting is mostly getting raves

(Newser) - Rupert Sanders' live-action Ghost in the Shell —a remake of the Japanese animated film of the same name, based on manga—follows a cyborg named Major. Tasked with beating up terrorists for a government task force, she slowly begins to uncover her true identity. Here's what critics are... More »

Emma Thompson Blasts Hollywood's 'Evil' Obsession

Says actresses face pressure not to eat

(Newser) - "It's evil." That's how Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson sums up the pressure on actresses to lose weight. While appearing on a Swedish talk show last week, Thompson described how she'd almost quit work on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited because producers asked another actress—the film... More »

'Best Acting Mamma' Dead at Age 69

Darlene Cates played Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp's mother in 'Gilbert Grape'

(Newser) - An actress described on IMDB as "lovable, impressionable, and immeasurably talented" has died at the age of 69, though most people recognize her through her character rather than her real name. Family members say Darlene Cates, who played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's obese mom in What's ... More »

Amy Schumer 'Bummed' to Ditch Barbie

Star says 'scheduling conflicts' are to blame for dropping out of movie

(Newser) - Ken will have to find another Barbie. Amy Schumer, who was set to star in the live-action version of the movie based on the doll, has pulled out of the film, Variety reports. It's apparently not because she thinks the Sony flick will be some kind of train wreck,... More »

Beauty and the Beast: 'Less Magical' but Entertaining

Disney's live-action remake is in theaters

(Newser) - Disney's original Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. In other words, its live-action remake starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens has a tough act to follow. According to critics, it's good—but doesn't quite measure up to... More »

Orson Welles' Last Film to Finally Be Released

Get ready, Netflix subscribers

(Newser) - For nearly 50 years, fans of Orson Welles have been patiently awaiting the completion of The Other Side of the Wind, a film Welles began in 1970 but was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1985. They may not have to wait much longer: Netflix has signed... More »

A Hollywood First, Thanks to Get Out's Jordan Peele

First African-American writer-director whose debut movie hit $100M

(Newser) - Get Out is the fastest film in the Blumhouse movie production company's portfolio to reach $100 million, hitting that mark in just 16 days (the previous record-holder was Split in 19 days), Deadline notes. The movie's director, Jordan Peele, has also claimed a milestone, reports the Wrap... More »

Now Playing Everywhere: These Mountains

Kualoa Ranch is a Hollywood favorite

(Newser) - Kualoa Ranch is one of those places that few have visited but many have seen—currently a 100-foot-tall beast is rampaging through it as Kong: Skull Island pays across the big screen, notes Radio Times . A privately owned nature reserve on Hawaii's island of Oahu about 25 miles outside... More »

The Latest King Kong Is Worthy of the Legend

You're in for 'shocking violence,' 'great fun'

(Newser) - A team sets out to explore a mysterious island in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and soon discovers the fist of a massive monkey in Kong: Skull Island . It might be a familiar story, but critics are mostly applauding Jordan Vogt-Roberts' telling. Here's what they’re saying:
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This Is Not Your Typical Superhero Movie

Hugh Jackman's latest turn as Wolverine is fantastic in 'Logan'

(Newser) - After 17 years as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is apparently calling it quits. If so, critics love his finale. In Logan , Wolverine believes himself to be one of the world's last remaining mutants. Then he meets a mute girl with claws just like him. Here's what critics are saying:... More »

Moviegoers Went to See Moonlight, Got Punked

London theater kicked off showing with 20 seconds from 'La La Land' trailer

(Newser) - The "biggest blunder in Oscars history" is now three days old, but a London movie theater decided to extend the error's 15 minutes of fame on Monday. People have been flocking to see Moonlight since its best picture win on Sunday—after La La Land was mistakenly announced... More »

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