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Independence Day: Another Lame Sequel

It needs Will Smith: critics

(Newser) - Why make a sequel to Roland Emmerich's Independence Day? Critics can't quite come up with an answer that doesn't include dollar signs. The concept of Independence Day: Resurgence : Humans have been preparing for a repeat war with aliens for 20 years—but so have the aliens. Here'... More »

It's No Nemo, but Dory Still Makes a Splash

Ellen DeGeneres is superb: critics

(Newser) - A flashback to her childhood sends Dory—a blue tang suffering from memory loss—fishing for her family in Finding Dory—Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Despite its threat to real-life fish , critics argue it was worth the wait. Here's what they're saying.
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Jennifer Lawrence to Play Disgraced Biotech Boss

She's signed on for Theranos movie

(Newser) - It could be a blood-testing blockbuster: Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play 32-year-old biotech startup founder Elizabeth Holmes in a movie about the wild ride of Theranos, Deadline reports. The company, which claimed it could test blood with a single finger prick , recently saw its value plummet from $9... More »

Samberg's Popstar Is 'Pitch-Perfect' Satire

It's a smart take on today's celebrity culture: critics

(Newser) - Perhaps you expected bad reviews. After all, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a mockumentary about a ridiculous Bieber-like rapper whose star is fading. But you're in for a nice surprise. Critics are raving about this spoof on celebrity culture, starring Andy Samberg and a sea of music-industry celebs.... More »

Hamilton Star Joins Cast of Mary Poppins

Lin-Manuel Miranda will star opposite Emily Blunt

(Newser) - The star and creator of Broadway hit Hamilton is heading to the big screen. Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast in Disney's live-action reboot of Mary Poppins, starring Emily Blunt in the title role. In this version set in Depression-era London, the children of the classic story are grown up;... More »

The X-Men Franchise May Have Just Imploded

It's a 'hollow, unfocused mess'

(Newser) - Critics predicted 2014's X-Men flick would be a tough act to follow—and they were right. There's plenty of explosions, plus star power from James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence, but X-Men: Apocalypse just doesn't measure up. Here's what critics are saying:
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Hillary Clinton, Ghostbusters Cast to Hit Ellen

'Get your Woman Cards ready'

(Newser) - "Get your Woman Cards ready," says Ellen DeGeneres. The talk show host will sit down with Hillary Clinton, as well as the all-female cast of Ghostbusters for interviews that will air on her show Wednesday to the presumable delight of feminists. Sony Pictures, however, which booked the show... More »

Weiner Documentary 'Never Stops Making You Gasp'

'One of the best political documentaries you'll ever see'

(Newser) - Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg planned to document Anthony Weiner's rise from the ashes as he campaigned for New York City mayor in 2013 following that infamous sexting scandal . But a triumphant return to politics is not what was caught on film. Get ready for one of the most... More »

Money Monster Is 'Implausible,' Yet 'Realistic'

George Clooney and Julia Roberts are great, the plot not so much

(Newser) - A desperate man who suffered from poor financial advice takes TV’s Wall Street whiz hostage live on the air in Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The flick is certainly timely, but is it worth your, well, money? Here's what critics are saying.
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Captain America Might Be Best Marvel Flick Yet

'Summer, we have liftoff'

(Newser) - It's a battle of good versus … good? Captain America: Civil War sees your favorite Marvel superheroes (almost literally every one) clash over whether their actions should be supervised by the UN following a mission gone wrong. Critics and audiences alike are impressed, according to Rotten Tomatoes . Here's... More »

Reagan's Daughter Calls Will Ferrell Role 'Heartless'

Patti Davis slams upcoming 'comedy' focusing on her dad's dementia

(Newser) - News that actor Will Ferrell will be playing a dementia-stricken Ronald Reagan in an upcoming comedic film caused an "uproar" this week, per CNN , with critics denouncing the decision to treat Alzheimer's disease as the joke framing the movie. Among the detractors: Reagan's family, including his daughter,... More »

2 Big Studios, No Women Directors Through 2018

That's 47 male-directed movies

(Newser) - Nearly 50 movies from two major studios are slated to come out through 2018—and there's not a female director to be found among them, according to a tally by the Wrap . It found Paramount is set to release 25 films, while 20th Century Fox will debut 22 (that... More »

Month-Long Film Gets a 7-Hour Trailer

It shows a continuous shot of a beach in Sweden

(Newser) - Swedish artist Anders Weberg says he has made 300 films, but his final "moving image" project, experimental film Ambiancé, promises to be his longest. The running time: 720 hours, or 30 days. As befitting a movie of that length, Weberg has just released a second promotional video for the... More »

Jungle Book Scores a Wild Win

'Flat-out stunner' as movie soars to No. 2 April open with $103.6M

(Newser) - Jungle Book ripped through the weekend box office like it was raised by a pack of wolves, taking in $103.6 million that USA Today notes "surpassed even wild expectations." The CGI film is playing well, with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore,... More »

The Jungle Book Is Disney at Its Best

The remake is visually stunning and a little scary: critics

(Newser) - The Jungle Book is enjoying something rarely granted to reboots: stellar reviews. Critics say the live-action remake of the Disney cartoon based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling—in which a 10-year-old human raised by wolves sets out on a jungle adventure—is enchanting, giving it a 95% rating on... More »

There's a New 'Must-See' Cult Classic

'Everybody Wants Some!!' has critics raving

(Newser) - The man who brought you Boyhood, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused might have another gem on his hands. Critics are in love with Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!!, giving it a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying:
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Hulu Show Yanked Out of NC Over LGBT Law

Gov. Pat McCrory has 'tainted the film industry'

(Newser) - First San Francisco banned non-essential travel to the Tar Heel State. Now TV and movie production companies are continuing their exodus out of North Carolina over a new law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules. Filming for the Hulu comedy Crushed was to kick off in May in Charlotte,... More »

Hip-Hop Artist Wants to Save Outsiders House as Museum

Key location in 1983 movie is falling apart

(Newser) - Fans of '80s movies who are familiar with the line "Stay gold, Ponyboy" might be interested in a movement to restore an old house in Oklahoma. As the Tulsa World reports, the house just happens to be the one where the Curtis brothers lived in the film The ... More »

Hearst's 'Dark' Plot Against Orson Welles, Citizen Kane

Upcoming book says media mogul tried everything he could to discredit director

(Newser) - Orson Welles may not have thought William Randolph Hearst himself was out to directly sabotage Citizen Kane, the movie partly based on the tycoon's life, but documents never before published appear to show what the Guardian labels a seedy scheme against Welles and RKO pictures, including "extortion, media... More »

Batman v Superman Is Pretty—and Pretty Dumb

Critics say it's 2.5 hours of mess and confusion

(Newser) - Everyone loves Batman and Superman, just apparently not when they’re trying to rip each other’s heads off. While audiences give Batman v Superman a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are hovering at the 30% mark, calling the film, well, a disaster. Here's what they're... More »

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