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Fassbender Is Brilliant as Steve Jobs

Critics love him and Aaron Sorkin's 'three-act' script

(Newser) - Audiences have given Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs a so-so rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics, on the other hand, have given it a 91% rating, calling the film one of the year's best. Here's what they're saying:
  • The film unfolds like a "three-act play,
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7 Most Overrated Movies Ever

James Bond, Inception among them

(Newser) - Looking for something to watch this weekend? You've probably heard great things about the following films, but don't believe the hype, Tim Robey writes in the Telegraph . He lists the 10 most overrated films:
  1. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, is hardly the thriller it was made out to
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Opening Ceremony Reviews: Weird but Fun

After grandiosity of Beijing, London opts for goofy, fanciful

(Newser) - After Zhang Yimou's spectacular cast of thousands opened the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the pressure was on London to have an opening ceremony at least as memorable. And after seeing Oscar-winning Danny Boyle's $42 million spectacle, the verdict is ... well, weird. But entertaining:
  • The Hollywood Reporter calls Boyle a
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These Games Will Be Quite British

London 2012 will celebrate UK—without going overboard

(Newser) - Don't expect a rerun of Beijing: This year's Olympics will have a more understated character, better suited to their host country, organizers say. "What you’re going to get, generally speaking, is an image of the UK as it is, warts and all," says a promoter.... More »

In Slumdog Director's Olympic Opener, No Athletes?

Coaches fear participation will detract from Olympians' success

(Newser) - The director of Slumdog Millionaire wants to feature athletes in the 2012 Olympics' opening ceremony, which he happens to be directing—but their coaches aren’t so keen on the idea. British track and field coaches have barred their athletes from participating over fears that doing so could tire them... More »

127 Hours an Intense Triumph

James Franco dazzles in Danny Boyle's latest

(Newser) - Critics are absolutely fawning over 127 Hours, Danny Boyle's latest directorial triumph. James Franco plays real-life hiker Aron Ralston, who found himself pinned by a boulder in a cavern and [spoiler alert] amputated his own arm to escape. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Boyle “pumps every frame of 127
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Director Buys Apartment for Slumdog Kid

(Newser) - The makers of Slumdog Millionaire have bought a home for one of the film’s Indian child actors whose real-life shanty was demolished by the Mumbai government, Reuters reports. Azharuddin Ismail is now living in a “comfortable” apartment “in a good neighborhood near his school,” an exec... More »

Nate Silver Turns Crystal Ball on Oscars

After number-crunching, Slumdog is tops

(Newser) - FiveThirtyEight.com stats-cruncher extraordinaire Nate Silver shifts his sights from politics to the Oscars in New York magazine. He compiled data from 30 years of Academy Awards to discover the best predictors of success, and found that other awards (SAGs, Golden Globes) carry the most weight. Genre is also key;... More »

Slumdog an Evasive Fantasy

Fairy-tale film's take on 'real India' has 'conveniently fluid notion of reality'

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire wants to be a portrait of the “real India” and a fairy tale at the same time, but director Danny Boyle’s combination is “dissonant to the point of incoherence,” writes Dennis Lim in Slate. It portrays life in the slums in brilliant color, and... More »

Slum Dwellers Protest Slumdog

Slum residents feel film's title is demeaning

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire has drawn widespread critical praise and earned 10 Oscar nominations today, but some residents of Mumbai slums find the title insulting, the AP reports. Protesters demonstrated outside the office of Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, who appears in the film, holding signs saying "Poverty For Sale" and "... More »

Slumdog Wins Big at Critics' Choice

Heath Ledger receives posthumous award

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at the Critics' Choice Awards last night, taking home five trophies, including best film and best director (Danny Boyle), MTV News reports. Heath Ledger, meanwhile, continued his posthumous honors, picking up best supporting actor (and a standing ovation) for his turn as the Joker... More »

Slumdog Millionaire Has Winning Pedigree

Critics can't resist the brutal, yet 'upbeat,' slice of Mumbai life

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire's feel-good story is tough to resist, critics say. The hard-knock life of a boy who goes from the streets of Mumbai to game-show fantasyland is “one of the most upbeat stories about living in hell imaginable,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. Still, “... More »

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