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Cobain Documentary 'Brilliant,' 'Uncomfortable'

Director Brett Morgen probes the man behind the myth

(Newser) - It's pretty much unanimous: Critics are in love with Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary produced by Cobain's daughter , which hits theaters today before premiering on HBO next month. With interviews from his parents, Courtney Love, and more, it offers an intimate look at the star who... More »

Mall Cop 2 'Painfully Unfunny'

It indicates a Dark Age of US comedy: critic

(Newser) - Kevin James' rent-a-cop moves from a suburban shopping mall to a Las Vegas casino in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sequel to the 2009 flick that topped the box office . Sadly, critics are wishing James never hopped back on the Segway. Here's what they're saying:
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Kristen Stewart Truly Wows in Clouds of Sils Maria

Critics agree: She deserved that French Cesar

(Newser) - An established actress rehearses for a role as an older woman, opposite a young starlet, with help from her assistant in Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Kristen Stewart, respectively. Stewart has already made history with her performance, but what do critics have to say?... More »

Paul Walker Gets Worthy Farewell in Furious 7

Flick is a thrill ride, even with the confusing plot

(Newser) - There's a somber feeling attached to the seventh Fast & Furious flick following Paul Walker's death in the middle of filming. With help from his brothers and plenty of CGI, moviemakers managed to not only finish the movie, but honor their fallen comrade in the process. Here's... More »

Get Hard 'Feels Like a Life Sentence'

Unfunny flick isn't quite the satire it aims to be: critics

(Newser) - Will Ferrell's latest comedy about a wealthy white guy who enlists a law-abiding black man to help him prepare for life in prison is proving more controversial than his usual work. With accusations that Get Hard is homophobic and racist, Ferrell defends the flick to the AP , noting he... More »

Insurgent Bests Divergent, Still Not Great

Doesn't hold a candle to Hunger Games : critics

(Newser) - If you liked the first installment of the Divergent series, based on the books by Veronica Roth, you'll probably like the latest addition. Audiences are giving it a 72% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , but critics are less impressed. Some say it's better than the first flick, but... More »

Magical Cinderella 'Sparkles'

New fairy tale flick updates story, stays true to original

(Newser) - There are sure to be a few people buying tickets to Cinderella this weekend simply to see Frozen Fever , which precedes it. If they stick around after the short, though, they might just witness a little magic courtesy of Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Richard Madden. Here's what critics... More »

Recycled Chappie Belongs in 'Scrap Heap'

Critics bash Neill Blomkamp's robot flick as copycat, failure

(Newser) - Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, and Hugh Jackman star in Chappie, a film about a former police robot that develops the ability to think and feel and becomes the face of a revolution. According to critics, it's all a little too familiar. Here's what they're saying:
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Will Smith Is Back in Focus

Smith, Margot Robbie charm in film that lacks sense: critics

(Newser) - Will Smith stars as Nicky, an established con man who takes on a new apprentice, Australian newcomer Margot Robbie's Jess, in Focus. They both love the con game, but who's playing who? Here's what critics are saying:
  • Richard Corliss at Time is a fan. "The mix
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Hot Tub 2 Is 'the Turd in the Jacuzzi'

Lazy sequel is unfunny, stupid: critics

(Newser) - Minus John Cusack, the gang from Hot Tub Time Machine is back for an equally ridiculous sequel in which the men hunt for a time traveler from 2025 who attempted to kill Lou, played by Rob Corddry. Its 14% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes is pretty bleak. Here'... More »

Fifty Shades More Snoozefest Than Sexy

Critics rip apart Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey

(Newser) - The wait is over for EL James fans who've pined three long years for Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele to get it on on the big screen. But audiences are giving Fifty Shades of Grey just a 57% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , and critics are even less impressed:... More »

Jupiter Ascending Is 'So Bad It's Almost Good'

At least it's not boring: critics

(Newser) - A perplexing plot, awkward-looking costumes, and interspecies romance converge in Jupiter Ascending, from Lana and Andy Wachowski of The Matrix. Hold on to your seat, you're in for a bumpy, intergalactic ride. Here's what critics are saying:
  • It's "a big, woozy, spacey fairy tale with a
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Wild Card Is Less Wild, More Dull

A few good fight scenes and not much else: critics

(Newser) - If you like Jason Statham movies, you'll probably like Wild Card. Otherwise, probably not. Though it's based on William Goldman's 1985 novel Heat, this flick left critics cold. Here's what they're saying:
  • "Watching Stanley Tucci is almost worth the price of a ticket to
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Johnny Depp's Mortdecai Is Very, Very Bad

Critics pan it as 'unbearable,' 'embarrassing'

(Newser) - Johnny Depp, what were you thinking? Critics everywhere are panning the actor's latest flick Mortdecai—adapted from Kyril Bonfiglioli's comic novels—which has a dismal 8% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It's a good thing the reviews are funny, because the movie, apparently, isn't.
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Eastwood's Sniper Is His 'Best in Years'

Bradley Cooper delivers as the US' deadliest sniper

(Newser) - An Oscar nominee for best picture, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle , considered the deadliest sniper in US history. Based on Kyle's 2012 autobiography, the Clint Eastwood-directed flick follows the soldier to war and back. Is it worth the journey? Here's what... More »

MLK 'Expertly' Captured in Timely Selma

David Oyelowo 'mesmerizing' as he portrays King's private side

(Newser) - If critics are to be believed, Selma might be the best movie you see this season. The historical drama following Martin Luther King Jr. as he fights for racial equality in Selma, Alabama, circa 1965 has an impressive 99% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're... More »

A Star Is Born in A Most Violent Year

Leading man Oscar Isaac recalls 'young Al Pacino'

(Newser) - A Most Violent Year is setting the bar high for movies in 2015. The flick, set in crime-riddled New York City in 1981 and starring Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks, has a 91% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying:
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Critics Weigh In: What Movie to See This Weekend?

In other words, is 'The Interview' worth it or should you see 'Into the Woods' instead?

(Newser) - Trying to decide which of the many new releases you should see this weekend? A smattering of critical thoughts on the biggest of them:
  • The Interview: Now that it's available to watch, is it worth it? Well, it has a not-awful-but-also-not-great 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , and a similarly
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Jolie's Unbroken Comes Up Short

It's a 'grand' effort, but less than satisfying: critics

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort is Unbroken, a much-hyped adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book . It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Italian-American who, as Richard Corliss writes in Time , "lived three lives before he was 30": He competed in the 1936 Olympics, was stranded on... More »

Hobbit Trilogy Ends With a Bang

Critics mainly happy with Peter Jackson's finale (and happy it's all over)

(Newser) - The last of the Hobbit films is now playing in theaters, bringing with it an end to Peter Jackson's long foray through JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth (at least for now). How does the finale of the second trilogy compare to its predecessors? Here's what critics are saying about... More »

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