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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 »

Lengthy Inherent Vice Is 'Offbeat'

Critics take on Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of novel

(Newser) - How many stars can you pack in a movie? When it comes to Inherent Vice, based on a 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, a lot. Alongside Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, and Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a stoner helping out his ex-girlfriend in 1970s California. Here's... More »

'Terrific' Witherspoon Carries Wild

Flick based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir is 'captivating,' but with 'interruptions'

(Newser) - It looks like Reese Witherspoon's hard work paid off. Critics and audiences alike are raving about Wild, a flick based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir about hiking 1,100 miles after the death of her mother and collapse of her marriage. Should Witherspoon prepare an Oscar speech? What... More »

You'll Leave Mockingjay 'Still Waiting'

It sets up the finale, but that's largely all: critics

(Newser) - Katniss Everdeen is back and ready to wage war in the first part of what is touted to be an epic Hunger Games finale. But does this flick, with a star-studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, stand above the rest? Here'... More »

Dumb and Dumber To Is Too Dumb for Critics

Jim Carrey does well, but this flick is stuck in the past

(Newser) - If you've been waiting two decades for Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to 1994's cult classic Dumb and Dumber, well, let's hope you aren't as disappointed as critics. The flick starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels has just a 28% approval rating from critics on... More »

Critics Split on Nolan's Interstellar

Matthew McConaughey's latest is both 'remarkable' and a 'disaster'

(Newser) - Should we save Earth, or leave it? That's the question at the heart of Interstellar, which sees Matthew McConaughey suit up as an astronaut hoping to find other planets capable of hosting human life. Make sure to use the bathroom on your way in: This flick is a long... More »

Gyllenhaal at His Best in Creepy Nightcrawler

Actor gives a 'brilliant' performance alongside Rene Russo

(Newser) - Just about everyone is raving about Nightcrawler, a dark thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy that currently has a 95% and 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and audiences, respectively. Jake Gyllenhaal shines as Lou Bloom, a freelance TV cameraman who finds himself immersed in crime journalism in... More »

Keanu Reeves Back on Top in John Wick

It's your typical action movie but it's awesome anyway: critics

(Newser) - An ex-hitman gets back to business after losing his wife and his dog in John Wick. The flick starring Keanu Reeves, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, and Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen is much like your typical action movie, but with a few surprises. (And a neat side note: First-time director... More »

Michael Keaton Takes Flight in Birdman

Actor called 'tour de force' in comeback role

(Newser) - Chatter about a Michael Keaton comeback was inevitable when early press started trickling out about Birdman , but he's surpassed expectations and "soars" in the role (as more than one media outlet describes his performance). The surreal movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which documents washed-up actor... More »

There's Too Much Junk in The Judge

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are great, but no fireworks

(Newser) - If you thought Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall would create magic on screen, critics might be about to burst your bubble. The Judge, in which Downey Jr. stars as a hotshot lawyer representing his judge-turned-murder-suspect dad Duvall, doesn't live up to some expectations. Here's what critics are... More »

Gone Girl a Mostly Thrilling Thriller

Film based on popular Gillian Flynn novel will leave viewers unsettled

(Newser) - "Chilling," "unsettling," and "manipulative" is what critics are saying about Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy, a husband and wife trying to make it in a small town in Missouri—just the type of descriptors you probably want for... More »

Even With Few Tunes, Jimi Hendrix Biopic Works

Critics praise Andre 3000 of Outkast in 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

(Newser) - Writer and director John Ridley takes audiences back to 1966 and '67, before Jimi Hendrix was a rock god, in Jimi: All Is by My Side. The new flick starring Outkast's Andre 3000, also known as Andre Benjamin, has been called "fascinating," yet also downright weird.... More »

You May Want to Leave This Is Where I Leave You

Despite a strong cast, critics say this flick falls flat

(Newser) - Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda team up in This Is Where I Leave You, a film about siblings brought together by their father's death. Though audiences are somewhat pleased, according to Rotten Tomatoes , critics are instead ready to throw tomatoes. Here's what they're saying:
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Wiig, Hader Transform in Skeleton Twins

Critics call it 'one of the better movies' of the year

(Newser) - Audiences are raving about The Skeleton Twins almost as much as critics. The drama starring Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader has nabbed a thumbs-up from 83% of viewers and 88% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes . What's to love?
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If I Stay Offers Tears, Little Else

Critics mixed on emotional teen flick

(Newser) - If I Stay tells the story of a teen girl with a big future who's nearly killed in a car crash. Informed by out-of-body experiences, she must decide whether to stick around on Earth or head to Heaven. It'll make you cry, but it doesn't offer much... More »

Sorry Bookworms, The Giver Offers Little

Critics aren't impressed with this 'same old' story

(Newser) - Excited to head back to your school reading days with the new flick The Giver? You may not be after reading what the critics have to say. Despite big names like Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry's classic 1993 novel has just a 29%... More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Is 'Shamelessly' Fun

Latest Marvel installation

(Newser) - Guardians of the Galaxy—what the AP describes as a "3-D space opera" starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper—opens today, and reviewers seem happy. As of this writing, 91% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes approve of the Marvel flick, mainly... More »

Lucy Definitely Not Boring

Critics say sci-fi action flick with Scarlett Johansson is 'completely nuts'

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson's character ingests designer drugs that enable her to use 100% of her brain in Luc Besson's latest picture, which boasts a neat premise even if it isn't scientifically accurate . But do the critics like it? Mostly, with a 62% rating at Rotten Tomatoes . Here's... More »

Sex Tape Isn't Sexy—or Funny

(Newser) - Critics were neither titillated nor amused by Sex Tape, the new romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple that tries to spice up their lives by recording a marathon 3-hour bedroom session, and wind up accidentally sending it to everyone they know. As of this... More »

You've Never Seen a Movie Like Boyhood

Incredible film was shot over 12 years, and critics are thrilled with the results

(Newser) - Critics aren't just calling Boyhood the movie of the year—they're calling it one of the greatest movies of all time. Director Richard Linklater actually shot the coming-of-age story over 12 years, allowing audiences to watch actor Ellar Coltrane literally come of age onscreen. The results are apparently... More »

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