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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 »

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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