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Animated 'Spider-Man' is gorgeous and funny, say critics

(Newser) - Your favorite web-whipping superhero is back in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , the Sony Pictures animated release introducing a new boy behind the mask, other "Spider-People," and an overall theme of inclusivity into the mix. It seems to have gone over well, considering it has a 98% rating from... More »

History Isn't Boring in Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan gives 'commanding' performance as Mary Stuart

(Newser) - History paints them as fierce rivals. Mary Queen of Scots paints Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and her cousin, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), as frenemies hobbled by the cruelty of men in a conflict that comes to threaten Elizabeth's crown. Four takes on the film, which carries a 74%... More »

Mowgli Might 'Scare the Crap Out of the Kiddies'

Some critics think it's a little dark for children

(Newser) - Originally slated to compete with Disney's The Jungle Book in 2016, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle joins Netflix's extensive library on Dec. 7 following a limited release this weekend. The change comes after the film's sale by Warner Bros, which ultimately decided against a major release—and... More »

Emotional Creed II Wins Critics

It's good, but perhaps not as good as 'Creed'

(Newser) - "I wanna rewrite history." So says Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) in Steven Caple Jr.'s Creed II , in which the boxer faces a challenge from the son of the man who killed his father, Apollo Creed, in Rocky IV. Good thing he has Rocky Balboa (Sylvester... More »

Magic Is Lost in New Harry Potter Spinoff

Critics do not like 'Crimes of Grindelwald'

(Newser) - Early viewers of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald were told to #ProtectTheSecrets . The directive might've been as much to conceal criticisms as to prevent spoilers, based on what critics are saying. Though the first installment in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff was well-received , the second of five... More »

Young Actor Chalamet Does It Again

Crtics say he shines in 'Beautiful Boy,' with Steve Carell

(Newser) - Timothee Chalamet's acting chops are getting praise for the second time this year. The young actor who made a splash in Call Me By Your Name stars as struggling addict Nic alongside concerned parents (Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan) in Beautiful Boy , which gets a 69% rating from... More »

Bohemian Rhapsody Disappoints Despite Star's 'Pixie Dust'

Rami Malek is 'phenomenal,' the film not so much

(Newser) - The trailer may have rocked you , but critics aren't sure you'll be floored by Bohemian Rhapsody itself. The Queen biopic, led by Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury, is a letdown for some critics, while others wonder if director Bryan Singer's sudden exit before the film's completion... More »

'Miniature' Force Powers Jonah Hill's Mid90s

Sunny Suljic delivers what 'might be the performance of the year'

(Newser) - Jonah Hill's writing and directing debut has arrived. Mid90s , partly based on Hill's own childhood, focuses on a 13-year-old looking for acceptance among a crew of older skateboarders in 1990s Los Angeles. The R-rated, coming-of-age flick has a 79% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , and an even... More »

Halloween Is a 'Killer of a Movie' Thanks to Curtis

She's 'moving' in her return as Laurie Strode

(Newser) - Four decades after she first encountered Michael Myers, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) meets the killer for what is said to be the final time in David Gordon Green's Halloween , a follow-up to John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic that overrides all the other sequels that have come before.... More »

First Man Gets It Right

Ryan Gosling is great as Neil Armstrong

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling is back under the direction of La La Land's Damien Chazelle, this time as Neil Armstrong in First Man , based on James R. Hansen's biography of the astronaut. Also starring The Crown's Claire Foy, the film has won over critics, who give it an 90%... More »

Lady Gaga Is a 'Complete 'Revelation' as an Actress

Critics love her and Bradley Cooper in 'A Star Is Born'

(Newser) - Who needs to see yet another remake of A Star Is Born ? You do, say the critics, thanks to director and star Bradley Cooper's bold decision to cast Lady Gaga as his co-star. The film has a strong 93% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes , though audiences are bit... More »

Nicolas Cage Delivers in His 'Craziest Role'

He's on a mission for revenge in 'Mandy'

(Newser) - Throw together revenge, demons, a cult, and a whole lot of blood and you've got Panos Cosmatos' Mandy , making a splash with a 95% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The film stars Nicolas Cage as a lumberjack living peacefully in a cabin the woods with his girlfriend, Mandy... More »

Laughs Quickly Lost in Happytime Murders

Critics blast the film as unfunny 'travesty'

(Newser) - Remember the hubbub over this trailer with NSFW puppets ? Well, The Happytime Murders is out Friday, starring Melissa McCarthy as a detective probing a series of puppet murders with her puppet partner. Critics, meanwhile, are busy investigating why the R-rated film is, in their opinions, downright awful. (The film... More »

Crazy Rich Asians Lives Up to Hype

Rom-com with all-Asian cast wins over the critics

(Newser) - The buzziest new film of the week is Crazy Rich Asians , in part because it's a Hollywood rarity with an all-Asian leading cast. Critics are giving it strong reviews, with a 92% rating at Rotten Tomatoes , and audiences are even higher at 95%. The story line involves a native... More »

'An Alarm Clock Rings' in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Critics applaud this history lesson on racism in America

(Newser) - Spike Lee wants President Trump to see his new movie, reports Reuters , and critics want you to see it, too. Based on the true 1970s story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, BlacKkKlansman has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , with critics commenting on its... More »

4 Searing Reviews of Slender Man

'No one cares,' writes one critic

(Newser) - The reviews are in for Slender Man , the faceless character's jump from the Internet to the big screen thanks to Sony Pictures and director Sylvain White, and they're nearly universally awful. Four zingers summing up critics' 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes : More »

Christopher Robin Is 'Silliness Worth Savoring'

Still, there are missteps and a slow start: critics

(Newser) - Disney's Christopher Robin sees its adult namesake (Ewan McGregor) reunited with his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) outside the Hundred Acre Wood and just in time, as life in post-World War II London is pretty gloomy. What critics are saying about Marc Forster's latest:
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Mission: Impossible 'One of the Best Movies of the Year'

Tom Cruise has still got it as Ethan Hunt

(Newser) - A terrorist group seeks plutonium bombs in Mission: Impossible - Fallout , the sixth film in the series for those counting. You can surely expect another: Critics have given the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying:
  • "Mission: Impossible - Fallout knocks
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Mamma Mia 2: Cheesy Good Fun

Especially if you're an ABBA fan, of course

(Newser) - Prepare to have ABBA tunes rolling around your head: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again , set five years after the first movie , finds Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) hard at work on the hotel her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep, Lilly James) keeps on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. But her... More »

Skip the Rock, Go Straight to Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham's debut is one of the funniest teen movies ever: Peter Travers

(Newser) - Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper arrives at the box office this weekend with the most wham: It's "the biggest-budgeted 'not based on anything' release of the year," per Forbes , and stars heartthrob Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as a former FBI operative turned security expert under... More »

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