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Patriots Day Is 'Thoughtful' Yet 'Unnecessary'

It 'gets the job done' for the most part

(Newser) - Less than four years after the real-life event, director Peter Berg has brought us Hollywood's version of the Boston Marathon bombing with Patriots Day , centering on a fictional Boston police sergeant (Mark Wahlberg) whose experiences are based on the real ones of several people. Here's what critics are... More »

Taraji P. Henson Gives 'Performance of a Lifetime'

Critics say 'Hidden Figures' is 'dazzling'

(Newser) - After a limited release , Hidden Figures is hitting theaters nationwide to tell the tale of three black female mathematicians (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe) breaking barriers at NASA in the 1960s. Based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, the... More »

Poetic Paterson Is a 'Small Miracle'

Jim Jarmusch's flick is 'wonderfully serene,' says critic

(Newser) - Squeezing into 2016 with hardly any time to spare is one of the year's best films, according to critics. Jim Jarmusch's Paterson follows a week in the very routine life of a bus driver and closet poet named Paterson, who happens to live in Paterson, NJ. The flick... More »

Passengers 'Isn't Worth the Trip'

It could have been great, but took the easy way out: critics

(Newser) - The premise: Two humans awake from hibernation 90 years too early on a spaceship that's supposed to be taking them and thousands of others to a new planet. The reaction: No, thank you. Here's what critics are saying about Passengers :
  • Chris Pratt's Jim is keeping a secret
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There's 'a New Hope' for Star Wars Franchise

Action-packed 'Rogue One' is 'a story worth telling'

(Newser) - Ever wonder how the Rebel Alliance got the blueprints that revealed that fatal flaw in the Death Star? No? Well, Rogue One will fill you in, anyway. Here's what critics are saying about the Star Wars spinoff, actually a kind of prequel to 1977's A New Hope:
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Late Arrival La La Land Is the 'Movie of the Year'

Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling are 'dazzling'

(Newser) - Apparently the third time's the charm for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. After starring together in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, they're wowing audiences in Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, which has a 95% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they'... More »

Natalie Portman 'Will Floor You' as Jackie

'One of the year's best' films, say critics

(Newser) - The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a story we know well. But in Jackie , director Pablo Larrain focuses almost solely on his wife and how she shaped the Kennedy legacy on her own. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Natalie Portman "verily channels Jackie herself" in a "
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Fantastic Beasts Is, Well, Fantastic

It's 'a rare kind of magic,' say critics

(Newser) - Thought the Wizarding World only existed in the UK? Not so. Dive into America's magic community circa 1926 in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of five planned films in a Harry Potter spinoff (with JK Rowling as screenwriter) centering on Newt Scamander, the author of... More »

Reviews for Arrival Are Fantastic

Amy Adams is an Oscar contender

(Newser) - Unforgettable. Imaginative. Beautiful. These are just a few words being used to describe Arrival , Denis Villeneuve's film about a linguistics professor turned alien translator. Giving it a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics can't seem to say enough good things. A sampling:
  • "Where Gravity and The
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Doctor Strange Is a Beautiful 'Headtrip'

Don't miss it in 3D IMAX, say critics

(Newser) - Following up its latest Captain America flick can't have been easy, but Marvel Studios has apparently aced the task. With a 90% approval rating from both critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes , Doctor Strange is a superhero movie almost universally adored. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Sara Stewart
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Aptly Named Inferno Is 'Hell'

'One of the worst movies of the year'

(Newser) - Even the ever-lovable Tom Hanks can't save this movie. Critics are giving the latest Robert Langdon adventure Inferno , based on the Dan Brown book in which Langdon must use Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy to track down a virus with the potential to destroy half the world's population,... More »

A Better Title: Jack Reacher: Never Come Back

Flick is dull and full of cliches, say critics

(Newser) - Jack Reacher is back in Never Go Back, the second installment in the Tom Cruise-led action series based on Lee Child's books. Though audiences seem generally pleased, per Rotten Tomatoes , critics seem to hate it almost as much as they hate the movie's title. Here's what they'... More »

Christopher Guest's Mascots: Like 'Best of Show,' but With Humans

Movie features lots of familiar faces and 'deadpan' jokes—but they may be too familiar

(Newser) - There's no finer purveyor of the "mockumentary" than Christopher Guest, the director behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show (and, of course, known for his portrayal of Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap). Which is why the internet turned it up to 11 when it was announced in... More »

Birth of a Nation Is 'Much-Needed' Punch to the Gut

It's 'deeply absorbing' but not without faults: critics

(Newser) - Its namesake released in 1915 has become synonymous with racism for its veneration of the Ku Klux Klan. Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation aims to tell a very different story, focusing on Nat Turner, leader of an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia—though the media focus lately has... More »

Magnificent Seven? More Like Mediocre

Film is 'enjoyable' but 'forgettable,' say critics

(Newser) - Saddle up for The Magnificent Seven , Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic about a mismatched group of seven in search of justice. This version has been updated with a more diverse cast and a bit more humor, but otherwise it's pretty much the same. Here's what... More »

Snowden Should Be Fascinating. It's Not

Critics appear to love or hate Oliver Stone's film

(Newser) - Director Oliver Stone brings us Edward Snowden's side of the story of his NSA leaks in Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man himself. Critics seem to either love it or hate it. Here's what they're saying:
  • This is "Stone's best political work to date,
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Eastwood's Sully Is 'Electrifying'

One critic calls it 'an absolute triumph'

(Newser) - Sure, there was plenty of " hero sex ," but the aftermath of the Miracle on the Hudson wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. It's that story Clint Eastwood has chosen to tell in Sully , starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. Here's what critics are saying:
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Kevin Smith Flick Getting Very, Very Bad Reviews

Critics of 'Yoga Hosers' take issue with editing, script, and plot

(Newser) - If you were planning to see Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers this weekend, keep in mind that critics almost universally hate it. The movie has a low 22% rating at Rotten Tomatoes , though audiences are much kinder, at 63%. The movie is actually a family affair: Smith's daughter stars... More »

War Dogs Struggles, but Jonah Hill Shines

'If only the rest of the film matched his talents'

(Newser) - Director Todd Phillips of bro comedies like The Hangover and Old School takes a dramatic turn in War Dogs, based on the true story of two dudes from Miami who win a government contract to supply weapons to US troops. Critics agree it doesn't quite live up to its... More »

Sausage Party Is Hilariously Filthy

'One of the funniest and most deeply offensive movies of the year'

(Newser) - Just because a film is animated doesn't mean you should take your kids to see it. Case in point: Sausage Party—which delivers more F-bombs in its first minute than one would've thought possible. How do critics feel about talking food items with, um, powerful sexual urges? Here'... More »

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