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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 »

Transformers 4 Is Just Plain Awful

Critics advise you stay away from this noisy summer flick

(Newser) - Womp womp. According to critics, the Transformers franchise should have been kept to a trilogy. The fourth installment of this robot-smashing series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is getting the nod from just 20% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The upside? It has a 74% approval rating from audiences. Here's... More »

Jersey Boys Falls Flat

Film doesn't live up to the Broadway musical: critics

(Newser) - What do you get when you mix Clint Eastwood and a Tony Award-winning musical? That would be Jersey Boys, the film version of the Broadway show starring John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli and Christopher Walken as a mobster. So will you be singing along or dozing in your seat?... More »

22 Jump Street Stays Fresh

Critics are still laughing at Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

(Newser) - Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back as partners-in-crime-fighting in 22 Jump Street, but rather than go undercover as high-schoolers to infiltrate a drug ring, this time around they're going undercover as college students. How does the sequel stand up to the first installment? Read on.
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The Fault In Our Stars Will Make You Cry

And critics, for the most part, love it for it

(Newser) - The much-anticipated film adaptation of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars opens today, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teen lovers dealing with cancer. Critics are in love, too—as of this writing it has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes —with most praising its wit and... More »

Jolie Is Maleficent's Saving Grace

Revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty divides critics

(Newser) - Maleficent, Disney's new revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, opens this weekend, and critics seem to agree on one thing: Angelina Jolie is stunning in the title role. But they're divided on how good the movie around her actually is—it's currently scoring 47% on Rotten Tomatoes . Here'... More »

Critics Totally Wowed by Latest X-Men

It may be tough to follow, but who cares?: reviews

(Newser) - The superheroes are back again in X-Men: Days of Future Past and boy, do they impress as they time-travel back to the 1970s. Critics are throwing the film a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, and audiences are even more generous. So what's there to... More »

Godzilla: as Good as Jaws?

Mostly good reviews for this beast of a revival

(Newser) - The Godzilla franchise enters its seventh decade and there's plenty of building-smashing to go around. But does the beast also have a sensitive side? Director Gareth Edwards shows there's more to the monster in this latest Godzilla flick, starring Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. How does he do?... More »

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