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Revenant Might 'Blow Your Mind'

It's beautiful, primal, raw, say critics

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio plays 1820s frontier legend Hugh Glass who runs afoul of a grizzly bear and is left for dead in The Revenant . Thankfully, he survives to put on an epic, yet gory show en route to revenge. Early reports claimed Leo has this year's best male actor Oscar... More »

Sisters Might Be Rare Miss for Fey, Poehler

Critics split between 'comic gold' and 'stupid movie'

(Newser) - Two very different siblings return to their childhood home to pack up before new owners move in, then decide to throw one last party in the R-rated comedy Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. There's no denying the pair's chemistry, but not all critics are loving what... More »

Force Awakens Blows Critics Away

JJ Abrams got it just right, reviewers say

(Newser) - The review embargo on Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended early Wednesday, leaving critics free to tell the world just how much they loved it. The majority had nothing but praise for director JJ Abrams' reboot of the beloved franchise, and even those who thought it was hit-and-miss say it'... More »

Big Short Makes a Tragedy Funny

And that's a tall order, say critics

(Newser) - A film about the players involved in the 2008 financial crisis might sound like a bore, even with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and—oddly—Selena Gomez, along for the ride. However, The Big Short, a nominee for the best picture Golden Globe, is anything but. Here'... More »

'Wake Up!' We Need Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

It doesn't always work, but it's a 'wake-up alarm,' say critics

(Newser) - Taking a page from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata and modern-day Chicago, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq centers on a women's movement to withdraw from sex in an attempt to curb gun violence on the South Side. It has particular meaning as homicides in the city rack up . Here's... More »

Rocky Spinoff Creed Is Surprisingly Good

One critic says it's the best Rocky film since the original

(Newser) - The son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed turns up in Philadelphia to be trained by his dead father's once-opponent Rocky Balboa in Creed —a movie cheered by critics, who give it a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying:
  • "You'd expect
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Mockingjay 2 Both Fiery and 'Lukewarm'

JLaw 'has been the best possible Katniss,' says one critic

(Newser) - Katniss navigates a booby-trapped Capitol in the hope of assassinating evil President Snow in Mockingjay Part 2 , the final installment of the Hunger Games series, based on Suzanne Collins' novels. Is it a fitting farewell? Here's what critics are saying:
  • "The film is not just a good, exciting,
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The Pitts' Honeymoon Flick Is Awful

Critics give it a 23% approval on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Turns out Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spent their honeymoon making a pretty crappy movie. So argue critics who give By the Sea—written and directed by Jolie—a dismal 23% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying:
  • By the Sea—centering on a writer who
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Bond Starting to Feel a Little 'Bland'

Critics agree 'Spectre' can't compete with 'Skyfall'

(Newser) - Daniel Craig's lack of, um, warmth regarding his role as 007 may come across in his fourth and probably final James Bond flick, Spectre . Thought critics aren't exactly bashing it, the film isn't getting anything close to the kind reviews that Skyfall did back in 2012. Here'... More »

Suffragette Is 'a Movie That Matters'

Carey Mulligan is the film's 'biggest asset,' says one critic

(Newser) - Set a century in the past, Sarah Gavron's Suffragette explores the women's suffrage movement in early-20th-century Britain through the eyes of working wife and mother Maud. Is the film as controversial as the stars have been in promoting it? Here's what critics are saying:
  • "A more
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Spielberg Works His Magic in Bridge of Spies

British actor Mark Rylance gives a standout performance as Rudolf Abel

(Newser) - Tom Hanks took some time off from being awesome to star as an American attorney who must negotiate a prisoner swap in Soviet Russia in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies . Critics and audiences are equally in love, giving the flick a 92% and 90% approval rating, respectively, on Rotten... More »

Fassbender Is Brilliant as Steve Jobs

Critics love him and Aaron Sorkin's 'three-act' script

(Newser) - Audiences have given Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs a so-so rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics, on the other hand, have given it a 91% rating, calling the film one of the year's best. Here's what they're saying:
  • The film unfolds like a "three-act play,
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The Martian Is 'Out of This World'

Matt Damon charms critics as an astronaut in peril

(Newser) - Matt Damon plays a botanist-astronaut stuck on Mars while NASA debates whether to risk six lives in an attempt to save one in The Martian . It seems to be a winner, with a 93% favorable rating from both fans and critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what critics are saying:... More »

Tobey Maguire Masters More Than Chess as Bobby Fischer

Critics give the actor thumbs up all around

(Newser) - In Pawn Sacrifice, Tobey Maguire plays troubled American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, who will eventually battle Russian chess master Boris Spassky at the 1972 World Chess Championship. But can any actor really get inside Fischer's head? Here's what critics are saying:
  • Richard Roeper sums up the film as
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Has Depp Finally Returned to Form?

One critic says role as Whitey Bulger is 'one of his best'; another heartily disagrees

(Newser) - Yes, that's Johnny Depp in those eerie blue contacts and balding blonde wig. The actor transforms into gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in Black Mass , which follows the crimelord's remarkable rise in South Boston, with a strong supporting cast along for the ride. Here's what critics are... More »

Welcome Back, M. Night Shyamalan

Critics find it's worth the 'Visit' to Nana's house

(Newser) - Two kids go on their first visit to Nana and Pop Pop's house to find out—and document via video cameras—what led to a family estrangement 15 years earlier in The Visit. They end up uncovering more than expected, including what goes bump in the night. Here's... More »

Why You Should Probably Avoid A Walk in the Woods

Robert Redford, Nick Nolte play travel companions in critic-splitting flick

(Newser) - An impressive cast including Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson can't save A Walk in the Woods , a new flick based on Bill Bryson's travel memoir of the same name. It's a trip better left untaken, according to most critics. (It's just below the 50%... More »

Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss Moves On in 'Spectacular' Way

She plays a woman unraveling in Queen of Earth

(Newser) - Ever wonder what a psychological breakdown looks like up close? See for yourself in Queen of Earth from Alex Ross Perry. It follows two friends, one of whom has recently lost her father to suicide and her lover to another woman. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Queen of Earth
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Grandma Could Get Lily Tomlin Her First Oscar

The 75-year-old should get her face on the $20, quips AO Scott

(Newser) - Just because Grandma is the title character doesn't mean you're in for a sappy lovefest. Lily Tomlin plays Elle, an elderly feminist who gets hit with a bomb at 9am: Sage, her teenage granddaughter, is pregnant and needs her help. Here's what critics are saying about Grandma:... More »

U.N.C.L.E. Is Old-Fashioned —in a Good Way

Critics generally agree it's a good flick, at least for August

(Newser) - Two spies from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain join forces to keep a bomb out of the hands of a mutual enemy in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. , inspired by the 1960s TV show. What do critics think of Guy Ritchie's first flick since 2011?... More »

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