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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 »

'Good Vibes' Dominate Ant-Man and the Wasp

Film's 'goofball charm' wins over critics

(Newser) - A size-adjustable superhero finds trouble and a partner in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, so far much better received than its predecessor. The film from director Peyton Reed features Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (Kate, from Lost) in the titles roles— a first for a female Marvel character. As... More »

Jurassic World 2 Fails to Evolve

It's derivative, but not the worst film you could watch: critics

(Newser) - When you last saw them , the dinosaurs of Jurassic World had overrun the park—no surprise there. Now they need saving, specifically from a volcano rumbling to life beneath their feet. Enter Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom , a JA Bayona film that... More »

'Dumb Pleasures' of Tag Split Critics

'A sense of madcap fun is conspicuously absent,' complains one

(Newser) - What happens when a group of childhood friends continues playing Tag, often at inopportune times, well into adulthood? Here's what critics (who are split 60-40 on Rotten Tomatoes ) are saying about Jeff Tomsic's Tag , starring a host of funny people from Isla Fisher to Hannibal Buress:
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It's Just Not Solo Without Harrison Ford

Some (though not all) critics don't like Alden Ehrenreich's performance in 'Star Wars' flick

(Newser) - Will you miss Harrison Ford? Undoubtedly. Will you still enjoy seeing how Han Solo got his start, and survived his first encounter with Chewbacca? Maybe. So say critics who've given Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story a 69% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It's a decent... More »

Deadpool 2 Works, Thanks to Reynolds

Critics are mostly happy with the snarky superhero sequel

(Newser) - Now pondering fatherhood, Deadpool is back to kick butt and crack jokes in Marvel's Deadpool 2 , featuring Ryan Reynolds and more than a few F-bombs. Its predecessor ruled the box office in 2016, but does this sequel from David Leitch—which cost a stuntwoman her life —have the... More »

Charlize Theron Wows in Brutally Honest Tully

Critics applaud her 'gutsy' performance as tired mom

(Newser) - An exhausted mother of three is convinced to hire a night nurse in Tully , from writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, the same pair responsible for 2007's Juno. Tully, starring Charlize Theron, has an impressive 90% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . What they're saying:
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A Great Villain Helps Avengers 3

Josh Brolin gets props as Thanos

(Newser) - Your favorite Marvel superheroes from Black Panther to Spiderman rally against a villain hoping to destroy half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War , the lengthy (2 hours, 40 minutes) third installment in the series slated to wrap up next year. Setting the stage for an epic conclusion, the film directed... More »

Amy Schumer's New Movie Is a Flop

Its 'body-positive message gets lost,' says one critic of 'I Feel Pretty'

(Newser) - It's another disappointing showing for Amy Schumer, say critics, who've given new flick I Feel Pretty a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . (Audiences were even less kind, at 26%.) Alongside other funny females like Busy Philipps, Aidy Bryant, and Sasheer Zamata, Schumer stars as a self-conscious woman... More »

A Non-Actor Wows Critics in The Rider

Brady Jandreau, director Chloé Zhao getting high praise

(Newser) - The Rider is an American cowboy tale from a relatively new Chinese director. It also features a cast of people who've never acted before. And it's apparently awesome. Brady Jandreau, a real-life cowboy who suffered a brain injury in a 2016 fall, stars alongside his friends and... More »

A Quiet Place Is 'Masterful'

Critics are wowed by the John Krasinski horror film

(Newser) - Make a noise, get hunted. That's the premise of A Quiet Place, set in a world ravaged by sound-sensitive aliens. Directed by John Krasinski (yes, Jim from The Office), the film follows a family led by Krasinski and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, and has an impressive 96% rating... More »

Spielberg Gets Nostalgic in Ready Player One

Dozens of 1980s references are 'too sweet to spoil,' critic says

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One , adapted from Ernest Cline's 2011 novel of the same name, is set in 2045, but it's clearly homesick for the 1980s. Packed with nostalgic references, it follows gamer Wade Watts on a quest to take control of a virtual-reality world in which... More »

Wes Anderson's Latest Is an Odd, Visual Treat

'Isle of Dogs' is a stop-motion tale

(Newser) - Nabbing an all-star cast for his ninth feature film about the exile of dogs to a trash island in a future Japan appears to have paid off for Wes Anderson. The stop-motion Isle of Dogs —with Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and... More »

3rd Time Not the Charm for Tomb Raider

'There's nothing here we haven't seen before,' says Adam Graham

(Newser) - Fifteen years after Angelina Jolie last took on the role, Lara Croft gets a fresh face. In Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider , Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays the daughter of a missing adventurer who falls into a world of trouble on a remote Pacific island while trying to trace... More »

Wrinkle in Time May Not Be Worth Yours

Joe Morgenstern calls big-budget film 'a great disappointment'

(Newser) - More than 50 years after it was written, Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's tale about a girl who hopes to rescue her father from a distant planet, to which he's traveled through a wrinkle in time, is hitting the big screen. What did Ava DuVernay manage with... More »

Red Sparrow May Be Too Bloody for Its Own Good

Despite a valiant performance from Jennifer Lawrence

(Newser) - After a career-ending injury, Russian ballerina Dominika becomes a seductive spy in Red Sparrow , a Francis Lawrence-directed film based on Jason Matthews' novel. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, it's a bloody affair that might not be worth its 2.5-hour run time, based on what critics are saying. It had a... More »

Prepare to Be 'Shellshocked' by Annihilation

One critic labels it 'an emotional and mental tightrope'

(Newser) - Often diverging from the Jeff VanderMeer novel that inspired it, Annihilation from writer-director Alex Garland sees five female specialists set out to explore something akin to a force field that has appeared in Florida. Only one man has escaped it, and he's, well, rattled. You might be, too, after... More »

The Hype Is Real: Black Panther Is Fantastic

'One of the best times I've had at the movies this decade,' says Richard Roeper

(Newser) - Black Panther , directed by Ryan Coogler, has been hyped as one of the first superhero films to feature a predominantly black cast. It's those actors—led by Chadwick Boseman as leader of the African kingdom of Wakanda—who ensure the film only exceeds expectations, according to critics, who... More »

Fifty Shades Finale Is Not Being Treated Kindly

Dialogue is 'outright laughable,' says one critic

(Newser) - The phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is going out the same way it came in to movie theaters : with a snore, according to critics. They've given the third and final installment of the film series a lousy 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , complaining mainly about a lack... More »

Call Me By Your Name Called a 'Masterpiece'

Timothee Chalamet shines alongside Armie Hammer

(Newser) - Call Me By Your Name takes viewers to northern Italy in the summer of 1983, where 17-year-old Elio (recent Golden Globe nominee Timothee Chalamet) meets 24-year-old American graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) and, well, things heat up. The film by Luca Guadagnino, adapted from the novel by Andre Aciman,... More »

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