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The Emoji Movie: 'A Force of Insidious Evil'

The new animated film is getting absolutely destroyed by critics

(Newser) - With a 3% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes , reviews of The Emoji Movie could have consisted of repeated strings of the vomiting emoji, thumbs-down emoji, and poop emoji. Fortunately for fans of brutal critical drubbings, film critics had to use words (despite the film's position that "words... More »

Almost Everybody Loves Dunkirk

It might be Christopher Nolan's masterpiece, writes one critic

(Newser) - Dunkirk looks like a winner. The World War II movie about the evacuation of Allied troops from the city in France boasts a 92% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , along with a 90% score from audiences. Director Christopher Nolan in particular is winning praise for the film, whose... More »

Netflix Film About Anorexia Sparks Debate

Some say 'To the Bone' is important, others call it harmful

(Newser) - Director Marti Noxon has been open about her past struggles with eating disorders and says she hopes her new film starring Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman suffering from anorexia, will "serve as a conversation starter about an issue that's too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions,... More »

Heading to See Rough Night? Expect Just That

It's 'excruciating,' says one critic

(Newser) - A mostly female cast gathers for director Lucia Aniello's Rough Night , which reveals just how bad a bachelorette weekend with college friends can get, especially when male strippers are involved. If this plot seems a bit tired to you, you're not alone. The movie has a lackluster approval... More »

Amy Schumer's New Movie Is Getting Razzed

Critics pan 'Snatched,' also starring Goldie Hawn

(Newser) - Amy Schumer's new movie is out, and most critics are oh-so-disappointed. Snatched, starring Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother-daughter duo on a disastrous trip to Ecuador, was managing a measly 37% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Worse, even fewer audiences members like it (25%). Here's a sampling:... 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 »

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 »

Critics Split on the Return of Bourne

One says it's 'the best the series has yet offered'

(Newser) - Jason Bourne returns from what was believed to be a watery grave to surprise the CIA in the fifth Bourne installment and fourth starring Matt Damon. In this flick, Bourne is bent on discovering the story behind his initial recruitment. Critics are mostly split. Here's what they're saying:... More »

The Jungle Book Is Disney at Its Best

The remake is visually stunning and a little scary: critics

(Newser) - The Jungle Book is enjoying something rarely granted to reboots: stellar reviews. Critics say the live-action remake of the Disney cartoon based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling—in which a 10-year-old human raised by wolves sets out on a jungle adventure—is enchanting, giving it a 95% rating on... More »

WTF, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

'Messy' Tina Fey films lacks 'heft,' say critics

(Newser) - Kim Barker's 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle hits the big screen with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey as a newbie war correspondent in Kabul, or as her fellow reporters call it, the "Ka-bubble." It's not a typical role for the Saturday Night Live alum, and... More »

The Witch Is 'Incredibly Creepy' —and Great

Robert Eggers' debut feature 'sends chills up the spine'

(Newser) - Exiled to the outskirts of a creepy forest in 1630 New England, a God-fearing couple and their children fall into suspicion and paranoia when an infant son vanishes in The Witch. A teenage daughter is soon accused of witchcraft, but it's debut director Robert Eggers who casts the real... More »

Zoolander 2 'Gives Sequels a Bad Name'

Critics say it's 'terrible,' 'lame,' and unfunny

(Newser) - Derek Zoolander returns to the catwalk—15 years later—in Zoolander 2. Critics seem to wish he had slipped, broken his leg, and ended his career a decade ago. Despite cameos from a sea of stars, the sequel to the 2001 original is getting scathing reviews. Here's what critics... More »

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 »

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 »

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