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Gaga's 'Little Monsters' Are Attacking Venom, Russia-Style

Fans of the superstar are trashing Tom Hardy movie to help push Gaga's 'A Star Is Born'

(Newser) - A Star Is Born, the much-hyped Lady Gaga film directed by Bradley Cooper, hits theaters Friday, but so does the comic-book flick Venom, leading to what Quartz calls "2018's weirdest social media campaign." That would be Gaga fans—aka her "Little Monsters"—penning scathing reviews... 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 »

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 Last Jedi's Rotten Tomatoes Score Might Be Bogus

'Star Wars' fan claims he made bot accounts on Facebook to churn out bad rankings

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi has racked up plenty of favorable reviews en route to a 93% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . But the film's audience rating, currently 55% after more than 124,000 user reviews, isn't nearly as impressive. It may not be that moviegoers don'... More »

No Other Movie Has 100% Rating With So Many Reviews

'Lady Bird' manages the feat with 170 critics on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - The early reviews of the movie Lady Bird were fantastic, and that track record is holding up in unprecedented fashion. Slate points out that the movie written and directed by Greta Gerwig has just notched a record on Rotten Tomatoes . It had 170 reviews as of Tuesday afternoon and yet... More »

Coco Is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Anthony Gonzalez 'can sing like nobody's business'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy with music in his heart finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead in Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Giving the film a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are singing its praises:
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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 »

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