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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 »

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 »

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