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Critics Have Nothing Warm to Say About The Snowman

Critics pick apart the plot of this 'thrill-free thriller'

(Newser) - The Snowman, a film about a detective on the trail of a serial killer slogging around chilly Norway, is getting, well, a wintry reception. And that's putting it kindly. The Tomas Alfredson-directed film, based on the best-selling novel by Norwegian Jo Nesbo, currently has an abysmal 12% rating from... More »

Alien Franchise Emerges From Its Rut

'Alien: Covenant' is 'among the better chapters'

(Newser) - A spaceship arrives on a distant planet that looks like a perfect new home for humans in Alien: Covenant. But if you know anything about Alien movies, you'll know there's only terror in store. Here's what critics are saying about the latest installment of the franchise, with... 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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A-Listers Can't Help The Counselor

Critics call it 'bleak,' 'pretentious,' and 'soulless'

(Newser) - Despite big names like Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz, Cormac McCathy's first shot at screenwriting isn't sitting well with critics, who've granted The Counselor a 34% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Audiences don't seem impressed with the Ridley Scott flick... More »

12 Years a Slave a Film 'for the Ages'

Steve McQueen directs stark look at US slavery

(Newser) - Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is winning widespread praise for its unflinching—and brilliantly acted—portrayal of the horrors of slavery. The film, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, tells the story of a free man tricked into enslavement on a Louisiana plantation.
  • "Movie audiences have
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Prometheus Tries Way Too Hard

Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender star in Ridley Scott film

(Newser) - Critics agree: The visuals in Ridley Scott's Prometheus are stunning. As for the story—about a space crew tracking the aliens who may have created us—it's a little too heavy for its own good.
  • "Prometheus could have been an elegant, moody sci-fi actioner if only it
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Hunger Games Scarfs Up 4 MTV Wins

But Twilight wins Movie of Year

(Newser) - The Hunger Games scooped up four top MTV movie awards last night, nailing golden popcorn trophies for Best Female and Male Performance for stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, as well as for Best Fight, and Best Transformation for Elizabeth Banks. But The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn won Best Movie... More »

Fassbender Wows in Shame

Critics mixed on Steve McQueen's sex addiction tale

(Newser) - Shame tells the story of a sex addict’s joyless need for physical pleasure, and Michael Fassbender offers a stunning performance, critics say. But they’re divided over whether the film has much else to offer:
  • Fassbender’s work “may lay claim to this year’s title of most
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