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Joker Screening Leaves Moviegoers Unsettled

A young man cheered, applauded on-screen murders

(Newser) - Extra layers of security, intense on-screen action, and a frightening incident inside a New York theater combined to create an unsettling experience for some moviegoers who went to see Joker on its opening weekend, the AP reports. A young man who was loudly cheering and applauding on-screen murders sent some... More »

Scorsese Slams Marvel Films: 'Not Cinema'

Fans of the genre push back at acclaimed director

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese's new film, The Irishman, is already spurring Oscar buzz , but the director of other classics such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver is taking his time in the spotlight to reveal a movie genre that just doesn't click with him—and that he doesn't... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Joker

Film is unoriginal, though its star impresses

(Newser) - Before its Friday release date, Todd Phillips' Joker took home the the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. It also took a lot of flak from people who feared the origin story of a comic book antihero would glorify angry loners . With the curtain now pulled, critics are offering... More »

Joaquin Phoenix Takes on the Controversy Over Joker

The actor talks about his embrace of the dark side

(Newser) - Joaquin Phoenix has never been shy about going to the dark side. But with critics saying the actor's new movie, Joker , glorifies angry loners—the kind who shoot up movie theaters—he talks to Joe Hagan for Vanity Fair about playing the role and coping with other dark stuff... More »

Director Pushes Back Against 'Far Left' Joker Critics

'Outrage is a commodity'

(Newser) - Joker director Todd Phillips says he's surprised by the backlash to the upcoming movie—and he thinks some of its detractors were just waiting for a target. Some critics have warned that the film glorifies "angry loners" and could inspire mass shooters, with Stephanie Zacherek at Time saying... More »

Hustlers Rakes in the Booty

But it still can't beat 'It: Chapter 2'

(Newser) - It wasn't quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of Hustlers topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office, the AP reports. It: Chapter Two brought in $40.7 million in the US and Canada to keep... More »

Dear Remaining MoviePass Subscribers: Bad News

Service is shut down as of Saturday, with company 'unable to predict if or when' it will return

(Newser) - It looks like MoviePass has officially moved from "the brink of death" to the movie morgue. Variety reports the beleaguered subscription service will shutter, effective as of 8am ET on Saturday, according to an announcement to straggler subscribers from parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics. Why? The firm's... More »

10 Best Movies of the Century

An offering from the creators of 'South Park' makes the cut at the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - The Guardian is out with a list of the 100 best movies of the 21st century so far, and movie buffs might be surprised to see what cracked the top 10—Team America: World Police, the 2004 satire from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. "It’s... More »

What Critics Are Saying About It Chapter Two

It's long, messy, and will 'totally freak you out'

(Newser) - Chaos and red balloons again descend on Derry, Maine, in the closing chapter on the film adaption of Stephen King's It. Set 27 years after the conclusion of part one , Andy Muschietti's It Chapter Two —with a 67% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes —returns to... More »

Richard Linklater to Take 20 Years to Shoot This Film

He'll be 79 when shooting wraps on 'Merrily We Roll Along'

(Newser) - Think Richard Linklater's Oscar-winning film Boyhood , shot over 12 years, was an ambitious undertaking? That's nothing compared to what the 59-year-old director now has in the works. Linklater is planning an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is to be shot over 20... More »

She Made Film History. So Why Is She Mostly Unknown?

A new documentary revives the career of Alice Guy-Blaché

(Newser) - Heard of Alice Guy-Blaché? Don't worry, you're not alone. That's why there's a new documentary about the pre-World War I film pioneer, the Smithsonian reports. Born in 1873, Guy-Blaché directed hundreds of movies and was among the first to use synchronized sound, close-ups, and hand-tinted... More »

Stan Lee's Daughter Picks a Side in Sony-Marvel Spat

It's not with Marvel

(Newser) - Fans of Spider-Man are spinning over the news that their favorite hero may be out of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a financial dispute—though Stan Lee's daughter thinks it might be for the best. Deadline broke the story Tuesday, but understanding what has allegedly transpired means... More »

Mad Men Star Confesses 20-Year-Old Secret

It was Christina Hendricks' perfectly manicured hand on a famous 'American Beauty' poster

(Newser) - Christina Hendricks has long been lauded for both her acting skills and her beauty, including her "perfect complexion, shiny red hair, [and] pouty lips," but now there's another body part for which she can claim bragging rights. People reports on a surprise revelation made Thursday by the... More »

Studio Confirms Matrix 4

Keanu Reeves will return as Neo

(Newser) - If you have déjà vu after hearing about another sequel to The Matrix, it's not a glitch—Warner Bros. has confirmed that a fourth installment is being produced, 20 years after the original sci-fi hit and 16 years after the first and second sequels. Lana Wachowski, who wrote,... More »

What the Critics Think About Good Boys

R-rated flick manages to be both sweet and funny

(Newser) - A trio of innocent sixth-graders (Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon) have a lot to learn before they attend their first kissing party in Good Boys . The R-rated flick from writers of The Office, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky—the latter also directing—and producers Seth Rogen and Evan... More »

Critics Really Do Not Like The Kitchen

Manohla Dargis calls it 'an offense against feminism'

(Newser) - When their mobster husbands are sent to prison, three wives (Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss) must find a way to make ends meet—even if it means taking on the mafia—in The Kitchen . Don't worry if you can't take the heat. There isn't much of... More »

Here's What Critics Are Saying About Furious Spinoff

Like stupid movies? You just might like 'Hobbs & Shaw'

(Newser) - "We're gonna need cars and guns." What else would you expect from the first Fast & Furious spinoff? Behind the wheel of David Leitch's Hobbs & Shaw are Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs) and Jason Statham (Shaw), who first did battle in 2015's Furious 7 . Here, the... More »

Tarantino Tops His Career Best

But 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' can't touch 'The Lion King'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino topped his personal-best weekend debut with the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—but the R-rated movie still lagged far behind Jon Favreau's remake of The Lion King, per the Hollywood Reporter . The animated blockbuster added $75 million at home, holding onto first place ahead... More »

What Critics Think About Tarantino's Latest

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is getting mostly strong reviews, as is DiCaprio

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino plays revisionist history in his supposedly penultimate feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , which has an impressive 89% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Set over three days in 1969, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino puts a fairy-tale spin on... More »

Co-Stars Speak Up About Huffman's Guilt

Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette say she's genuinely remorseful

(Newser) - Felicity Huffman's co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal, the AP reports. Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible about... More »

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