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What Critics Think About the New Tom Hanks Film

WWII movie 'Greyhound' is getting decent reviews

(Newser) - Tom Hanks sure was busy with Greyhound , the WWII drama about a rookie captain in charge of a convoy of Allied supply ships who battles hordes of Nazi U-boats in his first crossing of the North Atlantic. Hanks stars as Capt. Ernest Krause, but he also produced and wrote the... More »

Jon Stewart's New Film Takes a Beating

One reviewer likens it to 'a stale corn chip trampled into Party-convention carpeting'

(Newser) - Steve Carrell plays a Democratic political consultant hoping to recruit a widowed farmer and retired Marine to run for office in rural Wisconsin in the aftermath of the 2016 election in Jon Stewart's new political satire Irresistible . But the second feature from the writer-director isn't nearly as well-received... More »

5 of the Worst Slams Against Artemis Fowl

'Nothing to see here'

(Newser) - Disney's Artemis Fowl might've kicked off a franchise had the film adaptation of the first two books of Eoin Colfer's children's fantasy series been at all well-received. Instead, the big-budget movie about a 12-year-old son of a criminal mastermind with a lot of secrets has a... More »

Shirley Is 'Prickly,' 'Unnerving'

Moss shines in 'anti-biopic' of horror writer

(Newser) - Critics say an enthralling performance by Elisabeth Moss as horror writer Shirley Jackson is one of the best things about Shirley, which the New York Times describes as a "gothic, feverish anti-biopic." The 1950s-set movie, very loosely based on the reclusive writer's life, begins with a young... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Ben Affleck's Latest

He's getting great reviews for 'The Way Back'

(Newser) - Ben Affleck plays a version of himself in Gavin O'Connor's The Way Back , though the fictional Jack Cunningham is no actor. The alcoholic construction worker is far removed from his years as a high school basketball star when he's asked to coach his old team, in a... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Invisible Man

The movie and star Elisabeth Moss are getting strong reviews

(Newser) - Elisabeth Moss is winning strong reviews in Invisible Man for her role as a young architect trying to escape an abusive relationship with a brilliant scientist (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). The movie itself (directed by Leigh Whannell) also has a strong 92% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes . A sample of what critics... More »

Downey Jr.'s Latest: 'a Calamity for the Ages'

Actor takes flak for his accent in muddled 'Dolittle'

(Newser) - Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, and Octavia Spencer are just some of the Oscar winners and nominees starring in Dolittle , the latest film about an animal doctor sprung from Hugh Lofting's imagination. Just don't expect any Academy Awards here. The film—credited to director... More »

What Critics Are Saying About 1917

'Technical wizardry'

(Newser) - With communications down, two young soldiers embark on a mission to alert British forces of an ambush in Sam Mendes' 1917 . It should be no surprise that the film awarded Golden Globes for best motion picture, drama, and best director following a limited 2019 run has an 89% rating from... More »

10 Best Films of the Decade

Hollywood Reporter makes its picks

(Newser) - It's that of time year, when "best-of" lists proliferate. In this case, Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter has picked not the 10 best films of the year but the 10 best films of the decade. The list:
  1. Carlos (2010)
  2. The Social Network (2010)
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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Is This the Best Film Ever Made by a US Woman?

One critic thinks that of Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'

(Newser) - Director Greta Gerwig keeps making movies adored by critics. Her debut, Lady Bird, received near unanimous thumbs-ups , and the same is true for her adaptation of Little Women . The film starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen as the March sisters has a 96% fresh rating on... More »

5 of the Worst Slams From Reviews of Cats

'My cat could have possibly done better'

(Newser) - The distaste for the first Cats trailer was just a taste of things to come. Critics have taken their claws to the film adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical, featuring A-list stars including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Idris Elba, which has a truly awful 17%... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Rise of Skywalker

'A bot would be able to pull off a more surprising movie'

(Newser) - Some 225 critics have weighed in, deciding the new Star Wars movie is, well, not great. The Rise of Skywalker from director JJ Abrams (The Force Awakens), the ninth and closing episode in the so-called Skywalker Saga, has a 58% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes —a far cry... More »

Critics Call Out Eastwood's 'Misstep' in Richard Jewell

The film about a hatchet job is one itself, writes Jake Coyle

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell is touted as "a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth." With its release Friday, critics have joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in pointing out that the film telling how the government and media painted a hero as... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Dark Waters

Todd Haynes' film with Mark Ruffalo shines in its focus on the facts

(Newser) - Robert Bilott's job is to defend chemical companies—which means there's a lot on the line when the lawyer discovers DuPont has been poisoning folks in Todd Haynes' Dark Waters , based on the true story told in Nathaniel Rich's 2016 feature in New York Times Magazine . Critics... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Knives Out

Expect a blast, and 'one of the best movies of the year'

(Newser) - A mystery novelist's death prompts a whodunit, and a whole lot of suspicion on his own family, in Knives Out from writer-director Rian Johnson. He works with a star cast, including Christopher Plummer (as the novelist Harlan Thrombey), Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Chris Evans. But... More »

What Critics Think About Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers

He's getting Oscar buzz for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

(Newser) - Need a pick-me-up? A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood arrives in theaters Friday with plenty of heart and a near-perfect 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics can't say enough about Tom Hanks' turn as Presbyterian pastor Fred Rogers, who used his long-running PBS show to teach kids how to... More »

What Critics Think About Ford v. Ferrari

Expect a thrill ride

(Newser) - The true story of Ford's effort to show up Ferrari at an epic 24-hour auto race in France in 1966 is retold in Ford v. Ferrari , James Mangold's latest film starring Matt Damon as auto designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as the man he recruits to drive... More »

What Critics Think of Hitler Satire Jojo Rabbit

Director-actor Taika Waititi praised for 'hilarious' turn as the fuhrer

(Newser) - A member of Hitler Youth who counts der Fuhrer as an imaginary friend uncovers a Jewish girl hiding in his house in Jojo Rabbit , a satirical take on Nazi Germany from director Taika Waititi ( Thor: Ragnarok ), who plays Hitler himself. Expect laughs and a lesson, according to critics,... More »

Welcome Scorsese's 'Haunting Masterpiece'

Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino shine in 'The Irishman'

(Newser) - A legendary director joins with a trio of A-list actors in The Irishman , a Netflix film based on a 2004 book in which hitman Frank Sheeran confesses to dozens of killings in his work for the Italian mob—including that of Jimmy Hoffa. Now in theaters and debuting on Netflix... More »

What Critics Think About The Lighthouse

Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson shine in black and white

(Newser) - Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson go toe-to-toe as wickies—read lightkeepers—confined to each other's company over a month-long stint on a remote island in Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse . So what's to love about a black and white film set in the 1800s with only two speaking characters?... More »

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