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'What's the Point?': 4 Takes on The Lion King

Some critics left disappointed with lack of originality

(Newser) - It's finally here and, apparently, fails to measure up. Disney's photorealistic remake of The Lion King —with Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa (as in 1994), Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar—has just... More »

'I Laughed More Than I Winced'

Don't expect too much from 'Stuber,' and you'll be fine

(Newser) - A detective walks out of Lasik eye surgery and into a tip on a murderous drug dealer, forcing him to get an Uber driven by a guy named Stu. So begins Michael Dowse's Stuber , which has a 46% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The good and bad:
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What Critics Are Saying About the New Spider-Man

Reviews are strong for move and star Tom Holland

(Newser) - The new Spider-Man is out, and both the movie ( Far From Home ) and its star, Brit Tom Holland, are getting strong reviews. (That's also true for Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio.) The premise is that Peter Parker goes to Europe with friends, hoping to get a vacation... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Yesterday

It's decent, but they fault its 'cheap gags' and 'romantic apex'

(Newser) - Hit by a bus during a worldwide blackout, a struggling singer-songwriter awakes to a world in which the Beatles never existed and so steals the band’s material for his own. That’s the premise of Yesterday , which has audiences dancing. They give the film a 91% rating on Rotten... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Toy Story 4

It's got a 98% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Cowboy doll Woody tries to wrangle a handmade toy in the midst of an existential crisis in Toy Story 4 , which takes a deep dive into how society shapes us. The first feature film from director Josh Cooley, it has a 98% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , though several... More »

What Critics Think About Mindy Kaling's Movie

'Late Night' shines spotlight on 'tangled ideologies of modern feminism'

(Newser) - Office alum Mindy Kaling pulls from personal experience in her script for Late Night , the story of TV host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), whose world is rocked by a "diversity hire" on the writing staff—Kaling's Molly Patel. The flick has a 77% rating from critics on Rotten... More »

The Elton John Biopic Is Out. What Critics Are Saying

Most are impressed as Taron Egerton channels the singer in 'Rocketman'

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with Elton John's five-decade-spanning career should expect a wild ride in Rocketman . That's exactly what director Dexter Fletcher delivers, according to critics, who've given the film a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Most are applauding star Taron Egerton, whose own voice you'll hear throughout.... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Booksmart

Everybody loves it

(Newser) - It's not often you see a Rotten Tomatoes critics score as high as 99%. But that's exactly what Olivia Wilde has achieved with her feature directorial debut, Booksmart . The R-rated film tells of brainiac best friends Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who attempt to cram four... More »

Who Knew a 'Festival of Death' Could Be So Beautiful?

John Wick 3 'elevates violent action to an art form'

(Newser) - At one point, John Wick uses both a gun and a massive sword to fend off a gang of attackers while on a speeding motorcycle—a slight upgrade from the horse he was previously riding. You should expect nothing less from Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum... More »

4 Killer Slams of New Anne Hathaway Movie

'It's hard not to wonder why they've made it at all'

(Newser) - Chris Addison impressed in directing numerous episodes of Veep. Not so in his feature film directorial debut, The Hustle , facing an abysmal 16% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as rival con artists in a gender-switch remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, itself... More »

Long Shot Isn't Your Typical Rom-Com

Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron getting good reviews in rom-com

(Newser) - A firebrand journalist bumps into his former babysitter, the US secretary of state and a soon-to-be presidential candidate, to kick off Jonathan Levine's Long Shot . The romantic comedy is not at all a long shot with critics, who give the film starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen a solid... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Avengers Finale

It's 'the most fulfilling' Marvel flick yet, according to one

(Newser) - How do superheroes bounce back after seeing half of the universe's creatures destroyed? With a focus on family, and a much needed dose of humor, according to critics, who give Avengers: Endgame a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Set five years after the events of 2018's Infinity War... More »

What Critics Think of Hellboy

In short, not much. But audiences disagree

(Newser) - Audiences seem fond of Hellboy , giving the half-demon superhero's origin story a decent 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Movie critics, however, offer up a dismal 12% rating, wishing for a return of director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman of the first two Hellboy features. Here, Perlman is... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Shazam!

It's fun and funny, and the reviews are pretty strong

(Newser) - Shazam! indeed. The latest film in the DC Comics universe is a smash with critics, who are as taken with the acting as they are with the laughs. The movie currently has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Four takes on David F. Sandberg's work, offering an origin... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Tim Burton's Dumbo

Disney reboot getting so-so ratings, though one critic likes that it's 'fascinatingly weird'

(Newser) - Dumbo the elephant flies high. Dumbo the movie not so much, according to a 53% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . But, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Four takes on Tim Burton's live-action reboot of the 1941 Disney animated classic, set in the American... More »

Brie Larson Is 'Sublime' as Captain Marvel —but 'Too Late'?

21st Avengers film full of twists, humor

(Newser) - Marvel is out with its first Avengers movie based around a woman. Captain Marvel , opening on International Women's Day, stars Brie Larson as a warrior of the Kree civilization who, when suddenly deposited on Earth, must unlock the secrets of her past. The film from directors Anna Boden and... More »

'You Won't Believe Your Eyes' in They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson's documentary offers 'haunting' look at WWI

(Newser) - "Haunting," "heartbreaking," and "honest," are just a few words being used to describe They Shall Not Grow Old , Peter Jackson's documentary compiled from century-old World War I footage. For 21st-century audiences, Jackson adds 3D technology, color, and soldiers' voices to give the scenes... More »

Razzies Get Political This Year

Trump nominated twice, while Ferrell and Reilly's 'Holmes & Watson' gets 6

(Newser) - Anyone who follows movie reviews will probably not be surprised to learn that Holmes & Watson is among the movies leading the way in this year's Razzie nominations, the anti-Oscars given for worst performances. Critics savaged the Sherlock Holmes flick starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Raunchy puppet... More »

'Worst Movie of 2019! Boom! Try to Top That!'

Critics hate M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass,' but audiences seem to disagree

(Newser) - Audiences seem to like Glass , the finale to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable horror series, giving it a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes —some consolation for the 35% rating from critics. They have little love for the follow-up to 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split , which brings together... More »

What Critics Are Saying About the RBG Movie

'On the Basis of Sex' too formulaic for some

(Newser) - Felicity Jones is the Notorious RBG in On the Basis of Sex , a Mimi Leder-directed release recounting Ruth Bader Ginsberg's push for gender equality during the early part of her law career. Though the film—written by Ginsburg's own nephew, Daniel Stiepleman—has a decent 71% critic rating... More »

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