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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 »

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 »

What Critics Are Saying About Downton Abbey

They like it, and fans like it even more

(Newser) - Downton Abbey fans waiting for the movie to drop probably wouldn't stay away even if the reviews were bad. Now that it's officially released, they'll be happy to know that the reviews are rock solid—the movie has an 84% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Not surprisingly,... More »

What the Critics Are Saying About Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu getting lots of praise

(Newser) - The female-centric crime movie The Kitchen bombed with critics . Not so Hustlers , starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as strippers who set out to rip off their rich clientele. The film has a 90% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes , with both the cast—plus writer/director Lorene Scafaria—and the story... 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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

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