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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 »

Guardians Is a Sequel Worth Watching

Film is funny, yet also touching: critics

(Newser) - They saved the galaxy once—but can they do it twice? Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper give it a try in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 , the sequel to 2014's much-loved Marvel flick . Are critics as charmed by the playful antics of the Guardians... More »

The Circle Is a 'Missed Opportunity'

Critics find issue with everything from the editing to the characters

(Newser) - Imagine sharing every one of your conversations with the world. A young woman does this voluntarily when she finds a job with a social media corporation bent on erasing privacy in The Circle , an adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2013 novel of the same name. Critics, who give it a 20%... More »

Lost City of Z 'Is a Real Find'

It 'thrums with exotic adventure,' say critics

(Newser) - James Gray's The Lost City of Z (pronounced "zed"), adapted from the book by David Grann, tells the story of real-life explorer Percy Fawcett, who ventured into the Amazon in the early 20th century in search of a fabled lost civilization and its reported riches. According to... More »

Fate of the Furious Is Action-Packed Absurdity

It's 'stupid,' yet 'wildly entertaining,' say critics

(Newser) - Once, there was a "family" of car enthusiasts working out of a dirty garage. Now, that family must stop an evil hacker who's enlisted one of their own in a plot for world domination. Oh, how things change. Here's what critics are saying about The Fate of ... More »

For Some, Ghost in the Shell Just Doesn't Compute

Though Scarlett Johansson's acting is mostly getting raves

(Newser) - Rupert Sanders' live-action Ghost in the Shell —a remake of the Japanese animated film of the same name, based on manga—follows a cyborg named Major. Tasked with beating up terrorists for a government task force, she slowly begins to uncover her true identity. Here's what critics are... More »

Beauty and the Beast: 'Less Magical' but Entertaining

Disney's live-action remake is in theaters

(Newser) - Disney's original Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. In other words, its live-action remake starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens has a tough act to follow. According to critics, it's good—but doesn't quite measure up to... More »

The Latest King Kong Is Worthy of the Legend

You're in for 'shocking violence,' 'great fun'

(Newser) - A team sets out to explore a mysterious island in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and soon discovers the fist of a massive monkey in Kong: Skull Island . It might be a familiar story, but critics are mostly applauding Jordan Vogt-Roberts' telling. Here's what they’re saying:
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This Is Not Your Typical Superhero Movie

Hugh Jackman's latest turn as Wolverine is fantastic in 'Logan'

(Newser) - After 17 years as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is apparently calling it quits. If so, critics love his finale. In Logan , Wolverine believes himself to be one of the world's last remaining mutants. Then he meets a mute girl with claws just like him. Here's what critics are saying:... More »

Get Out Is Receiving Insanely Great Reviews

Jordan Peele flick has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - A young black man ventures to white suburbia to meet his girlfriend's parents but soon realizes he better Get Out in the first feature film from director Jordan Peele of comedic duo Key & Peele. (He also wrote the script.) The satirical horror film with its fair share... More »

The Great Wall Isn't Even Good

The Matt Damon film is a mess, though it is pretty: critics

(Newser) - Movie executives surely thought The Great Wall —a $135 million film shot entirely in China but starring American actor Matt Damon—had the potential to be a blockbuster in both the Chinese and North American markets. Unfortunately, they may have overlooked the fact that the movie about warriors and... More »

John Wick's Return Is a 'Wicked Blast'

'Chapter 2' is bloody yet beautiful, say critics

(Newser) - In his first hurrah , John Wick managed to kill an incredible 84 people . You can expect the count to rise in John Wick: Chapter 2 , hailed as beautiful despite all the blood. Wick, an assassin played by Keanu Reeves, embarks on a final mission but ends up with a $7... More »

Controversy or Not, A Dog's Purpose Is 'Dreck'

It's 'a sappy, cloying story,' say critics

(Newser) - How can you hate a heartwarming film with adorable dogs? Apparently it's possible. A Dog's Purpose , Lasse Hallström's flick about a dog reincarnated each time he dies, isn't wagging critics' tails. Here's what they're saying:
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Patriots Day Is 'Thoughtful' Yet 'Unnecessary'

It 'gets the job done' for the most part

(Newser) - Less than four years after the real-life event, director Peter Berg has brought us Hollywood's version of the Boston Marathon bombing with Patriots Day , centering on a fictional Boston police sergeant (Mark Wahlberg) whose experiences are based on the real ones of several people. Here's what critics are... More »

Taraji P. Henson Gives 'Performance of a Lifetime'

Critics say 'Hidden Figures' is 'dazzling'

(Newser) - After a limited release , Hidden Figures is hitting theaters nationwide to tell the tale of three black female mathematicians (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe) breaking barriers at NASA in the 1960s. Based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, the... More »

Poetic Paterson Is a 'Small Miracle'

Jim Jarmusch's flick is 'wonderfully serene,' says critic

(Newser) - Squeezing into 2016 with hardly any time to spare is one of the year's best films, according to critics. Jim Jarmusch's Paterson follows a week in the very routine life of a bus driver and closet poet named Paterson, who happens to live in Paterson, NJ. The flick... More »

Passengers 'Isn't Worth the Trip'

It could have been great, but took the easy way out: critics

(Newser) - The premise: Two humans awake from hibernation 90 years too early on a spaceship that's supposed to be taking them and thousands of others to a new planet. The reaction: No, thank you. Here's what critics are saying about Passengers :
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There's 'a New Hope' for Star Wars Franchise

Action-packed 'Rogue One' is 'a story worth telling'

(Newser) - Ever wonder how the Rebel Alliance got the blueprints that revealed that fatal flaw in the Death Star? No? Well, Rogue One will fill you in, anyway. Here's what critics are saying about the Star Wars spinoff, actually a kind of prequel to 1977's A New Hope:
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Late Arrival La La Land Is the 'Movie of the Year'

Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling are 'dazzling'

(Newser) - Apparently the third time's the charm for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. After starring together in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, they're wowing audiences in Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, which has a 95% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they'... More »

Natalie Portman 'Will Floor You' as Jackie

'One of the year's best' films, say critics

(Newser) - The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a story we know well. But in Jackie , director Pablo Larrain focuses almost solely on his wife and how she shaped the Kennedy legacy on her own. Here's what critics are saying:
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