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Carell Brings His 'A Game' in Battle of the Sexes

The film is timely and 'earnestly entertaining,' critics say

(Newser) - Battle of the Sexes takes viewers back to 1973 and the Houston Astrodome, the setting of the famous exhibition tennis match between feminist icon Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), then 29, and chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), then 55. As viewers learn, the game wasn't the only thing... More »

Ken Burns' Vietnam War Is 'Required Viewing'

Critic calls 18-hour series a 'masterpiece'

(Newser) - A decade in the making, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary series, The Vietnam War, premieres on PBS Sunday, but it's already gaining quite the reputation among critics. The 18-hour documentary, told in 10 episodes, digs deep into the conflict, meshing first-person interviews with historical footage. Then it... More »

Mother! 'Will Get Under Your Skin'

Jennifer Lawrence is 'truly stunning' in 'assaultive' film

(Newser) - Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Mother! Is a descent into chaos, told through the eyes of a woman whose home, which she shares with her poet husband, is invaded by various guests. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer, the film has an audience score of 53%... More »

He's Back: Evil Clown of It Will Give You Shivers

Pennywise is scarier than ever. Worse, he's kind of smart

(Newser) - If the 1990 miniseries based on Stephen King's It didn't convince you to stay well away from storm drains and red balloons, Andy Muschietti's latest telling of the tale just might. It —part one of two, to be released at a later date—follows a group... More »

Daniel Craig Is 'Genius' in Logan Lucky

'It's like we're seeing him for the first time,' says one critic

(Newser) - Before he returns to the screen as James Bond , Daniel Craig can be seen in Logan Lucky alongside a star-studded cast of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, and more. The film follows three Logan siblings from West Virginia as they attempt to rob... More »

Annabelle: Creation Might Just 'Scare Your Pants Off'

' The Conjuring' spinoff includes 'blood-curdling' third act

(Newser) - The creepy doll that frightened in The Conjuring (2013) and Annabelle (2014) is back in a prequel to a prequel, in which viewers meet the toy maker who created her. When tragedy strikes, Annabelle is locked away in a room in his California home—until curious orphans discover her. Critics... More »

'Imperfect' Detroit Makes for 'Urgent Viewing'

Expect 'stomach-churning horror'

(Newser) - Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit tells the story of a black singer who takes refuge in a dingy motel to escape the 1967 Motor City riots. Based on real events, the film reunites Bigelow with screenwriter Mark Boal, both of the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. It's got a strong... More »

The Emoji Movie: 'A Force of Insidious Evil'

The new animated film is getting absolutely destroyed by critics

(Newser) - With a 3% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes , reviews of The Emoji Movie could have consisted of repeated strings of the vomiting emoji, thumbs-down emoji, and poop emoji. Fortunately for fans of brutal critical drubbings, film critics had to use words (despite the film's position that "words... More »

Action Fans Will Drool Over Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is a 'stone-cold badass'

(Newser) - An MI6 spy travels to 1989 Berlin to track down a list naming every undercover agent in the city in David Leitch's Atomic Blonde , based on the graphic novel series The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, Sam Hart, and Steven Perkins. Violence, sex, and more violence ensues. Here's... More »

Planet of the Apes Trilogy Delivers 'Epic' Finale

It's 'the summer's best sequel,' says one critic

(Newser) - The most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy started with a bang . It's going out the same way. Critics are raving about War for the Planet of the Apes , directed and co-written by Matt Reeves; it currently has an impressive 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they'... More »

Netflix Film About Anorexia Sparks Debate

Some say 'To the Bone' is important, others call it harmful

(Newser) - Director Marti Noxon has been open about her past struggles with eating disorders and says she hopes her new film starring Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman suffering from anorexia, will "serve as a conversation starter about an issue that's too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions,... More »

A 'High Point' in Summer Movies: Spider-Man

Tom Holland's Peter Parker gets high praise from critics

(Newser) - Critics had high hopes for Tom Holland's Spider-Man after an appearance in last year's Captain America: Civil War. But can he handle a movie all his own? Apparently, yes. Critics have given Spider-Man: Homecoming a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , noting sometimes basic is just better. More:
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You Should Probably See Baby Driver

'One of the most entertaining thrill rides of this year, this decade. This century'

(Newser) - With a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , it's safe to say that Baby Driver was worth the many years director Edgar Wright put into crafting it. The film focuses on the best getaway driver in Atlanta, who goes by Baby, and happens to want to leave his life of... More »

Actor's Real-Life Love Story Shines on Screen

Kumail Nanjiani stars as himself in 'The Big Sick'

(Newser) - Kumail Nanjiani has appeared in plenty of movies and TV shows, but his latest project finds him for the first time as both main character and the actor playing him. Nanjiani stars in The Big Sick , which tells the true story of how the Pakistan-born Muslim courted his wife, a... More »

Heading to See Rough Night? Expect Just That

It's 'excruciating,' says one critic

(Newser) - A mostly female cast gathers for director Lucia Aniello's Rough Night , which reveals just how bad a bachelorette weekend with college friends can get, especially when male strippers are involved. If this plot seems a bit tired to you, you're not alone. The movie has a lackluster approval... More »

Universal Kicks Off New Franchise With a Bomb

The Mummy is 'a monster fail,' say critics

(Newser) - The Mummy marks a return to the past and a nod to the future for Universal: Taking inspiration from its 1932 and 1999 films of the same name, it's the first installment of a new "Dark Universe" franchise that is set to include flicks like Jekyll & Hyde ... More »

Wonder Woman Gets It Right

Gal Gadot wows for DC Comics: critics

(Newser) - When an American pilot falls out of the sky onto an island inhabited by female warriors, an Amazonian princess gets pulled into World War I, convinced she can stop it. It helps that she has badass fighting skills. Oh, and superpowers. Here's what critics are saying about DC Comics'... More »

Too Bad No One Could Save Baywatch

'Did it have to be this inane?'

(Newser) - Apparently Baywatch should have stayed off the big screen. Though audiences appear to mildly enjoy director Seth Gordon's big-screen revamp, giving it a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are drowning it in bad reviews for a 19% rating. Here's what they're saying:
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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 »

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