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3rd Time Not the Charm for Tomb Raider

'There's nothing here we haven't seen before,' says Adam Graham

(Newser) - Fifteen years after Angelina Jolie last took on the role, Lara Croft gets a fresh face. In Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider , Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays the daughter of a missing adventurer who falls into a world of trouble on a remote Pacific island while trying to trace... More »

Wrinkle in Time May Not Be Worth Yours

Joe Morgenstern calls big-budget film 'a great disappointment'

(Newser) - More than 50 years after it was written, Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's tale about a girl who hopes to rescue her father from a distant planet, to which he's traveled through a wrinkle in time, is hitting the big screen. What did Ava DuVernay manage with... More »

Red Sparrow May Be Too Bloody for Its Own Good

Despite a valiant performance from Jennifer Lawrence

(Newser) - After a career-ending injury, Russian ballerina Dominika becomes a seductive spy in Red Sparrow , a Francis Lawrence-directed film based on Jason Matthews' novel. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, it's a bloody affair that might not be worth its 2.5-hour run time, based on what critics are saying. It had a... More »

Prepare to Be 'Shellshocked' by Annihilation

One critic labels it 'an emotional and mental tightrope'

(Newser) - Often diverging from the Jeff VanderMeer novel that inspired it, Annihilation from writer-director Alex Garland sees five female specialists set out to explore something akin to a force field that has appeared in Florida. Only one man has escaped it, and he's, well, rattled. You might be, too, after... More »

The Hype Is Real: Black Panther Is Fantastic

'One of the best times I've had at the movies this decade,' says Richard Roeper

(Newser) - Black Panther , directed by Ryan Coogler, has been hyped as one of the first superhero films to feature a predominantly black cast. It's those actors—led by Chadwick Boseman as leader of the African kingdom of Wakanda—who ensure the film only exceeds expectations, according to critics, who... More »

Fifty Shades Finale Is Not Being Treated Kindly

Dialogue is 'outright laughable,' says one critic

(Newser) - The phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is going out the same way it came in to movie theaters : with a snore, according to critics. They've given the third and final installment of the film series a lousy 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , complaining mainly about a lack... More »

Call Me By Your Name Called a 'Masterpiece'

Timothee Chalamet shines alongside Armie Hammer

(Newser) - Call Me By Your Name takes viewers to northern Italy in the summer of 1983, where 17-year-old Elio (recent Golden Globe nominee Timothee Chalamet) meets 24-year-old American graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) and, well, things heat up. The film by Luca Guadagnino, adapted from the novel by Andre Aciman,... More »

Paddington 2 Is Getting Crazy Good Reviews

It's 'completely delightful,' says one critic

(Newser) - Since 2014's Paddington , the cuddly bear has settled into his new home with the Brown family in London, but his adventures are by no means over. In Paddington 2 , he gets a job so he can buy a rare book for his aunt but is wrongly imprisoned for its... More »

Molly's Game Is Classic Sorkin

Jessica Chastain's performance generates Oscar buzz

(Newser) - Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut in Molly's Game , derived from Molly Bloom's tell-all book of the same name. It chronicles the real-life events surrounding Bloom's weekly high-stakes poker game frequented by celebrities before it was busted by the FBI. Critics give the film starring Jessica Chastain... More »

Day-Lewis Goes Out on a High Note

Actor 'gives it his all' in 'Phantom Thread' romance

(Newser) - If Phantom Thread is indeed Daniel Day-Lewis' last film , the actor is going out on a high note. Working with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, he plays 1950s London fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock, who gets more than he bargains for in a waitress-turned-muse. Here's what critics are saying:
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The Post Has Serious Theme, but Is 'Highly Entertaining'

Movie chronicles publication of the Pentagon Papers

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg signed on to The Post in March. Just nine months later, the film chronicling the Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is hitting theaters at what some critics argue is the perfect time. It has a solid 85% "fresh" rating from critics at... More »

The Last Jedi Is the Best Star Wars Flick Since Empire

One critic calls it 'simply stupendous'

(Newser) - What is arguably the most anticipated film of the year has arrived in force. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the first in the series from writer-director Rian Johnson, is sure to kill at the box office regardless of reviews. But Disney will be happy, anyway. Critics say The Last Jedi,... More »

Robbie's Harding Is the 'Performance of a Lifetime'

She's a 'revelation' and 'a powerhouse,' says one reviewer

(Newser) - You may think you know Tonya Harding, the US figure skater whose career was ruined when she was associated with an attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, ahead of the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships. But Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya might convince you otherwise. Presented as a faux documentary,... More »

Franco, Disaster Artist Pull Off an Amazing Feat

They turn 'trash into art'

(Newser) - Determined to make it in Hollywood despite an avalanche of rejections, Tommy Wiseau set out to make a movie of his own. The Room , released in 2003, is arguably one of the worst movies ever made. But the same can't be said of James Franco's The Disaster Artist,... More »

Coco Is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Anthony Gonzalez 'can sing like nobody's business'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy with music in his heart finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead in Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Giving the film a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are singing its praises:
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Three Billboards' McDormand 'Will Blow You Away'

Cue the Oscar buzz for this 'renegade masterpiece'

(Newser) - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a woman who swears a whole lot more than a sailor. She also happens to be grieving over the unsolved murder of her daughter, which prompts her to erect three billboards highlighting what she views as police incompetence. The flick , written... More »

Critics Are Absolutely Dazzled by Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut is getting near unanimous raves

(Newser) - Actress Greta Gerwig makes her solo directorial debut in Lady Bird , a film she wrote based on her experience growing up in Sacramento. But don't expect it to feel like a first attempt. The film following a year in the life of a teenage girl played by Saoirse Ronan,... More »

Clooney's Suburbicon Is 'Tone-Deaf' Failure

Critics call it 'shameful,' 'strikingly bad'

(Newser) - You'd think only good fun could come from George Clooney directing Matt Damon in Suburbicon . Apparently not so. The satire touching on murder, fraud, and also racism in 1950s suburbia has just a 29% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying.
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Critics Have Nothing Warm to Say About The Snowman

Critics pick apart the plot of this 'thrill-free thriller'

(Newser) - The Snowman, a film about a detective on the trail of a serial killer slogging around chilly Norway, is getting, well, a wintry reception. And that's putting it kindly. The Tomas Alfredson-directed film, based on the best-selling novel by Norwegian Jo Nesbo, currently has an abysmal 12% rating from... More »

Blade Runner 2049 Isn't Just a Movie. It's 'High Art'

Critics are raving about this 'original' sequel

(Newser) - Set 30 years after the original Blade Runner, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 finds LAPD cop and blade runner K (Ryan Gosling) on a meandering path that eventually leads to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who's long been in hiding—and hiding a secret. What critics are saying about... More »

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