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Women Talking Is 'a Tour-de-Force in Every Sense'
Women Talking Is a
'Murderer's Row of Talent'
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Women Talking Is a 'Murderer's Row of Talent'

Sarah Polley’s adaptation of Miriam Toews' novel offers an incredible cast, a complicated discussion

(Newser) - Three generations of women from a remote Mennonite community have a matter of hours to decide how to respond to brutal sexual assault denied by the colony's men in Sarah Polley's Women Talking , based on the 2018 novel by Miriam Toews, who also serves as screenwriter of the...

Hanks 'Adds Heart' to A Man Called Otto
How Tom Hanks' Latest
Is Faring With Critics
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How Tom Hanks' Latest Is Faring With Critics

Audiences like 'A Man Called Otto' more

(Newser) - Tom Hanks stars as a widower with a grudge against the world who has his eyes opened by community in A Man Called Otto , based on Hannes Holm's Oscar-nominated 2016 Swedish film A Man Called Ove, which was itself based on Fredrik Backman's 2012 novel of the same...

The New Chucky Is a 'Mean-Girl Machine'
Horror Film M3GAN Gives Us
a New 'Classic Character'
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Horror Film M3GAN Gives Us a New 'Classic Character'

Movie has a 95% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - January is known as a dump month at the theater, with the perception that films released this month are destined for cinematic oblivion. According to critics, Gerard Johnstone's M3GAN , out Friday, is a clear exception. The PG-13 horror film—in which a roboticist (Allison Williams) enlists the help of...

Critics Pan 'One-Note' Whitney Houston Biopic
Critics Pan 'One-Note'
Whitney Houston Biopic
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Critics Pan 'One-Note' Whitney Houston Biopic

Still, star Naomi Ackie wins praise for a 'magnetic' performance

(Newser) - Audiences are loving I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a film tracing Whitney Houston's superstar rise and fall, giving it a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Not so much critics, whose 48% rating officially falls in the "rotten" category. The film from director Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) and screenwriter Anthony...

What Critics Are Saying About Avatar 2
What Critics Are Saying
About Avatar 2
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What Critics Are Saying About Avatar 2

'You don’t feel like you're watching a movie so much as floating in one'

(Newser) - After a 13-year wait, James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water is here. Having lost his human body, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is now a renowned Na'vi warrior and father, whose family—including mate Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) and a human orphan —is forced from the Pandoran...

The Whale Is 'Heavy, Indeed'
The Whale Is 'Heavy, Indeed'
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The Whale Is 'Heavy, Indeed'

Brendan Fraser stars as morbidly obese recluse

(Newser) - Brendan Fraser is being tipped for a best actor Oscar for his performance in The Whale, for which he donned a fatsuit to play Charlie, a morbidly obese English literature teacher whose eating got out of control after the death of his same-sex partner and who never leaves his apartment....

The Fabelmans Is a Spielberg Movie Like No Other
The Fabelmans Is a Spielberg
Movie Like No Other
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The Fabelmans Is a Spielberg Movie Like No Other

'Like life, it is hilarious at times, and pitifully sad at others'

(Newser) - In his long career, Steven Spielberg has taken audiences to many places and times, in movies from Jaws to Jurassic Park, E.T, Saving Private Ryan, and dozens more. Now, in The Fabelmans, the 75-year-old director is taking them somewhere new: The life of Steven Spielberg. The semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film...

What Critics Are Saying About the Black Panther Sequel
What Critics Are Saying About
the Black Panther Sequel
MOVIE REVIEW

What Critics Are Saying About the Black Panther Sequel

It's overstuffed, overlong, and somber, yet moving

(Newser) - The world didn't just lose Chadwick Boseman , Wakanda lost its King T'Challa , and both deaths are felt deeply in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , which lands an 85% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Following T'Challa's death from an unnamed illness, his mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett)...

Radcliffe's 'Zeal for Role' of Weird Al Is Hard to Resist
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Has '2 Aces Up Its Sleeve'
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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Has '2 Aces Up Its Sleeve'

Or so praises one critic

(Newser) - Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a bit wacky. But what else would you expect from the parodist, who co-produced and co-wrote the film along with the director, Eric Appel, who produced a 2010 short that inspired it. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al, Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, and...

Instantly Recognizable Stars Offer 'Instantly Forgettable' Film
Clooney and Roberts'
Reunion Isn't So Memorable
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Clooney and Roberts' Reunion Isn't So Memorable

'Ticket to Paradise' reunites Julia Roberts, George Clooney, for better or worse

(Newser) - In reuniting George Clooney and Julia Roberts for their fifth movie together, Ticket to Paradise aims to resurrect the classic romantic comedy. Bickering exes David and Georgia, 20 years removed from their divorce, join forces to sabotage the wedding of their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), fearing that in marrying a...

Halloween Ends 'More With a Sizzle Than a Bang'
Halloween Ends
With a Thud, Apparently
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Halloween Ends With a Thud, Apparently

One critic calls it 'a fitting farewell to Laurie Strode,' another calls it 'tedious'

(Newser) - Touted as Laurie Strode's last stand against Michael Myers, her slasher enemy of 44 years and 13 movies, Halloween Ends ... with a thud. That's according to critics who give the final installment in the David Gordon Green trilogy based on the original 1978 film a poor 47% rating...

What Critics Are Saying About Hocus Pocus 2
What Critics Are Saying
About Hocus Pocus 2
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What Critics Are Saying About Hocus Pocus 2

Most think the Disney sequel is goofy good fun

(Newser) - Disney Plus is now streaming Hocus Pocus 2 , a sequel to the 1993 original about three witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. The same trio is back, and critics think fans will be pretty happy with the result—provided everyone keeps their expectations in check....

Pinocchio Is Dead Wood
Pinocchio Is Dead Wood
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Pinocchio Is Dead Wood

Critics say live-action remake with Tom Hanks lacks the spark of Disney's 1940 classic

(Newser) - If Pinocchio claimed that Disney's new part live-action, part-animated remake was getting universally positive reviews, his nose would get a lot longer. The Robert Zemeckis-directed movie currently has a score of 31% at Rotten Tomatoes and 41 at Metacritic . Critics—many of them using wood metaphors—say that while...

Jordan Peele's Latest Will 'Blow You Away'
Jordan Peele's Latest
Will 'Blow You Away'
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Jordan Peele's Latest Will 'Blow You Away'

'Nope' is 'consistently surprising,' will leave you 'in awe,' critics say

(Newser) - Jordan Peele's third feature film is Nope, a story of Black horse trainers in Hollywood (siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who, after coming to suspect their father's death might have been caused by aliens lurking around their ranch, hope to make...

It's Netflix's Priciest Flick, Yet 'Should Be Better'
Netflix's Priciest Movie
Is Getting Lousy Reviews
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Netflix's Priciest Movie Is Getting Lousy Reviews

'The Gray Man' takes from other action films, lacks 'a narrative engine,' critics say

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling returns to the big screen for the first time in years in The Gray Man , reportedly the most expensive movie Netflix has ever made. Based on the first in a series of books by Mark Greaney, it follows an off-the-books CIA assassin gone rogue. So did the reported...

What Critics Are Saying About the New Thor
What Critics Think
About the Latest Thor
MOVIE REVIEW

What Critics Think About the Latest Thor

'Love and Thunder' is silly, and not necessarily in a good way

(Newser) - Returning for his fourth titled film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is on "a quest for inner peace" that's interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), whose mission you can surely guess. Enter Thor's ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and ally King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who are called...

What Critics Are Saying About Elvis
What Critics
Are Saying
About Elvis
MOVIE REVIEW

What Critics Are Saying About Elvis

Austin Butler is 'spot on' as Presley in a film with flaws

(Newser) - The king lives— in Austin Butler . The 30-year-old actor effectively transforms in Elvis, director Baz Luhrmann's (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby) musical exploring Elvis Presley's 20-year career and relationship with manager Tom Parker, played here by Tom Hanks. Four takes on the film, with a 81% rating from...

Robot Cat Steals Buzz Lightyear's Show
What Critics Think About
the Buzz Lightyear Movie
MOVIE REVIEW

What Critics Think About the Buzz Lightyear Movie

'Lightyear' is a solid addition to the franchise, but Sox the cat steals the show

(Newser) - Buzz Lightyear breaks out of the Toy Story franchise to showcase the adventure that led to him becoming an action figure in Lightyear , the Disney-Pixar film in theaters Friday. From director and co-writer Angus MacLane, it finds Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans, not Tim Allen) and friends trapped on a...

Here's What Critics Are Saying About Jurassic World Dominion

Reviewers not feeling it for conclusion of 'Jurassic World' trilogy

(Newser) - Audiences are loving Jurassic World Dominion, handing it an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics not so much. Director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow's conclusion of the modern trilogy about humans and dinosaurs inhabiting the same planet—reuniting Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum for the...

Top Gun: Maverick Is a Throwback—and a 'Blast'
'A Textbook Example of
How to Make a Sequel'
MOVIE REVIEW

'A Textbook Example of How to Make a Sequel'

Critics praise visuals, nostalgia of 'Top Gun: Maverick'

(Newser) - The praise for Top Gun: Maverick has not let up. The sequel to Tony Scott's 1986 classic, out Friday, drew rave reviews at CinemaCon and now has a 96% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Audiences are even happier, at 99%. Still harboring a streak of rebellion, Navy pilot...

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