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Megalopolis Gets 7-Minute Ovation at Cannes

Critics are split on long-awaited Coppola epic

(Newser) - Francis Ford Coppola's epic Megalopolis, more than 40 years in the making , made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday and while reactions were mixed, there was a lot of love for the director. Variety reports that the 85-year-old received a four-minute standing ovation when he entered...

What Critics Think About Dakota Johnson's Spidey Film
The Movie Is Awful, but
Dakota 'Transcends' It
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The Movie Is Awful, but Dakota 'Transcends' It

'Madame Web' is mostly getting savaged in reviews, though not the star herself

(Newser) - The critics do not like Madame Web , the latest entry in the Spider-Man chronicles. This one stars Dakota Johnson as Cassie Web, a little-known character from the Marvel comics. The movie is getting an anemic 13% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes , though fans are more sympathetic at 55%. One point...

Nanjiani: I Sought Therapy After Crappy Film Reviews

'Eternals' star says it was 'very, very tough' to hear criticism of the 2021 Marvel movie

(Newser) - When Kumail Nanjiani shot 2021's Eternals, alongside big names like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Barry Keoghan, he had a blast. "I had the best time doing that movie, and I realized this is how work should feel like," the 45-year-old Silicon Valley star said Tuesday on...

What Critics Think About Clooney's Boys in the Boat
What Critics Think About
Clooney's Boys in the Boat
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What Critics Think About Clooney's Boys in the Boat

They're a wee bit bored, frankly, though audiences appear to love the true-life tale

(Newser) - A new film directed by George Clooney has an interesting dynamic going on—audiences seem to love The Boys in the Boat (with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes ), while critics are underwhelmed (56%). The movie, out Christmas Day, retells the true story of the University of Washington rowing...

What Critics Are Saying About Ridley Scott's Napoleon
What Critics Are Saying
About Ridley Scott's Napoleon
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What Critics Are Saying About Ridley Scott's Napoleon

One critic finds Joaquin Phoenix riveting, another 'expressionless'

(Newser) - From the beheading of Marie Antoinette through the Reign of Terror and on to the Battle of Waterloo, Ridley Scott's Napoleon , hitting theaters Thursday before heading to Apple TV+, charts the dramatic rise of French military commander and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who is often regarded as a military genius....

A Star Is Born in Hunger Games Prequel
A Star Is Born in
Hunger Games Prequel
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A Star Is Born in Hunger Games Prequel

Tom Blyth impresses as a young Coriolanus Snow, opposite Rachel Zegler's tribute

(Newser) - Sixty-four years before Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games, marking the beginning of the end for Panem President Coriolanus Snow, a teenage "Corio" is assigned to mentor another District 12 tribute in the 10th Hunger Games. His subsequent rise to power is told in...

What Critics Are Saying About Martin Scorsese's Latest
DiCaprio Is the Star,
but She Is a 'Revelation'
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DiCaprio Is the Star, but She Is a 'Revelation'

Martin Scorsese's latest is getting strong reviews, as is Lily Gladstone

(Newser) - One of the most highly anticipated movies in a while is out, and Killers of the Flower Moon was apparently worth the wait. Director Martin Scorsese reunites with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to tell the story of the 1920s murders of members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma....

Critics Really Don't Like Latest Big Fat Greek Wedding
Movie Isn't So Entertaining,
but the Reviews Are
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Movie Isn't So Entertaining, but the Reviews Are

Critics don't much like 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3'

(Newser) - Another My Big Fat Greek Wedding is upon us, this one the third in the movie series. Star Nia Vardolos (Toula Portokalos) also writes and directs, and familiar faces are back, including John Corbett (as Ian Miller). The problem is that most critics wish this installment stayed on the drawing...

Haunted Mansion : a Disney Cash-In Without Heart
Haunted Mansion:
a Disney Cash-In
Without Heart
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Haunted Mansion: a Disney Cash-In Without Heart

It 'ultimately exists to sell more tickets to Disney World,' writes one critic

(Newser) - Inspired by Disney's theme-park attraction of the same name, Haunted Mansion , a remake of the 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy, sees a single mother (Rosario Dawson) take ownership of a home occupied by various ghosts, which she attempts to banish with help from a medium (Tiffany Haddish), a priest...

What Critics Are Saying About Oppenheimer
What Critics Are Saying
About Oppenheimer
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What Critics Are Saying About Oppenheimer

It's 'a new film classic,' with standout performances from a few

(Newser) - You may know of J. Robert Oppenheimer as the father of the atomic bomb. But that's only one part of the theoretical physicist's story, told in an epic way in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer , out Friday. Based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherman's 2005 biography American ...

What Critics Are Saying About Barbie
What Critics Are
Saying About Barbie
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What Critics Are Saying About Barbie

It's 'sparklingly original summer entertainment' and 'a feast for the eyes and ears'

(Newser) - For Stereotypical Barbie (Margot Robbie), every day in Barbie Land is perfect, with the many Barbie versions living in matriarchal harmony. Then her continually arched feet go flat and she starts having thoughts about death. That sets her on a path to the Real World, where she learns that, unlike...

For Ford's Indy, a 'Satisfying Goodbye'
For Ford's Indy,
a 'Satisfying Goodbye'
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For Ford's Indy, a 'Satisfying Goodbye'

At 80, this 'top-notch action hero' can still 'run away with a movie'

(Newser) - For the fifth and apparently final time, Harrison Ford cracks the whip as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny , which jumps across time, following the iconic adventure hero as he chases a time-shifting artifact. At times digitally de-aged, Ford's Indy still manages to wow critics....

The Teen Sex Comedy Is Back
The Teen Sex Comedy Is Back
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The Teen Sex Comedy Is Back

Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman pair well in flick offering 'new twists' to the genre

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence says she's never read a funnier screenplay than the one for No Hard Feelings , Gene Stupnitsky's new R-rated comedy in which she stars as a broke woman who agrees to date an awkward and naive 19-year-old piano prodigy (Andrew Barth Feldman's character, Percy) in exchange...

It's 'the Rare Sequel That Dazzles as Much as the Original'
New Spider-Man Flick
a 'Classic' That 'Dazzles'
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New Spider-Man Flick a 'Classic' That 'Dazzles'

Artful 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' wins over audiences, critics alike

(Newser) - Expectations for the follow-up to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse were sky high, as evidenced by moviegoers flocking to theaters Thursday. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse had "the second best preview night ever for an animated movie" pulling in $16 million from 3,562 theaters, per Deadline . And audiences were not...

BlackBerry Makes 'Geek History' Entertaining
Blackberry Tale Is 'Irresistible'
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Blackberry Tale Is 'Irresistible'

Funny, docudrama-ish movie is about the world's first smartphone

(Newser) - The story of BlackBerry's rise and fall is as irresistible as the so-called CrackBerry was upon its debut in 1996, according to audiences and critics alike, who give the new BlackBerry film 94% and 98% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes respectively. Director and co-writer Matt Johnson also stars as Doug...

Nicolas Cage's Dracula Steals the Show in Renfield
Renfield Is 'Mediocre.'
Nicolas Cage's Dracula Isn't
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Renfield Is 'Mediocre.' Nicolas Cage's Dracula Isn't

He's 'exactly what we wish for': critic

(Newser) - Nicolas Cage is back to his vampire roots . In Chris McKay's Renfield , Cage plays the mighty Dracula, while Nicholas Hoult plays his beleaguered and eponymous servant, whose duties include finding bodies for his boss to feed on. Only Renfield is a bit fed up with this toxic relationship, which...

John Wick 'Goes Out on Top'
New John Wick
Is 'Actually Perfect'
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New John Wick Is 'Actually Perfect'

Critics and fans alike love Keanu Reeves in what may be the series finale

(Newser) - Many more bodies fall in John Wick: Chapter 4 , but is Wick's one of them? That's the question fans need answered as they flock to theaters to see Keanu Reeves' assassin punch, kick, and shoot his way past hoards of pursuers after the multimillion-dollar bounty on his head....

Critics Praise the 'Fabulous Beast' of Cocaine Bear
Cocaine Bear Is a Surprising High
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Cocaine Bear Is a Surprising High

She 'rocks harder than each and every one of the snakes' in 'Snakes on a Plane'

(Newser) - There's an apex predator high on blow terrorizing the woods of Georgia in Elizabeth Banks' Cocaine Bear , which despite its outrageous premise has a warm 72% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Filmed in the early days of the pandemic, the horror-comedy is very loosely based on a 1985...

'Rock-Bottom' Flick Finds Winnie the Pooh Out for Blood
Winnie the Pooh Critics
Are Delightfully Spiteful
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Winnie the Pooh Critics Are Delightfully Spiteful

Critics pan Rhys Frake-Waterfield's depiction of beloved characters as 'lowest-hanging fruit'

(Newser) - Christopher Robin returns from five years of medical school to find the creatures of 100 Acre Wood transformed into blood-thirsty killers, first forced to eat Eeyore to stave off starvation and now bent on vengeance, in Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey . The movie has critics cringing in horror, and...

What Critics Are Saying About 80 for Brady
What Critics Are Saying
About 80 for Brady
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What Critics Are Saying About 80 for Brady

Opinions vary from 'irresistible' to 'without much finesse'

(Newser) - Oscar winners Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field are transformed into Tom Brady superfans in 80 for Brady , Kyle Marvin's comedy about four older women who descend on the 2017 Super Bowl to support their beloved New England Patriots. Audiences are loving the film, loosely based...

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