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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
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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
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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
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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'
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'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...

Morbius Is a Bit Anemic
What Critics Are Saying
About Jared Leto's Latest
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What Critics Are Saying About Jared Leto's Latest

Vampire film 'Morbius' is like the 'work of a cinematic Dr. Frankenstein'

(Newser) - Blood of various kinds plays a big role in Morbius, but many critics say the latest addition to Sony's Spider-Man Universe is definitely on the anemic side. Jared Leto stars as the title character, a "living vampire" whose efforts to cure his rare blood disease with bioscience leave...

What Critics Are Saying About The Lost City
Bullock, Tatum, Pitt:
It's Forgettable Fun
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Bullock, Tatum, Pitt: It's Forgettable Fun

Critics are mostly amused by 'The Lost City'

(Newser) - Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Brad Pitt join up for The Lost City , a rework of the 1984 adventure Romancing the Stone, in theaters Friday. From directors Aaron and Adam Nee, the film follows a novelist (Bullock) kidnapped by a billionaire (Radcliffe) who thinks she can lead him...

Critics Weigh In on Our New Batman
Critics Weigh In
on Our New Batman
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Critics Weigh In on Our New Batman

Robert Pattinson is 'brooding perfection,' says one critic

(Newser) - Lacking many of his later tricks, Bruce Wayne takes on a serial killer and his own doubts about himself in The Batman—Matt Reeves' take on the hero played for the first time by Robert Pattinson. The nearly three-hour running time hasn't turned off critics, who give the film...

Blacklight Is a Lowlight for Neeson
Critics Are Savaging
New Liam Neeson Thriller
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Critics Are Savaging New Liam Neeson Thriller

'Blacklight' has 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Liam Neeson has made some great action movies, but Blacklight definitely isn't one of them, critics say. The thriller, in which Neeson plays an FBI "fixer" who uncovers a government conspiracy, has a lowly 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Critics complain that the movie seems generic, with Neeson...

There's a Feel-Good Vibe to the Jackass Pain
There's a Feel-Good
Vibe to the Jackass Pain
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There's a Feel-Good Vibe to the Jackass Pain

Fourth installment is a hilarious 'protest against maturity': critics

(Newser) - The Jackass crew is older though apparently not much wiser in Jackass Forever , the fourth film in the main series and the first since 2010's Jackass 3D. Johnny Knoxville and Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, now with gray hair, reunite with most of the old crew members plus some newbies—...

What Critics Are Saying About the New Scream
What Critics Are
Saying About
the New Scream
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What Critics Are Saying About the New Scream

It's just what you've come to expect—though 'blunter' and 'bloodier'

(Newser) - Ghostface is back in fictional Woodsboro, Calif.—and on the big screen—in Scream , the latest flick in the long-running horror series and the first not directed by the late Wes Craven. Following 2011's Scream 4 , the film introduces itself as a "requel"—meaning sequel and...

This Is 'By Far the Most Meta Stuff Marvel Has Done'
What Critics Are Saying
About the New Spider-Man
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What Critics Are Saying About the New Spider-Man

General sentiment: It's 'undeniable' fun

(Newser) - Before tuning in to Spider-Man: No Way Home , GamesRadar.com recommends you take in the 2000s Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, the two more recent films starring Andrew Garfield and, in this order, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It'...

Spielberg Lends a Helping Hand to West Side Story
What Critics Think of
Spielberg's First Musical
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What Critics Think of Spielberg's First Musical

'West Side Story' is getting strong reviews

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's first musical is a biggie: Coming 60 years after the first film version, Spielberg's iteration of the classic musical West Side Story alters a few elements, apparently for the better. Starring Rachel Zegler as Maria, the sister of the leader of Puerto Rican gang the Sharks,...

Kidman Is 'Sensational' in Being the Ricardos
Kidman Is 'Sensational'
in Being the Ricardos 
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Kidman Is 'Sensational' in Being the Ricardos

But some critics say biopic feels overstuffed

(Newser) - Critics are split on Being the Ricardos: Some say the biopic, which tells the story of I Love Lucy through one hectic week of production in 1952, is a triumph, while others say writer and director Aaron Sorkin has tried to pack far too much into two hours. But most...

Critics Aren't Going Gaga for House of Gucci
Critics Aren't Going Gaga
for House of Gucci
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Critics Aren't Going Gaga for House of Gucci

One reviewer found it 'curiously drab'

(Newser) - Critics say the new Ridley Scott true-crime drama The House of Gucci looked great on paper, with Lady Gaga starring alongside Jared Leto, Al Pacino, and Jeremy Irons in a sprawling tale of the Italian fashion family's downfall, but many consider the finished product a disappointment. Gaga plays Patrizia...

What Critics Are Saying About Kristen Stewart as Diana
What Critics Are Saying
About Kristen Stewart as Diana
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What Critics Are Saying About Kristen Stewart as Diana

She 'finds new, close-to-the-bone layers in a character we thought we already knew'

(Newser) - Spencer , arriving in theaters this weekend, adds to the many portrayals of Princess Diana, whose story you likely know well. But this portrayal, according to critics, is a standout. Directed by Pablo Larraín (of 2016's Jackie) and starring Kristen Stewart, the film is touted as "a...

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