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Peter Travers

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Movie Critic, Rolling Stone Host of ABC's Popcorn

'Masterminds' Review: No Amount of 'SNL' Alumnae Can Save This Mess — Any farce starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig can't be a complete bust. And Masterminds, directed by Jared Hess, of Napoleon Dynamite infamy, gets in its comic licks - just not enough of them. There are enough facts in this script by trio Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, and SNL scribe Emily Spivey to merit the billing, "based on a true story."

'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' Review: Tim Burton Returns — Tim Burton is a wizard of odd. The best of his films take us into a world where anything is possible ... but the impossible is even better. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based on Ransom Rigg's 2011 young-adult novel, is so crowded with incident that it sometimes seems in danger of imploding.

'Deepwater Horizon' Review: Disaster Movie Brings Compassion, Chaos — A salute is in order for Peter Berg - the man can direct a disaster movie like nobody's business. What strengthens Deepwater Horizon and raises the bar on the possibilities of the genre is that the story he tells is honestly and horrifyingly true.

'The Dressmaker' Review: Kate Winslet Returns to Sew Up Loose Ends — Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill. The Dressmaker, based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, gives the actress a hell of a role. She's Tilly Dunnage, a 1950's fashionista who's decided to return home to dusty Dungatar (an apt name), the small Aussie town that spawned her.

'Queen of Katwe' Review: Inspirational Chess Movie's Feel-Good Checkmate — Inspirational can be a dirty word at the movies, suggesting fake uplift and sugary excess. There's none of that in Queen of Katwe, the true story of a preteen chess prodigy from Uganda whose skill and backbone took her out of the village slums and onto a world stage.

'Goat' Review: Welcome to Nick Jonas' Fratboy Nightmare — Nick Jonas, the youngest JoBro - he's 24 - makes good on some promising TV acting ( Kingdom, Scream Queens) with an outstanding performance in Goat, a fact-based fratboy movie it might be helpful to think of as Animal House minus the laughs.

'The Magnificent Seven' Review: Classic, Diversified Western Rides Again — If the sight of Denzel Washington, guns blazing and saddled up for his first western, doesn't get your pulse racing, read elsewhere. Ignore the hot air blowing in from the Toronto Film Festival, where The Magnificent Seven premiered, that suggests Antoine Fuqua's remake starring Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and an ethnically diverse cast, isn't up to snuff.

Falling Down Reviews - Metacritic — A day in the life of a laid-off defense worker, estranged from hiswife and young daughter, and driven beyond frustration in an endless traffic jam. After he abandons his car in the middle of the freeway, he crosses the city on foot, leaving behind him an escalating wake of destruction as his sanity crumbles in the face of contemporary urbanreality.

'Blair Witch' Review: D.O.A. Horror Sequel Loses Its Scares in the Woods — It seems quaint now, and that's a generous word for it. But when The Blair Witch Project debuted in 1999, horror movies felt a seismic jolt. Shot for peanuts ($60,000), the film tracked three film student tracking evil in the Maryland woods with camcorders. The alleged "found footage" showed virtually nothing - and scared us anyway.

'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week' Review: The Fab Four on Tour — No, there's nothing particularly revelatory here. But director Ron Howard, who put together the 2013 Jay-Z concert pic Made in America, catches the exhilarating kick of Beatlemania as the band toured 15 countries from 1963 to 1966.
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Did Emmy just come out of its same old-same old shell and start awarding newbies? Yay, Louie Anderson and Kate McKinnon

Apr 24, 2016

w mystery maestro Harlan Coben,his bestselling'Fool Me Once' is as good as it gets.Julia Roberts optioned it 4 film

Mar 18, 2016

Sarah Paulson, Emmy bound as Marcia Clark, can push my Popcorn bucket around anytime. 

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