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Critics Weigh In: What Movie to See This Weekend?

26 December 2014 9:33 AM, PST

Trying to decide which of the many new releases you should see this weekend? A smattering of critical thoughts on the biggest of them: The Interview: Now that it's available to watch, is it worth it? Well, it has a not-awful-but-also-not-great 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , and a similarly lukewarm score of 51 on Metacritic . Among the praise: It's " shocking and novel," " bluntly funny and ever-so-slightly sweet." But some critics warn that it "fails to live up to the hype" and is "bereft of satiric zing," with one warning , "The more desperately a comedy tries to be outrageous, the less »

- Evann Gastaldo

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How 7 Celebs Got Their Famous Scars

26 December 2014 7:32 AM, PST

Ever wondered how a famous actor or actress got their famous scar? The New York Post rounds up 14 stories-behind-the-scars: Tina Fey was just 5 when a stranger approached her in her front yard and cut her left cheek with a knife, leaving her with a visible scar. Harrison Ford crashed his car into a telephone pole in 1964, slamming his face into the steering wheel and walking away with a permanent chin scar. Sharon Stone was riding a horse as a kid when she ran into a taut cord and sliced her neck. The resulting scar is allegedly one »

- Evann Gastaldo

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Jolie's Unbroken Comes Up Short

25 December 2014 8:04 AM, PST

Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort is Unbroken , a much-hyped adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book . It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Italian-American who, as Richard Corliss writes in Time , "lived three lives before he was 30": He competed in the 1936 Olympics, was stranded on a raft for weeks after his B-24 crashed in the Pacific during World War II, and then was tortured as a prisoner of war in Japan. Critics aren't exactly blown away by the movie: "Zamperini’s life story is genuinely inspirational, but the movie seems fashioned as a standard-issue profile in courage," writes Peter »

- Matt Cantor

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Reese's Divorce Did Hurt Her Career

24 December 2014 8:36 AM, PST

Reese Witherspoon recently told 60 Minutes that after she and Ryan Phillippe divorced in 2006, her career suffered. "I spent a few years just trying to feel better," she said. "You can’t really be very creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs." So Vocativ went ahead and crunched the numbers, ultimately discovering Witherspoon was right: She received 1.9 major award nominations per film during her first marriage and has so far received one nomination per film during her second marriage (to Jim Toth). Compare that to 0.75 per film between marriages. Her films' average scores »

- Evann Gastaldo

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