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Prometheus Receives Mixed Reviews
Prometheus Receives Mixed Reviews

Ridley Scott’s new movie, Prometheus, has been receiving some mixed reviews.

Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated Prometheus received its premiere and press screenings yesterday, and the reviews for the film have been a little mixed, although generally positive.

There have been no outright slatings of Scott’s return to the world he created in Alien, but not everyone has been completely impressed or satisfied by the new movie.

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw said, “Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate – but less interesting. In place of scariness there is wonderment; in place of tension there is hugely ambitious design; in place of unforgettable shocks there are reminders of the original’s unforgettable shocks. There are also some shrewd and witty touches, and one terrifically creepy performance from Michael Fassbender, who steals the film with the chilling, parasitic relentlessness of that first gut-bound alien.”

The Hollywood Reporter had Todd McCarthy calling it, “A visual feast of a  sci-fi movie… Technically, Prometheus is magnificent. Shot in 3D but without the director taking the process into account in his conceptions or execution, the film absorbs and uses the process seamlessly…”

The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin summed up his opinion on Twitter, posting, “Prometheus is, um, absolutely nuts. Not perfect by a stretch but there are ideas here you wouldn’t expect a studio to touch with a 10ft pole.”

The movie also stars The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce.

Amy Winehouse: ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ receives negative early reviews
Amy Winehouse: ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ receives negative early reviews

Some material on Amy Winehouse's posthumous album 'would probably never have seen the light of day had the artist lived', writes Alexis Petridi for The Guardian. 

Alex Petridi, writing for The Guardian, says that: ‘The compilers have clearly had to pull every trick in the posthumous album book in order to cobble together 45 minutes of music. There are early recordings that would probably never have seen the light of day had the artist lived.’

There are big-name special guests drafted in to bolster unfinished songs. Questlove of the Roots – a man fearless enough to consider forming a band with Winehouse a year before her death – plays on the beautiful 2003 out-take, Halftime. Nas adds a rap to Like Smoke, a track from her unfinished third album: “You know how me and Amy, we’re straight playas,” he can be heard on the album as saying; which seems an odd thing to say about a woman who tragically drank herself to death at the young age of just 27. 

However, the singer’s father insisted that her first posthumous LP would have not been released if the family did not think it was good enough. Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “The family view was nothing was going to go out unless it was comparable to Frank or Back To Black. If it wasn’t as good as that then we wouldn’t have allowed it to go out.”

The collection of unreleased material from Amy Winehouse is set to be released on December 5, and £1 from every sale made will be donated to Amy’s foundation. 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: negative early reviews
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: negative early reviews

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has been met with negative early reviews. 

The penultimate film of Stephanie Meyer’s supernatural book series was screened for critics ahead of its release on November 18 but did not get the reviews the film’s makers were hoping for. Variety reviewer Justin Chang said that he found it “disappointing… that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity,” adding that “the film is rich in surface pleasures but lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger.”
 
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said that Breaking Dawn “feels as bloated and anaemic as Bella becomes during her pregnancy” and claimed the love story between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) has become “very lame and very disappointing”.
 
However, one saving grace was the praise that he had for the lead actors’ performances, noting that all “have their constituencies and reasons for being eminently watchable”.
 
Screen Daily’s Brent Simon, however, was less impressed with the trio, describing them as “largely soapy and melodramatic, especially from Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) and to a lesser degree Pattinson.” Simon also accuses director Bill Condon of “forgo[ing] much in the way of subtlety or tension, opting instead for programmatic obviousness.”