Venom WINS UK box office despite bad reviews – as Johnny English 3 beats A Star Is Born

According to ScreenDaily, the movie has opened with £8 million – of which £5.6 million was the Friday-Sunday weekend period, and the rest was previews on Wednesday and Thursday. The Tom Hardy-fronted movie, based on a popular Marvel Comics favourite, had received cold reviews from critics, winning only a 31% score on Rotten Tomatoes. But […]

11 best-selling acne products that actually work, according to thousands of consumer reviews

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Skin care, and treating acne in particular, is an ongoing process that takes time, consistency, and plenty of experimentation. Though everyone’s skin is different, sometimes what works for […]

Theatre reviews: The Lovely Bones, Eastern Star and The Prisoner

The Lovely Bones – Royal & Derngate Northampton unti September 22 then touring until November 17. Tickets: 01604 624811 / royalandderngate.co.uk When Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones was published in 2002, it was described as “the book of the decade”. So no pressure on Bryony Lavery in dramatising it for the stage. Told entirely from […]

No bad reviews? Amazon employees might have deleted them for bribes

Some Amazon employees have reportedly been bribed by sellers to remove bad reviews of products sold through the online retail giant. The average bribe is around $ 300 per review, with most of the demand coming from China. The retail giant has launched an internal investigation into the shady practice, with a probe ongoing since […]

Book reviews: The Only Girl, The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-old Man

MEMORABLE: Author Robin Green worked with the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, right (Image: HASSELBLAD X1D/MARC POKEMPNER) For example, Sylvia Patterson’s I’m Not With The Band featured not only her fantastic pop reminiscences but also her relationship with her alcoholic mother. In The Only Girl, Robin Green not only recalls her entertaining memories of working on […]

The Nun reviews are HORRIFYING 'The worst film in the Conjuring series' 'Dull' 'Laughable'

Anticipation was high. The Conjuring and Annabel films already established the terrifying world of the Warrens, and their ghost and demon-busting adventures, scaring audiences silly in the process. This movie is meant to explain how it all began, years before at a creepy monstaery in Romania. The Nun hit headlines when protests about a ‘jump […]

Netflix originals were receiving increasingly bad user reviews when the company decided to kill the feature

Netflix Netflix ended its user reviews feature earlier this summer, citing “declining using over time.”  But according to data compiled by Cordcutting.com, Netflix originals had also seen a steady year-over-year decline in user-rating scores, well before the company decided to bring its user reviews to an end.    Netflix announced in July that it would phase […]

Film Reviews: Puzzle, American Animals, Hurricane and more…

PICKING UP THE PIECES: Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan in Puzzle (Image: Linda Kallerus) Puzzle ★★★★ (Cert 15, 103mins) A RE film-makers running out of ideas for underdog sports movies? After maths quiz drama X+Y and chess flick Queen Of Katwe comes a film about a jigsaw puzzle contest. Thankfully, this is nowhere near as desperate […]

Slender Man review: This horror movie reviews are HORRIFYING – Read why he critics hate it

Slender Man comes to cinemas in the US and UK on a wave of hype, some of it already negative, and it currently languishes with an abysmal 16% aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes. Not only was it an internet craze back in 2009, it also inspired two 12-year-old American schoolgirls to stab a classmate 19 times […]