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#Barbenheimer rocks the box office — and critics


Starring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt, Will Ferrell, Emma Mackey, Michael Cera and Issa Rae. Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach. Directed by Greta Gerwig. Opens July 21 in theatres everywhere. 114 minutes. PG / $162M domestic / 90% Fresh RT.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of 4)

Peter Howell

Movie Critic

The great joke of “Barbie,” Greta Gerwig’s winking satire of existential angst and patriarchal politics, is that plasticity represents perfection while humanity is its abhorrent opposite.

It’s a tricky balancing act that writer/director Gerwig ( “Lady Bird,” “Little Women”) and her co-writer/partner Noah Baumbach for the most part manage quite well and with wicked humour, in a candy-coloured production that looks like “The Wizard of Oz” on acid. This plastic is fantastic.




Starring Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Benny Safdie, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Tom Conti and Gary Oldman. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Opens Friday at theatres everywhere. 180 minutes. 14A / $82M domestic / 94% Fresh RT.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of 4)

Peter Howell

Movie Critic

When the atomic blast finally happens in Christopher Nolan’s epic biopic “Oppenheimer,” heralding the horrific dawn of nuclear aggression as it first assaults the eyes and then the ears, it’s a strange form of catharsis for the viewer.

It’s a movie like no other, dragging us into the collective guilt of history.



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