‘Good Liar’ reviews: Critics call Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen’s thirller ‘underwhelming’

Critics are telling the hard truth about the film “Good Liar.”

Ian McKellen stars as Roy Courtnay, a charming career con artist who has his eyes set on his next target: Gullible, wealthy widow Betty McLeish, played by Helen Mirren.

Most critics, however, say the crime thriller’s plot was “clunky” and “underwhelming,” despite the best efforts from the British acting legends. (“Good Liar” has a Metacritic rating of 54 out of 100 and is listed as 63% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday evening.)

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Roger Stone guilty on all counts of lying to Congress, witness tampering

A federal jury on Friday convicted longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone of tampering with a witness and lying to Congress about his efforts to learn of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The panel of nine women and three men deliberated for less than two days before finding Stone, 67, guilty on all seven counts resulting from his September 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, which was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Kremlin’s efforts to damage Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent,

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Walmart’s Black Friday deals start on a Wednesday

Attention holiday shoppers: Walmart’s Black Friday will officially start on Wednesday this year.

The nation’s largest retailer announced its main holiday-shopping event will kick off online at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 27, followed by an in-store deals rollout at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

Overeager shoppers can snag other pre-Black Friday deals starting this week. Walmart is offering “buy now” deals for those who can’t wait to spend — or potentially save — starting Thursday,

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2 Dead, Several Hurt In Shooting At Calif. High School; Suspect In ‘Grave Condition’

Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET

Two students have died after a gunman opened fire Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., according to law enforcement officials. Three other students also were shot.

Authorities have not named the suspect but say he is a 16-year-old student at the school. He carried out the attack on his birthday.

In a late afternoon news conference, Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau said an Instagram account believed to belong to the suspect said,

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Dwayne Johnson death hoax: No, The Rock didn’t die after failed stunt

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has become the target of a viral death hoax. The 47-year-old actor is not dead; however, thousands of unsuspecting fans shared the fake news on their social media timeline.

A hoax news story that has been circulating on Facebook claiming the actor and WWE star died after a failed stunt with the following headline: “BBC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Dies at 47 after a terrible stunt attempted failed.”

The hoax used the BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation) label to appear as a legitimate news organization.

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What the first public impeachment hearing tells us about the path forward

Washington (CNN)The first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday lived up to the hype, and the daylong affair gave both parties plenty to chew on as the inquiry moves forward.

The senior US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and a senior State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy, George Kent, testified before the House Intelligence Committee for hours in front of cameras. They repeated many of the same points they had made during private depositions last month.

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Drake was booed at a music festival because he’s Drake

Tyler, the Creator recruited Drake to perform at his annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles over the weekend. It did not go well.

As reported by Billboard, Drake was booed Sunday during a performance at the erstwhile Odd Future member’s festival, now in its sixth year. In social media videos of the awkward exchange, Drake wraps up a verse from his 2013 track “Wu-Tang Forever.” “Like I said, I’m here for you,” the visibly annoyed rapper tells the crowd.

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Review: On Disney Plus, a Show That Goldblumsplains the World

The quirky star of “The Fly” and “Jurassic Park” takes on the role of zeitgeist whisperer, innocently inquiring into our fascinations with sneakers, jeans and tattoos.For a game-changing, earthshaking new player in the entertainment market, Disney Plus arrives Tuesday with a pretty motley assortment of original shows. There are a couple of franchise extensions (the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian,” the strenuously named “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), a few self-promotional reality series (“The Imagineering Story,” “Marvel’s Hero Project”),

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Giants vs. Jets odds, line: 2019 NFL picks, predictions from advanced computer model on 90-60 run

Even though both the New York Giants and New York Jets play in New Jersey, it’s a battle for New York City bragging rights on Sunday when the teams meet in the regular season for the first time in four years. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets will play Sunday’s game as the designated home team. The clubs do play every preseason, with the Giants winning this year 31-22 to close out a 4-0 exhibition schedule.

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Saints steamrollered by Falcons in biggest upset of season

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints suffered the most improbable loss of the season on Sunday, when they got steamrollered in their own Superdome 26-9 by the rival Atlanta Falcons.

It snapped a six-game winning streak for the Saints, who fell to 7-2. And it snapped a six-game losing streak for the Falcons, who are now 2-7.

How rare was the upset?

New Orleans was favored by 13.5 points,

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