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Critical Mass: Birth of a Nation shines over Girl on the Train

After Fox Searchlight acquired the film for a record $17.5 million at Sundance in January, Nate Parker’s much buzzed-about, controversy-laden, festival circuit-traveling slave drama The Birth of a Nation finally hits theaters nationwide this weekend. The question remains: is it a good movie? Critics seem to agree Parker’s Nat Turner biopic is worth your time, while they remain split on Tate Taylor’s Emily Blunt-starring The Girl on the Train, which enters wide release to lukewarm reviews. 

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The Must List: Ava DuVernay's 13th, Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train, more

13th 

After being shut out of the best director category at the Oscars for her brilliant work on 2014’s Selma, filmmaker Ava DuVernay finds herself back in the awards season conversation, this time smack in the center of the best documentary race with 13th, a timely, necessary, overwhelmingly powerful chronicle of the American prison-industrial complex. 

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Box office preview: Girl on the Train on track for no. 1 debut

Though it leaves the station with middling reviews from movie critics, Tate Taylor’s adaptation of the bestselling Paula Hawkins novel, The Girl on the Train, has its sights set on snatching the box office crown from Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children this weekend.

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Box office report: Miss Peregrine perches at No. 1 with $28.5 million

Two big-budget Hollywood spectacles clashed for the top spot at the weekend box office; both budgeted at around $110 million, Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon ultimately proved to be no match for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as the Tim Burton flick finishes its debut frame at No. 1, earning an estimated $28.5 million between Friday and Sunday. 

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Critical Mass: What critics are saying about this week's hot new releases

With four movies entering wide release on Friday, selecting the right one to catch over the weekend can be an intimidating task. That’s where EW’s Critical Mass guide comes in. From Tim Burton’s first live-action fantasy in 4 years, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, to the latest Mark Wahlberg actioner, Deepwater Horizon, read what the critics have to say about Sept. 30’s new releases in the reviews below. 

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Allison Janney clowns around in Rachael Yamagata's new music video

For the longest time, Rachael Yamagata dreamt of having Allison Janney star in one of her music videos. It wasn’t entirely a pipe dream — the two have a mutual friend who brought up the idea with Janney, and Janney was familiar with her music. Still, the singer-songwriter confesses to EW, “In my heart of hearts I never thought it would actually happen.”

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