Jack Huston

Critical Mass: Ben-Hur lands with a thud, Kubo is pure magic

Torn between War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings? Or maybe you’re wondering if that Ben-Hur remake is really worth your time? The reviews for all three films are finally in, and it’s time for you to make a decision. EW’s Critical Mass guide will help steer you in the right direction at the multiplex this weekend, so check out what the critics are saying about the week’s newest releases, below.

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Opens Aug. 19.

EW’s Joe McGovern says:

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Ben-Hur: Jack Huston reveals what saved his ‘privates’ during chariot race

The filming of a period flick requires plenty of special equipment – especially for a film as elaborate as Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming Ben-Hur reboot. A retelling of the classic 1959 Charlton Heston starrer, Ben-Hur tells the story of a Jewish prince (Jack Huston) in the time of Christ who, after being condemned to slavery by his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell), seeks revenge that culminates in a deadly chariot race.

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See the first photo of Jack Huston in Ben-Hur

Ready the chariots.

Jack Huston is stepping into Charlton Heston’s sandals for the leading role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, and the first photos from the film have now arrived.

The images, via USA Today, show Huston in the story’s famed chariot race and with Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, the man who trains him.

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Casting Net: Jennifer Aniston, Jack Huston fly with The Yellow Birds

  • The Yellow Birds sees a casting shake-up. Jack Huston fills in for the role Benedict Cumberbatch once considered in new director Alexandre Moors’ feature. Jennifer Aniston also hops aboard, fleshing out a group boasting Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich. Based on Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers’ book, the movie follows two young soldiers who befriend each other and their struggles during war.
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Critical Mass: Sparks fly in The Longest Ride

It goes without saying that the ladies in Nicholas Sparks movies are always beautiful, inside and out. But let’s be honest: his films are better known for their men. From Gosling to Efron, Costner to Tatum, a Sparksian romantic hero is the quintessential strong-silent type with a sensitive, often-suffering soul. They don’t just ache for their loves, they use that longing as fuel to restore houses, refurbish boats, or some other manly metaphor.

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