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Critical Mass: Doctor Strange conjures magic as Loving charms

Moviegoers have a lot to choose from this weekend, as four new major releases hit theaters, each of them registering a 76 percent (or higher) on Rotten Tomatoes as of Thursday, Nov. 3. From major blockbuster spectacles (Doctor Strange) to smaller prestige dramas (Loving), EW wants you to make the right decision when choosing which film to see this weekend. Use our handy Critical Mass guide below to see what the critics are saying about this week’s hottest new releases. 

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Loving: EW review

Jeff Nichols’ latest film opens with a young couple sitting on a porch at dusk. The woman nervously whispers that she’s pregnant, unsure how her lover will react. To her relief, it comes as good news. We’ve seen hushed, life-altering moments like this on screen a hundred times before. What makes Loving both unique and especially poignant is that the woman is black, the man is white, and it’s 1958 in Virginia. Their troubles are just beginning.

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Loving trailer urges audiences to vote in upcoming presidential election

“What if it was illegal to marry the one you love?” asks a new, emotionally charged trailer for Jeff Nichols’ upcoming historical drama Lovingwhich follows the real-life struggles of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and black woman arrested in 1958 Virginia for living together as husband and wife at a time when segregation laws prevented interracial unions.

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Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton on the reluctant heroes of Loving

The 1967 Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia was a landmark moment in civil rights history, invalidating years of legislation prohibiting interracial marriage. The case had a major effect on U.S. history, and decades later, it was also used as precedent to argue against laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, but in reality, the couple at the center of the case were not interested in the national stage.

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Jeff Nichols' Loving to open Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival has announced that filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ drama Loving will play on the opening night of this year’s event in Texas, which takes place Oct. 13-20. The film stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as real-life couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who played a crucial role in invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriage. 

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Loving trailer: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga break barriers in interracial marriage drama

In 1958, a private, soft-spoken couple named Richard and Mildred Loving were married in Washington, D.C. and settled in their home state of Virginia. A few months later, they were arrested in their home in the middle of the night and thrown in jail. The crime: interracial marriage.

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Joel Edgerton on the 'delectable collection of mysteries' that drew him to Midnight Special

Sitting on a couch in a hotel conference room one block away from the Empire State Building, Joel Edgerton is sweating. When he raises his right arm, you can see perspiration bleeding through to the outside of his snazzy blue blazer. “I had a cold that I couldn’t shake,” he says. “I got on a plane to Berlin a week or two ago and thought I was healthy again. And then I woke up and was like, ‘What the f—?’”

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Civil Rights drama Loving gets November release

Loving has been given a prime awards season release date.

The interracial marriage biopic starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga hits theaters Nov. 4 on a limited basis before going wide Nov. 11, Focus Features announced Tuesday.

Writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) was inspired by the award-winning documentary The Loving Story, which detailed the lives of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga).

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