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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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Judi Dench gets a tattoo for 81st birthday

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As you may know by now, Dame Judi Dench is a huge fan of body art. She’s worn her “007” James Bond theme crystals three times now (most recently in June) but at the age of 81 she finally decided to make a permanent addition. On her birthday back in December she got her first-ever ink job!

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Dame Judi Dench to play Queen Victoria (again)

Dame Judi Dench is no stranger to playing royalty, and now she will step back into familiar shoes: Queen Victoria.

Dench is slated to play the forlorn queen again in Victoria and Abdul. She previously played her in Mrs. Brown, and she received an Oscar nomination for the part.

Stephen Frears will direct. The filmmaker has his own royal connections, getting an Academy Award nomination for The Queen. He also directed Dench in Philomena, which was nominated for best picture and Dench for best actress.

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Prince Charles reads Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and more

Prince Charles paid tribute to the Prince of Denmark this weekend, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death by reading an excerpt from Hamlet.

The prince made a surprise appearance at this year’s Shakespeare Live gala, where celebrities like Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, David Tennant, Rory Kinnear, and more gathered in Stratford-Upon-Avon to honor Shakespeare with readings, tributes, and performances.

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Watch Richard Gere surprise guests in the 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ trailer


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An American has arrived at the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and by the looks of the film’s second trailer, he’s definitely more than welcome. ”Lordy Lord,” says Madge (Celia Imrie) when Richard Gere walks into a crowded room at the Indian getaway. “Have mercy on my ovaries!”

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Familiar faces arrive in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' trailer

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is out, and it’s ready to charm.

The film is directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker, who both worked on 2011’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a surprise hit. This marks the first sequel ever for Fox Searchlight.

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