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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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Ben-Hur

Opens Aug. 19.

EW’s Joe McGovern says:

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Keira Knightley to play the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney's The Nutcracker

Keira Knightley will soon dance her way into the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, as EW can confirm the actress has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Nutcracker.

Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, first published in 1816, Disney’s rendition of the classic tale will be titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The feature follows a young girl, Clara (Mackenzie Foy), whose Christmas doll comes to life for an epic battle with the evil, seven-headed Mouse King.

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Morgan Freeman narrates pedestrians' actions — and it's riveting

No one has a voice as soothing and authoritative as Morgan Freeman — he is the voice of God after all. Back in March, Freeman appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and narrated the actions of random pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard. On Thursday night, the Ben-Hur actor’s dulcet tones were back in action as he once again used his iconic voice to describe the movements of a passersby on the streets of Los Angeles.

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Morgan Freeman's Story of God renewed for season 2

Morgan Freeman is continuing his study of all things “meaning of life” with a second season of The Story of God.

National Geographic announced Thursday that the docuseries starring the entertainment world’s favorite smooth speaker will be returning for a second season with new questions to answer. Season 1 of the series provided audiences with six episodes, covering various topics, such as “Creation,” “Afterlife,” “Apocalypse,” and “Who Is God?” The new season will uncover more topics, including “Is There a Chosen One?”

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