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Meryl Streep to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 74th Golden Globes

After recognizing the actress with 29 total acting nominations since 1979, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced it will honor Meryl Streep in an even bigger way at the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony.

The non-profit organization, comprised of just under 100 journalists from around the world, revealed Thursday it’s bestowing its annual Cecil B. DeMille Award upon the Hollywood legend during the 74th Golden Globes telecast on Jan. 8.

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Critical Mass: Sausage Party is a comedic feast, Florence Foster Jenkins is prime Streep

Whether you’re into R-rated shenanigans with the gang of foul-mouth food items in Sausage Party, feeling a little nostalgic for the Pete’s Dragon remake, or in the mood to witness another performance from one of the greatest actresses of all time in Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins, there’s something for everyone at the movies this weekend. With so much to choose from, EW’s handy Critical Mass guide will help steer you in the right direction.

Check out what the critics are saying about this week’s hottest new releases in the reviews below.

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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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Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in clip from The Program

The Queen director Stephen Frears considers a rather different public figure in his new film The Program, which details the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Ben Foster (The Messenger) plays the disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion, while Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) portrays journalist David Walsh, who first interviewed Armstrong way back in 1993 and whose book Seven Deadly Sins inspired Frears’ film. Other cast members include Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet, and Dustin Hoffman.

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Ben Foster wanted to experience what it was to be Lance Armstrong 'on a cellular level' for The Program

There are scenes in The Program, which tells the rise and fall of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, where the athlete’s pals speculate which Hollywood golden boy will play him in the inevitable movie celebrating his miraculous battle against cancer and record seven consecutive Tour de France victories. Matt Damon? Jake Gyllenhaal perhaps?

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