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The Normal Heart debuted on HBO last night and reviews for the AIDS drama directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy have been overwhelmingly positive.

In real life, Matt Bomer is married to Simon Halls, but in the made-for-TV film based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed stage play, he plays the lover of Mark Ruffalo's Ned Weeks - a crusader for rights and research in the days when the disease wasn't even publicly acknowledged by politicians.

Check out some of the rapturous acclaim for the film and its lead performances below:

The Normal Heart will drive any viewer with a heart at all to tears. - Gail Pennington

Some 30 years later, this movie - strident, passionate, frenetic, and aching - is a reminder, as Memorial Day weekend begins the summer, of all those empty spots the plague left on the beach. - James Poniewozik

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X Men Days of Future Past is set to do battle with Godzilla.

The latest edition of this awesome franchise has been released in theaters, bringing stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender together in two different periods of time.

Is the latest superhero movie receiving super reviews? In a word: Yes. Big time.

Scroll down for a summary of a few reviews and prepare to a blast into the entertaining past some at some point this weekend... 

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For those who felt The Last Stand was a poor exit for many of these characters, X-Men: Days of Future Past should at least salve the wound in part. - James Berardinelli

The characters - and the performers playing them - step unto the breach to provide just enough wit and feeling to make "Days of Future Past" something other than a waste of a reasonable person's time. - A.O. Scott

Time travel, Peter Dinklage and 1970s kitsch top a very long list of what makes "X-Men: Days of Future Past" such a blast. - Betsy Sharkey

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Godzilla roars back into theaters today.

What makes the latest version of this horror story different from the rest? Bryan Cranston, for starters. One of the best actors alive anchors the film.

Does this mean it will be worth your time? Read through excerpts from the following Godzilla reviews and decide now...

What makes this summer movie so truly special is it never forgets to intertwine its jaw-dropping special effects with all sorts of heart and a story that plays to our core values as human beings. - Joel Amos

If you're into superlatives - and who isn't? - Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong. - Chris Vognar

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Reviews for the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are in - and they are positively glowing.

Come on, who doesn't love Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield?

But the reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 itself? They are also in... and they aren't exactly as positive. Peruse a sampling below and decide if this is a film worth swinging into over the weekend.

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Overstuffed plot and too many villains, but the visual effects pop, and Garfield/Stone are still better than Maguire/Dunst. - Richard Roeper

When Garfield conceals Peter's confused-angry- betrayed scowl beneath that shiny red mask, Spider-Man 2 summons the giddy derring-do of the best Iron Man offerings. It's a good movie that could have been great. - Robert Wilonsky

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The Captain America: The Winter Soldier has an actual plot and everything.

It's not just bad guys hitting good guys and good guys responding by blowing up bad guys.

So Samuel L. Jackson told Jon Stewart during an appearance on The Daily Show this week - and the critics seem to agree.

One Captain America: The Winter Soldier review after another praises the plot, special effects and acting, making it clear which movie should earn your hard-earned money this week.

Here's a rundown of what these critics are saying:

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Chris Evans is back! This is a close-up of the actor as Captain America in the well-reviewed sequel.

We not only get an edgier, more complex, more compelling storyline, we get the most badass 95-year-old the world has ever known. - Richard Roeper

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Divergent, the eagerly awaited first film based on Veronica Roth's best-selling novel is finally in theaters.

Shailene Woodley and Theo James shine as Tris and Four, bringing their relationship off the page and onto the screen.

Divergent is set in a dystopian, post-Apocalyptic Chicago. Society is divided into five factions, each representing individual personality traits and serving a purpose within the society: the selfless Abnegation, the smart Erudite, the honest Candor, the peaceful Amity, and the brave Dauntless. 

At 16, each child must take a test to determine into which faction he or she belongs. Beatrice Pryor discovers that she is "divergent." The test can't place her into one faction because she possesses traits of several.

On Choosing Day, she leaves her life in Abnegation for one in Dauntless. There she meets Four and finds herself while learning that Jeanine Matthews, leader of Erudite, has a plan to eliminate her old faction, including her parents.

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Anchorman 2 reviews. 99% of the time, they're right every time.

With the wildly anticipated sequel to one of Hollywood's most quotable movies hitting theaters tomorrow, we've gathered a series of critic excerpts below in order to help you decide whether it's worth checking in with Ron Burgundy and company again after all these years.

So relive the very best Anchorman quotes, spray on some Panther cologne and scroll down for more...

For almost every aspect of the movie I want to criticize, there is a corresponding defense. - The Arizona Republic

While I'm glad "Anchorman" is back - we need a little levity in this year of heavy films - I do wish it were better. - The Los Angeles Times

The movie cleverly spoofs the 24-hour TV news cycle, as well as sexism and racism in the workplace. Not every scene is equally funny, of course, but most of the comic antics generate laughs. - USA Today

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug comes out this weekend, but is it worth rushing to see it in theaters? The critics seem to be unsure about that.

The reviews, however, seem to universally believe that Smaug is much better than the first movie, last year's An Unexpected Journey, so there's that.

Also the titular character, a fire-breathing dragon voiced by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, could be worth the price of admission alone.

You can make up your own mind, but here are two of the film's trailers as well as excerpts from critics to give you an idea of what you can expect ...

"Now we have the sequel. And you know? It's livelier and better than its predecessor. The first movie's harrumphing throat-clearing has given way to a swift, imposing adventure boasting several wing-ding action sequences." - Chicago Tribune

"A year ago, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey got the job done, but it was too bright and busy and noisy, with creatures that kept popping up as if out of a jack-in-the-box. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a more grandly somber movie, and also a much better one, with forces of boldly intense and unified malevolence." - Entertainment Weekly

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Let's face it: you were gonna go see Catching Fire no matter what, weren't you?

There's the curiosity about turning the second Hunger Games novel into a big screen feature... there's the awesome Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss... and you have seen Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, right? Hubba. Hubba.

But this can only help the blockbuster's box office: many early reviews are in. And they are positively smoldering!

Scroll down for a look at what glowing things critics from around the country are saying about Catching Fire...

It's like an awesome episode of Survivor All-Stars, except the stakes are so much bigger. -

Catching Fire makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle. - Variety

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Thor: The Dark World his U.S. theaters this weekend after a monstrous opening abroad, and for what it's worth, the sequel to 2011's Thor meets expectations.

Does the Alan Taylor-directed flick exceed them, though? Can he make the hammer-wielding hero played by Chris Hemsworth any more compelling?

The big-budgent Marvel movie has earned a few jabs from critics for its reliance on CGI and for being dull, while others are more than pleased with it.

Should you check it out, or save it for a rental someday?

Here's a sampling of Thor: The Dark World reviews ...

"Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is - shock! - an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun. It cruises where the earlier film lumbered. It has its faults, but this is solidly in the upper sphere of superhero sequels." - N.Y. Daily News

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