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With the Jonah Hill apology tour having ended a few days ago, following the actor directing a gay slur at a photographer in early June, attention can now turn to Hill's latest project:

22 Jump Street.

Is this a worthwhile sequel? Will fans enjoy seeing Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover at a college?

Yes and yes, according to a handful of movie critics. Go behind the scenes in the following video and then scroll down to see what these film experts are saying about 22 Jump Street...

Does the meta-acknowledgment that everyone's in it for the bucks give a purposefully dopey sequel more cred? ... You bet. - Steven Rea

If it seemed Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill couldn't possibly exceed their over-the-top buddy cop antics of 21 Jump Street, you lost that bet. - Peter Howell

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It may have seemed like an impossible mission, but Tom Cruise is the top gun once again.

With most attention focused this weekend on The Fault in Our Stars, Cruise is anchoring Edge of Tomorrow, a futuristic action movie that is earning the actor his best reviews in year.

What, exactly, are critics saying about Cruise and Emily Blunt's blockbuster? Find out below...

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The concept is sublime. The execution is brilliant… this thriller could very well be the biggest surprise of the summer. - Joel Amos

All in all, a perfectly superior example of industrially fortified Hollywood fun, and as good a guarantee as Doug Liman can offer that we haven't seen the last of him yet. - Geoff Pevere

The whole thing begins to feel like a giant-screen videogame - with the gamer getting a little further, a little deeper, with each new push of the Start button. - Steven Rea

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We already know that The Fault in Our Stars will leave you crying.

But will the movie, based on a beloved best-seller by John Green, leave you standing and cheering by the time the final credits roll?

YES, according to a number of film critics. The Fault in Our Stars reviews are in and they are almost entirely positive.

Watch the most-Liked trailer ever again and then see what these critics have to say...

The honest, human performances from stars Ansel Elgort and especially Shailene Woodley keep it grounded, even when things start to wander or threaten to get too precious. - Tom Long

What leavens the heaviness of the theme is the heroine's wry wit, which Ms. Woodley deploys just as naturally. - Joe Morgenstern

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At this week's Maleficent premiere in Hollywood, Brad Pitt got attacked by an idiotic prankster.

Sadly, according to a number of Maleficent reviews, this may have been the most entertaining thing to happen related to the film.

How could a film that features Angelina Jolie as the real-life version of this famous Disney villain go wrong? We'll let a number of the country's most prominent movie critics explain...

While this is Jolie's show, obviously - and she's terrifically arch - the surprising dearth of other compelling characters doesn't offer much distraction when things get off track. - Tom Russo

Blockbuster effects can't mask bland storytelling. - Tom Clift

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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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