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Nearly three decades in the making, the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game hits theaters today. Was it worth the wait, and hype?

The story revolves around a gifted boy drafted into military school in an apocalyptic future. Defending the planet against a coming alien invasion is job one.

Long a favorite of sci-fi readers in the genre, the long-awaited film carries seriously high expectations, and a cast that certainly helped raise them.

Directed by Gavin Hood, Ender's Game stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield (as Ender), Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

Is it any good, though? Let's see what some critics' Enders Game reviews say ...

"The adaptation is a shallow sci-fi spectacle that almost makes you care." - Hollywood Reporter

"Yet another intriguing, complex, strangely unlikable big-budget experiment destined to thrill the fans and befuddle the rest of us." - Time

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Robert Redford stars in All is Lost, an ambitious and unorthodox effort by J.C. Chandor that sets a new high water mark for the modern cinema version of solitude.

Identified only as “Our Man” in the credits, Redford says almost nothing throughout, and for the duration of the movie, he is the only person in sight.

That's not an exaggeration. In the opening scene, we hear his voice as he composes a letter of apology and farewell. In a flashback, we hear a distress call.

Otherwise, silence.

Given that premise, can it deliver? And what do the critics have to say about All is Lost? Let's take a look at excerpts from some of this week's reviews ...

"You don't have to be a nervous studio executive to know it is a huge risk to hang an entire movie on a script with almost no dialogue and a single, brutally physical role for one actor edging toward 80. But Chandor has turned these limitations into virtues." - L.A. Times

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The remake of Carrie hits theaters today and let's make one thing clear:

This film was worthwhile before its release, due to this amazing Carrie coffee shop prank.

But how does Chloe Grace Moretz fill the iconic role? Will it be a bloody good time for you and your friends?

Check out the trailer below and then scroll down for a look at what various critics are saying about Carrie and compare their take to these glowing 12 Years a Slave reviews...

Its bloodshed may be all dressed up, but it ultimately has nowhere to go. - Film.com

With nothing new to offer, "Carrie" is reduced to attempting the impossible: repeating De Palma's long, tense buildup to Carrie's prom, one of the most stylishly executed horror-film sequences in history. - Newsday

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The Fifth Estate, opening this weekend, is getting plenty of online buzz, particularly for its star, Benedict Cumberbatch. Yet it faces a simple, but profound challenge:

How do you make a movie about the Internet enthralling?

Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, whose sites set out to expose governments who commit what he feels are crimes under the banner of national security.

Like its subject, however, and not unlike WikiLeaks itself, the broader goals and the context in which they're viewed are at times murky for this exposition.

Let's take a look at what the critics are saying (and for a look at another big weekend release, here are 12 Years a Slave reviews) about The Fifth Estate ...

"It's probably too early to make a movie about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and The Fifth Estate reflects this. Based on a book by Daniel Berg, who was an Assange associate, the movie can't quite decide what it thinks of him - or even if it should decide at all." - San Francisco Chronicle

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The harrowing 12 Years a Slave has all the makings of a mesmerizing period drama for the ages. The only question is whether the execution meets the potential.

The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man in 1800s N.Y. State, who was kidnapped and forced into slavery.

Toiling away on a plantation near New Orleans, he subsequently fought for his freedom with the help of a Canadian abolitionist, played by Brad Pitt.

Also starring Michael Fassbender, the film is drawing major Oscar buzz as it opens this weekend. Does it live up to the high expectations it sets?

Let's see what critics' 12 Years a Slave reviews are saying ...

"Sometimes you have to prepare yourself for the journey a film takes you on. So it is with 12 Years a Slave, a harrowing, unforgettable drama that doesn’t look away from the reality of slavery and, in so doing, helps us all fully, truly confront it." - The New York Daily News

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Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010's Machete, is not going for Oscars, but camp, with a strong ensemble cast bringing the aspiring cult classic to life.

Yes, Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) is back, and this time he's got the President of the United States (Carlos Estevez a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) for a boss.

If you're up for a potential B-movie spectacle, then this could be for you.

It not, you should probably heed the words of warning from critics, whose Captain Phillips reviews and Gravity reviews are glowing, and avoid Machete Kills.

But let's see what the critics are saying about the latter just the same ...

"Machete Kills is exploitation cinema, in the same way that a teen who pays $28 at the mall for a Sex Pistols T-shirt is a punk rocker." - San Francisco Chronicle

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Captain Phillips’ story is well-known, and not new. It was reported by every major media outlet as it played out dramatically over five April days in 2009.

For anybody who somehow missed this then, it's been repeated in every major media story about Captain Phillips the movie, directed by Paul Greengrass.

Tom Hanks is Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a U.S. container ship with an unarmed crew that was hijacked by Somali pirates.

Hauling tons of cargo, including food from the U.N. World Food Program designated for Africa, the ship looked like a floating jackpot to the marauders.

Is it a jackpot with critics as well? Let's see what the reviews are saying ...

"When Paul Greengrass directs a thoroughly dramatic tale based on true events and Tom Hanks takes on the title role, you think you know what to expect. But just you wait — the piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations." - L.A. Times

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In Runner, Runner, when a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him.

Yes … it's an offshore gambling thriller, fans!

While the premise is different and the star power is present - Justin Timberlake and a big, bad Ben Affleck - is the movie, opening this weekend, worth seeing?

Depends who you ask and what you're after.

Unlike the nearly universally positive Gravity reviews, Runner, Runner is more of a mixed bag with critics. Here's a glance at what some of them say ...

"How blandly by-the-numbers is Runner Runner? When it’s time for a hot sex scene with Timberlake’s ambitious Richie Furst and Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), his boss’s luscious second-in-command, the encounter is as charmless and chemistry-free as the wooden banter that has led up to it. I’ve had dentist’s appointments that were sexier. - Boston Globe

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In Gravity, which lands in theaters this weekend, director Alfonso Cuaron has given new meaning to the "lost in space" theme, and to the very concept of isolation.

It's as much an existential exploration as it is science fiction.

Following an explosion during a space walk, the premise is a human being, floating tiny and unbound, in the limitless, quiet, stark expanse of the cosmos.

Add in Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and what have you got? Critical gold! Check out excerpts from some of the week's top Gravity reviews ...

"The film’ extraordinarily beautiful in its vision of a much larger universe, and it’s slyly honest about our insignificance within it. That’s what makes the ending both awe-inspiring and far-fetched. - Boston Globe

"A great movie is hard to define. So let Gravity do it for you. With enthralling detail, it offers thrills, humor, dazzle, disaster, poetic vision and mythic reach." - Rolling Stone

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Autumn is upon us and it's growing a bit chilly in various parts of the country.

But on the big screen, starting today, it's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! 2!

Yes, a sequel to the original hit - which was based on a wildly popular children's book - is now in release at a theater near you. Should you take your kids to a showing?

Check out the trailer below and then scroll down for a collection of movie reviews from critics around the nation:

Honestly, anyone who can pull off a running joke about leeks that does not make you gag, and is in fact a silly delight, deserves props. - The Los Angeles Times

It's another brightly rendered effort, but, as the title indicates, a lot of the real creativity seems to have been used up the first time around. - The Boston Globe

Sometimes so strange, colorful and wildly cute that it may end up becoming a "Yellow Submarine" for a new generation. - The New York Times

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