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Streaming Picks

Plenty of good stuff to watch on Netflix this weekend. If you're in the mood for a magical flying car, there's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; James Bond fans can revisit GoldenEye. For your 80's fix, check out the The Breakfast Club. And if you are up for a terrific, creepy, well-made movie based on a historical event, check out Zodiac, David Fincher's tense thriller.

Critics Roundup

Last week, the controversial sequel Kick-Ass 2 hit theaters, growing $13.33 million. But the critics weren't all too impressed. Kyle Smith at the New York Post said it "sometimes felt like being trapped in a room with the funniest guy in seventh grade." The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl said there's "a kernel of ugly human truth at the core of the Kick-Ass fantasy," but that "this sequel is better in every way except one: surprise." Chris Cabin at Slant compared the film to one of its own characters, a "fraudulent, sadistic, and wealthy twerp who's desperate for any kind of attention his audience can provide." Several reviewers pointed out that Jim Carrey's character is a born-again Christian. In the end, though, Ali Arikan's review at summed up a lot of people's reactions: it's one of the "year's worst films," a "reprehensible movie."

The biopic Jobs also released last weekend, with Ashton Kutcher starring as the Apple founder. The film grossed $6.71 million, and reviews were moderately good, with Kutcher garnering praise from many critics. Joe Neumaier at the New York Daily News said it was "entertaining and smart, with a great, career 2.0 performance from Ashton Kutcher." Eric Kohn at Indiewire said the film was "stylish," but that the "screenplay fails to make the human element count." And Tyler O'Neil ...

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