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It can be hard to keep up with what's going on in the world of movies and televisionbut we're here to help out.

Each week in the CT Movies Quick Take, we check up on how the critics are responding to a couple recent releases, update you on the biggest movie news, and suggest a few picks to stream at home on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. One quick read, and you'll be caught up for the week.

Streaming This Weekend

If you're sick of British crime dramas, skip ahead. But this one's received too much good press to leave out (see critical reactions below): You can catch the first episode of BBC's new drama Broadchurchhere. Starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, the show centers around the murder of a young boy in a small coastal British town. Tennant and Coleman play the lead detectives on the case. Read more about the show here.

Also steaming this weekend is the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey. The drama follows two boys who discover "Mud," a fugitive living on a Mississippi island who is on the run from the law for committing murder. We wrote about the film here.

The animated Epic is also streaming on Amazon. The movie tells the story of a teenage girl who gets brought into the magical world of nature spirits as part of a plan to save the "leafmen." (Read our review here.)

Critic Roundup

The Artist and the Model, directed by Fernando Trueba, premiered last weekend to mixed reviews. But one thing critics seem to agree on is that it is "lovely." That word comes up frequently in reviews of the film about an old artist who works with a young, beautiful model on his last project. Steven Boone, writing for RogerEbert.com, has almost nothing ...

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