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Jason Statham in 'Homefront'

Streaming Picks

Last year's action flick remake Red Dawn, starring Thor's Chris Hemsworth, is on Netflix, as is season 3 of the hit television post-apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead. If you're looking for something a bit classier, try the 1950s drama The Men, Marlon Brando's film debut (and a New York Times Critics' Pick). And Disney's The Three Musketeers is a fun kids' movie staring Mickey Mouse.

Critics Roundup

Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for Homefront, a film that's getting attention mainly for that reason. Indiewire's Gabe Toro gave the film itself a B-, but he praised the trusty Jason Statham for delivering in a role originally meant for Stallone himself. The result is a predictable, but satisfying film: "It's basically as if Statham, with an assist from Stallone, came into your home and set the table for you. You know exactly what's cooking." All that to say, it still didn't resound with critics as a groundbreaking or even well-made action piece. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of A.V. Club said that "Director Gary Fleder can't mount a compelling action scene, let alone pull off the movie's centerpiece shootout . . . (there's) no sense of rhythm or force."

Philomena went into wider release this week, and it's still generating buzz. The story about the woman searching for her son after 50 years of separation has been receiving mostly applause and generally positive ratings from critics (read our review here). But Kyle Smith of The New York Post made some stinging comments, declaring the film to be anti-Catholic, an attack on Republicans, and "a sucker punch, or maybe a sugary slice of arsenic cake." Philomena ...

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