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The Quick Take for October 18, 2013

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There are plenty of new things to watch on Netflix! The fun kids' movie Monkey Trouble hearkens back to the 1990s and features a really cute furry creature. The 2011 documentary The Whale tells the story of a killer whale who befriends the local land community (narrated by Ryan Reynolds, it's strangely attention-grabbing). Ten collections of Mythbusters episodes are up. And for those who want a classic, Paul Newman stars in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Critics Roundup

Escape Plan stars muscly icons Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and critics seem to find nothing terribly wrong with the film—but there doesn't seem to be anything spectacular about it either. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Timesobserved that it drew it in desired audience: "It's their first pairing as top-billed co-stars, yet the script never gives them the kind of memorable exchange that makes fans howl with delight." The A.V. Club's Ignatiy Vishnevetsky gave it a B and summed up the masses' general critique: "Escape Plan chugs along on the strength of Stallone and Schwarzenegger's rapport . . . and the kind of twisty, hold-off-the-reveal plotting that's integral to the genre."

The newest season of Glee is marked by the passing of leading actor Cory Monteith three months ago, making critics lean in for closer scrutiny now. Brandon Nowalk of the A.V. Club praised the writers for refraining from an episode full of ugly-crying in "The Quarterback," which functioned as a sort of tribute to the late star. "It's always strange to see Glee governed with maturity, but here we are. Monteith's passing resonates . . . it's always been obvious in Glee's ...

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