In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Penguins of Madagascar,' 'Horrible Bosses 2' and More

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And see what THR's critics are saying about the Benedict Cumberbatch-Keira Knightley drama 'The Imitation Game' and the horror film 'The Babadook'

Some stealthy birds, three inept office drones and a brilliant mathematician are heading to theaters this holiday weekend with the releases of Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2 and The Imitation Game.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).

Penguins of Madagascar

Four penguins join a spy outfit to stop a diabolical octopus bent on world domination in this spinoff from the Madagascar film franchise. John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong and Tom McGrath provide voices in co-directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith's film. THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen writes in his review that the movie's "manic energy ultimately proves to be more exhausting than exhilarating."

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Horrible Bosses 2

This follow-up to the 2011 comedy stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Spacey. Director Sean Anders' film centers on three guys' attempt to kidnap the son of an investor who ripped them off. THR film critic Justin Lowe writes that the "[lead] actors imbue their roles with enough likability," but "the jokes start growing stale well before the film’s midpoint." Read his full review here.

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong star in director Morten Tyldum's drama about mathematician Alan Turing's efforts to crack the Enigma code during World War II. The film is "engrossing, nicely textured and sadly tragic," and Cumberbatch gives a "superb performance as Alan Turing," according to THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy's review

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The Babadook

Director Jennifer Kent's horror film about a single mother who fights an evil presence in her home stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman and Hayley McElhinney. "Kent’s impressive first film has the handcrafted feel of a pre-digital shocker," writes THR film critic David Rooney in his review

Before I Disappear

A man has to watch his estranged sister's young daughter in director Shawn Christensen's drama. Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley and Ron Perlman star. Rooney writes that the "posey, abrasive drama" is "acted with more conviction than the script merits." Read his full review here.

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