In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' 'Top Five' and More

Exodus: Gods and Kings Still 3 - H 2014
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Exodus: Gods and Kings Still 3 - H 2014

Also see what THR's critics are saying about the Joaquin Phoenix dramedy 'Inherent Vice' and the new documentary about Orson Welles

A biblical hero, a frustrated funnyman and a befuddled detective are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Exodus: Gods and Kings, Top Five and Inherent Vice.

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

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul star in director Ridley Scott's biblical epic about Moses defying Ramses and leading the slaves out of Egypt. THR film critic Stephen Farber writes in his review that Exodus is "spectacularly filmed and intermittently well acted, though not quite as much campy fun as the [Cecil B.] DeMille version." 

Top Five

A comedian aims for a more serious career in director Chris Rock's comedy. Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart and Whoopi Goldberg star. The film "[piles] on one hilarious sequence after another in a barrage of hard-hitting humor that has rarely been so successfully dished out in a single film," according to THR film critic Jordan Mintzer's review.

Read more Rupert Murdoch Defends 'Exodus' Cast: "Since When Are Egyptians Not White?"

Inherent Vice

Director Paul Thomas Anderson adapted Thomas Pynchon's novel about a detective trying to find his missing former girlfriend in the 1970s. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon and Maya Rudolph round out the high-profile cast. As THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes, "only fitfully does the film manage the kind of liftoff as that achieved by Pynchon's often riotous 2009 novel." Read his full review here. 

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

This documentary from director Chuck Workman focuses on the life and work of auteur Orson Welles. In his review, McCarthy writes that the film "engagingly hits a good many [of Welles' career] highlights in stone-skipping fashion," although "it can't be said that there is much here in the way of new information or insights."

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