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Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke's 'Getaway' Is Worst Reviewed Film of 2013; 'After Earth' and 'Grown Ups 2' Also Rank

The Week has rounded up the worst reviewed films of 2013, based on Rotten Tomatoes scores. As to be expected, some of these titles were more publicized critical and financial bombs (M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," starring Jaden and Will Smith, for example), while others barely register in memory ("The Big Wedding" and "Getaway" -- huh?). Check out the list, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2013 2:44 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'The Conjuring' Triumphs While Box Office Slumps, R.I.P.D. Is D.O.A.

Warner Bros.' low-budget "The Conjuring" easily topped the weekend, with Fox/DreamWorks' "Turbo" placing only number three as the best of the rest. Lionsgate's "Red 2" struggled to keep pace with its predecessor, while Universal's "R.I.P.D." is lining up to be one of the summer's biggest flops. Altogether, four new openers with production budgets totaling around $400 million grossed less than $100 million this weekend, compared to the $161 million that one film, "The Dark Knight Rises," took in exactly one year ago. That led to an overall top 10 shortfall of about $50 million, as 2013 continues to struggle to catch up.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2013 1:30 PM
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This Weekend: See Harrowing 'The Act of Killing,' 'Blackfish,' 'Only God Forgives,' Skip 'RED 2'

This is a very strong weekend for indies. Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" is an artful examination of genocide in Indonesia; Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish" centers on the lethal consequences of SeaWorld's captivity of orca whales; and Andrew Bujalski's latest, "Computer Chess," is a 1980s-set period piece following a group of awkward nerds at a chess convention.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 19, 2013 1:03 PM
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'R.I.P.D.' Review: Not as Bad as the Buzz, But Still Loud and Clunky

"R.I.P.D." isn’t nearly as bad as its near-deafening advance buzz indicated -- though, really, what movie could be? -- but that doesn’t mean the laughs and gasps are satisfyingly abundant in this loud and clunky sci-fi fantasy action-comedy.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • July 19, 2013 12:15 PM
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