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Critics are divided on Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," starring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Eleanor Tomlinson. Some bluntly call it "pretty dumb" and label it as yet another Hollywood cash-in on the fairytale trend, while others find Singer's direction admirable -- "smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun." Roundup below. The film cost Warner Bros. a giant $185 million, and is likely facing an uphill climb at the box office this weekend after having its release date pushed back by nearly a year (it was originally scheduled for summer of 2012). It joins a slew of other tentpoles facing similar delay problems, such as Paramount's Brad Pitt zombie-pocalypse title "World War Z" and "G.I. Joe Retalliation," which underwent re-shoots to incorporate more of 2012 breakout star Channing Tatum, and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," originally slotted for this past Oscar season and now opening amid popcorn fare in May. »

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