Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012

‘Alex Cross’ and more new movies

Tyler Perry tries to erase any memory of his Madea days as the main protagonist in “Alex Cross.” (Sidney Baldwin)
This week’s new movies include “Alex Cross,” an adaptation of the James Patterson novel, which stars Tyler Perry as a detective hunting down a psychopath. Does Perry succeed in erasing all memory of his Madea movies? Not exactly. Here’s what the Post critics have to say:

Alex Cross (PG-13) “[Tyler Perry is] a fungible action hero, interchangeable with almost any other when it comes to running, jumping, punching and shooting. When it comes to the hard work of acting, however, he’s lacking, most notably in scenes surrounding and following his wife’s murder. Fake grief just doesn’t suit him.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Tai Chi Zero (PG-13) “A martial-arts ad­ven­ture with more video-game and comic-book DNA than the traditional kung fu flick, ‘Tai Chi Zero’ is good, if empty-headed, fun.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Beauty Is Embarrassing (Unrated) “Of all the notable documentaries on offer at this year’s Silverdocs film festival, the one that kept bringing a smile to my face was ‘Beauty Is Embarrassing,’ Neil Berkeley’s infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White.” — Ann Hornaday

Sister (Unrated) “Just as genuine is [Ursula] Meier’s refusal to make this bleak, unforgiving story warm or fuzzy. She’s as rigorous with ambiguity as she is with the honesty in portraying the life of a child at its most uncertain and vulnerable.” — Ann Hornaday

War of the Buttons (PG-13) “Most surprisingly, the mix of comedy, represented by the children, and drama, represented by the adults, feels unforced and in harmony with the film’s expansive view of life.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Smashed (R) “‘Smashed’ never really rises much above the level of a dramatic public service announcement. That’s not so much because of its tone, but because what it’s announcing isn’t exactly news. Alcoholism is a disease. Alcoholics aren’t bad people. Quitting is hard. I don’t mind the scolding. But tell me -- or show me -- something I don’t know.” — Michael O’Sullivan

“Hating Breitbart” (Unrated) “The depiction of an always energetic and often furious Breitbart may please the man’s followers. But Marcus makes little effort to illuminate Breitbart’s character or motivation, so this high-pitched portrait ends up a little flat.” — Mark Jenkins

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