Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/18/2012

‘Battleship’ and more new movies

Beast (JOHN TUI), Hopper (TAYLOR KITSCH) and Raikes (RIHANNA) are stunned by invaders in "Battleship." (Photo Credit: ILM/Universal Pictures)
In this week’s new movies, a film very loosely based on a Hasbro board game turns out to have firepower and a comedy based on a baby book is star-filled yet superfluous. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Battleship” (PG-13) “Battleship — Hasbro’s venerable game of naval strategy in which players use a combination of guesswork and logic to deduce the location of their opponents’ ships — isn’t exactly known for its thrill-a-minute narrative complexity. So it’s understandable if some moviegoers might approach the new action-adventure film inspired by it with the same trepidation they would feel about “Yahtzee: The Movie.” Fear not. ‘Battleship’ is an invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline.” — Michael O’Sullivan

What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (PG-13) “Is director Kirk Jones’s film a farce, populated by crazy caricatures? Or is it a crash course in every potential prenatal complication? How about a dramatic account of failed pregnancy attempts and first bonds? The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything.” — Stephanie Merry

This Is Not a Film” (Unrated) “‘This Is Not a Film,’ which [Jafar] Panahi made with fellow director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, is indeed not a film — it’s a cry from the heart of an artist compelled to create, tell stories and respond to hostile, confounding realities.” — Ann Hornaday

The Dictator” (R) “Even amid the hit-and-miss broadsides and laugh-free longueurs that comprise most of ‘The Dictator,’ Cohen’s acute
hypocrisy-detector keeps on ticking, if barely.” — Ann Hornaday

Bernie” (PG-13) “Based on the real-life story of Carthage, Tex., funeral director Bernie Tiede, and his co-dependent friendship with a wealthy widow named Marjorie Nugent, ‘Bernie’ unfolds into many equally rich narrative strands: love story, southern Gothic slice-of-life and, finally tragedy and legal thriller, when Mrs. Nugent’s body turns up one day in her own chest-style freezer.” — Ann Hornaday

Crooked Arrows” (PG-13) “The high-school sports drama ‘Crooked Arrows’ has two — but only two — original selling points: Its protagonists are Native Americans and the sport in question is lacrosse. That’s something you don’t see every day. Other than that, however, the film’s moves are taken straight out of ‘The Bad News Bears’ playbook.”

— Michael O’Sullivan

Where Do We Go Now?” (PG-13) “‘Lysistrata’ goes to Lebanon in ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ — a satire in which pathos competes with light comedy and neither quite flourishes.” — John DeFore

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