Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 06/21/2012

‘Brave,’ ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and more new movies

The main character of “Brave,” Merida. (Pixar - IMAGE COURTESY OF DISNEY/PIXAR)
In this week’s new movies, Pixar’s new female-driven film is plucky yet predictable, and a fun history-horror mashup portrays Abraham Lincoln as (what else?) a vampire killer. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Brave” (PG) “As refreshing as it is to see family dynamics, rather than romance, define the fulcrum of the story, the tale that unfolds isn’t the most sophisticated of the Pixar canon. The conflicts, magic spells, chase sequences and reconciliations feel strangely by-the-book for a studio so well known for throwing the book out entirely.” — Ann Hornaday

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (R) “‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ is a strange little movie. Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove.” — Ann Hornaday

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (R) “As much of a mixed bag as its portmanteau title suggests, ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ is both terribly silly and a lot of fun. Delivering fewer consistent frights and more laughs than some might wish from a flick about bloodsucking ghouls, this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2010 bestseller is nevertheless reasonably gripping summertime entertainment.” — Michael O’Sullivan

The Invisible War” (Unrated) “With ‘The Invisible War,’ filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering lift the veil on what they contend is one of the U.S. military’s dirtiest secrets — an epidemic of rape and sexual violence that is ignored by top brass.” — Ann Hornaday

Elena” (Unrated) “The cast is strong, with each of the four main actors evoking a keen hunger for survival — and the survival of their blood — that makes them recognizably human, in the worst sense of the word. [Andrey] Zvyagintsev has a strong sense of visual and sonic style, marrying evocative visuals to pungent sound design in an engrossing thriller composed of a series of long, unhurried takes.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle” (Unrated) “Unfortunately, the film is all spectator sport. There are clearly lies being spewed on both sides, but what’s true and what’s not? It would have been helpful had the filmmakers dug a little deeper to illuminate the audience. Instead, we get an aggregate of so many views that the truth ends up feeling like some vague notion that’s always just out of reach.”

— Stephanie Merry

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