Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 10/26/2012

‘Cloud Atlas’ and more new movies

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry star in the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas.” (Jay Maidment)
This week’s new movies include “Cloud Atlas” — the adaptation of David Mitchell’s brilliant, convoluted 2004 novel — which stars Halle Berry and Tom Hanks. Did directors Tom Twyker, Lana and Andy Wachowski come up with an equally ground-breaking film? See what the Post critics have to say:

Cloud Atlas (R) “‘Cloud Atlas’ deserves praise if only for not being the baggy, pretentious disaster it could have been in other hands.” — Ann Hornaday

The Session (R) “Perhaps it’s a function of director Ben Lewin’s chronological maturity (he’s 65), or the fact that he’s a polio survivor himself, but he has managed to keep ‘The Sessions’ from succumbing to every conceivable trap, creating a movie that brims with spiky humor, indefatigable resolve and profound emotional truth.” — Ann Hornaday

Simon and the Oaks (Unrated) “Based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author Marianne Fredriksson, ‘Simon and the Oaks’ is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It’s also a larger meditation on life’s hardships and what endures: love, art and civilization.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Chasing Mavericks (PG) “Although ‘Mavericks’ is structured around the quasi father-son relationship between the squeaky-clean Jay (Jonny Weston) and Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), the gruff, grizzled surfing veteran who becomes the teen’s life coach and big-wave trainer, there’s lots of extraneous plotting — which, however fact based, is handled in such a pre-fab manner that it feels phony.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Fun Size (PG-13) “Moms, dads, do what you have to do. But know this: Submerging one’s hands in gooshy pumpkin guts is a pleasure compared with sitting through this often crass romp about a teenage girl (Victoria Justice) who loses her little brother (Jackson Nicoll) during a trick-or-treating mishap while their mom (Chelsea Handler) hangs out with her boyfriend. ” — Jen Chaney

The Other Son (PG-13) “The old switched-at-birth premise may be familiar, but the recipe gets a few new ingredients in the French film ‘The Other Son.’ Writer-director Lorraine Levy twists the formula by following two 18-year-old boys, one Palestinian and the other Israeli.” — Stephanie Merry

Pusher (R) “Working from a script by Matthew Read (inspired by Refn’s original), Spanish-born director Luis Prieto tells the tale well enough, considering it’s heading in a familiar, noirishly downward direction for much of the time and is marked by the sort of drug-movie tropes we’ve seen a hundred times before.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Masquerade (Unrated) “A sumptuous yet sometimes earthy costume epic, ‘Masquerade’ offers a fictional answer to a genuine historical question: Why did Korea’s 17th-century King Gwanghae briefly act like a regular guy?” — Mark Jenkins

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