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Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 04/19/2012

‘Goon,’ ‘Think Like a Man’ and more new movies


Kristen (Gabrielle Union) reads Steve Harvey's book in “Think Like a Man.” (Alan Markfield)
In this week’s new movies, Sean William Scott gives an utterly anti-“American Pie” performance and the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s bestseller turns out to be an intelligent rom-com. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


Goon” (R) “Seann William Scott's character in ‘Goon,’ an infectiously appealing comedy about an ice hockey enforcer, is the anti-Steve Stifler, a sweetly puppylike opposite of the vulgar, sex-obsessed jock Scott made famous in the ‘American Pie’ movies.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Think Like a Man” (PG-13) “Forget hackneyed cliches about Players and Dreamers and the scheming women who seek to domesticate them. Focus on the pleasures of watching a group of gifted actors spar and seduce each other with genuine warmth, and ‘Think Like a Man’ just might go straight to your head.” — Ann Hornaday


The Lucky One” (PG-13) “Director Scott Hicks lavishes good taste and sunsets on a story that — devoid of genuine tension, conflict or combustible chemistry between its two stars — just prettily sits there.” — Ann Hornaday


Marley” (PG-13) “It's exhaustive without being exhausting, an eye-opening and all-encompassing portrait that should go a long way to rescuing him from being a marijuana mascot. Don't let the tacky opening date fool you - this is a film to be taken seriously.” — David Malitz


Chimpanzee” (G) “Be warned: Although rated G, ‘Chimpanzee features scenes of rival chimpanzee packs attacking each other and of chimpanzees hunting - and, it is suggested, eating - monkeys. Some sequences are, at times, intense and frightening, especially for younger viewers.” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Island President” (PG) “Filmmaker Jon Shenk (‘The Lost Boys of Sudan’) expertly weaves [Mohamed] Nasheed's extraordinary personal story together with the Maldives' breathtaking natural beauty and a Capra-esque tale of dogged idealism and political courage to create wonderfully vivid cinematic portraiture.” — Ann Hornaday


The Lady” (R) “‘The Lady’... is a heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times.” — Adam Bernstein


Surviving Progress” (Unrated) “One percenters won't like what ‘Surviving Progress’ has to say. The affluent oligarchy is a frequent target of blame in Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks's powerful but pessimistic documentary look at the corner we humans seem to be painting ourselves into, economically, ecologically and otherwise.” — Michael O’Sullivan


A Simple Life” (Unrated) “A tender tale of role reversal, ‘A Simple Life’ is based on Hong Kong movie producer Roger Lee's final months with the woman who had been a family servant for 60 years. As co-scripted by Lee, the movie is often poignant but leavened with humor.” — Mark Jenkins

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