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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/22/2011

New movies: ‘Captain America,’ ‘Friends with Benefits’

Mila Kunis as "Jamie" and Justin Timberlake as "Dylan" in “Friends with Benefits.” (Glen Wilson)
In this week’s new movies, the newest comic book movie returns to its World War II-era roots, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake ignite sparks with their on-screen anti-romance and an experiment with a chimpanzee exposes the self-absorption of the 1970s counterculture. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Friends With Benefits” (R) “First Mila Kunis stole every scene she shared with Natalie Portman in last year's bravura ballet drama ‘Black Swan.’ Now Kunis steals Portman's thunder in ‘Friends With Benefits,’ the thematic and infinitely superior double of ‘No Strings Attached,’ in which Portman co-starred with Ashton Kutcher.” — Ann Hornaday

Captain America: The First Avenger” (PG-13) “The ultimate origin story of the original ur-myth of Marvel Comics’ seemingly endless comic-book universe, the World War II-era drama returns the form to its classic roots with the square-jawed forthrightness of its straight-arrow protagonist.” — Ann Hornaday

Project Nim” (PG-13) “Not just a treatise on animal rights, James Marsh's film becomes a fascinating (and dispiriting) essay on the 1970s, when idealism curdled into maddening self-absorption, as well as the portrait of at least one genuine hero (two, if you count Nim himself).” — Ann Hornaday

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” (PG-13) “The books-trump-movies camp knows where this is headed: The film version [of Lisa See’s 2005 novel] - co-produced by none other than Wendi Murdoch (Rupert's wife), who, clearly, isn't having such a great week to begin with - contains two characters and one narrative too many. ” — Stephanie Merry

The Tree” (Unrated) “In the hands of writer-director Julie Bertuccelli, adapting Judy Pascoe's 2002 novel ’Our Father Who Art in the Tree,’ the movie is less heavy-handed than it sounds.” — Michael O’Sullivan

World on a Wire” (Unrated) “In 1973 ... German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed a thriller about life within a computer simulation. Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.” — Mark Jenkins

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