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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011

New movies: ‘Fast Five,’ ‘Prom’


Paul Walker and Vin Diesel reunite in "Fast Five." (Jaimie Trueblood)
In this week’s new movie releases, high school kids attend a benign prom, a man shares the spotlight with a goat and the newest incarnation of the “Fast and Furious” franchise is a surprise success. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


The Bang Bang Club” (Unrated) “While he does a fine job of visually embedding his audience with his point-and-shoot protagonists, there’s something undeniably inert about the whole affair.” — Jen Chaney


Fast Five” (PG-13) “By shifting into a previously untapped gear, it delivers the most entertaining “Fast and Furious” adventure while also getting 2011’s summer movie season off on the right lead foot.” — Sean O’Connell


Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil” (PG) “But while the first film was lifted out of mediocrity by an utterly delightful storyline, the sequel is a flat, plodding and largely mirthless affair.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Le Quattro Volte” (Unrated) “The stars of “Le Quattro Volte” are, in order of appearance, an old man, a baby goat, a giant tree and a charcoal kiln... It is a devastating, profound and at times surreal work of art.” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Princess of Montpensier” (Unrated) “‘The Princess of Montpensier’ features sumptuous costumes, grand vistas and swooning emotions, but it’s much too clear-eyed to be a romance.” — Mark Jenkins


The Human Resources Manager” (Unrated) “Is springtime in Washington too joyful for you? Are the azaleas and sunny afternoons making you too happy? There is a cure. It’s “The Human Resources Manager,” a depressing and slow Israeli film guaranteed to bring even the happiest Washingtonians down.” — Rachel Saslow


Prom” (PG) “For movie lovers, prom evokes cinematic memories of pig’s blood in buckets, virginity-losing contests and ‘Pygmalion’-style makeovers. You’ll find none of those things in ‘Prom,’ Disney’s chaste take on the annual high school spectacular.” — Sandie Angulo Chen


That’s What I Am” (PG) “The movie instructs kids to identify themselves by their talents and interests, not as stereotypes. But most of the characters have no such choice. They begin as walking cliches — the nerd, the bully, the hot girl — and end unchanged.” — Mark Jenkins

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