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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011

New movies: ‘J. Edgar,’ ‘Melancholia’


Leonardo DiCapio portrays J. Edgar Hoover, left, and Naomi Watts portrays Helen Gandy in a scene from "J Edgar." (Keith Bernstein - AP)
In this week’s new movies, Kirsten Dunst stars in a stirring sci-fi anti-romance and Leonardo DiCaprio becomes J. Edgar Hoover in the new Clint Eastwood drama. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


Melancholia” (R) “A masterwork of grandeur, millennial angst and high romantic style, ‘Melancholia’ takes themes that have marked the best films of 2011 and spins them into a blast of cosmic sparkle dust.” — Ann Hornaday


Jack and Jill” (PG) “The unsurprisingly bon-mot-free script is by Steve Koren, Robert Smigel and Ben Zook. Why it took three of them to come up with the story, in which a Thanksgiving visit by Jill turns into an eight-week nightmare for Jack - and an 89-minute one for you - is anyone's guess. So is the question of who exactly told Sandler that his impression of a woman was funny.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” (Unrated) “I have never been a fan of the furry, red and adenoidal mop-top whose reputation for speaking in the third person - ‘Elmo loves you!’ - suggests that ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey’ could be an 85-minute version of ‘Nightmare on Sesame Street. To my surprise, it was not.’” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Women on the 6th Floor” (Unrated) “In the end, ‘The Women on the 6th Floor’ is about two individuals from different rungs of the social ladder who try to meet in the middle. But it's also, to a poignant and tantalizing degree, about how that gap can never entirely be bridged.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Into the Abyss” (PG-13) “That [Werner] Herzog is so uniquely suited to the subject matter may account for why ‘Into the Abyss’ is such a profound disappointment - especially on the heels of the masterful death-row drama ‘Incendiary’ and 2008's ‘At the Death House Door.’” — Ann Hornaday


J. Edgar” (R) “Anyone with strong opinions about founding FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is unlikely to come away satisfied by ‘J. Edgar,’ Clint Eastwood's ambitious, ultimately deflating portrait, which somehow manages to elide his worst abuses of power while making a burlesque of his personal vulnerabilities.” — Ann Hornaday


Elevate” (PG) There are moments when the character portraits seem superficial, which may be the result of trying to pack four personalities into a little more than 80 minutes. Nevertheless, it's an inspiring tale that follows four kids who are wise beyond their years and driven beyond comprehension.” — Stephanie Merry


Immortals” (R) “As the goriest movie ever to open with a quotation from Socrates, ‘Immortals’ attempts to cover itself with a patina of classical culture. But this CGI-heavy bloodbath owes less to Greek myth than to ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ Hong Kong costume epics and American comic books.” — Mark Jenkins

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