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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/27/2011

New movies: ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,’ ‘The Hangover Part II’

”The Hangover Part II” is a lesson in how not to remake a film. (Melinda Sue Gordon)
In this week’s new movies, two new sequels dominate while Woody Allen’s newest film, fresh from Cannes, brings viewers on a jaunt to Paris. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Hangover Part II” (R) “A veritable textbook case of what not to do when re-making a comedy that depended on sheer surprise for most of its appeal, ‘The Hangover Part II’ also inadvertently points up the weaknesses of the first movie.” — Ann Hornaday

Kung Fu Panda 2” (PG) “Gorgeously animated, the movie is a consistent pleasure to watch, even if the outcome of Po’s ad­ven­tures feels like a prophesy that any one of us could have foretold.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Midnight in Paris” (PG-13) “‘Midnight in Paris’ finds Allen in a larky, slightly tart and altogether bountiful mood, giving filmgoers a movie that, while unabashedly funny and playful, provides a profiterole or two for thought.” — Ann Hornaday

13 Assassins” (R) “[Takashi] Miike’s ‘13 Assassins’ transcends the usual, hollow mayhem because the director is less interested in the carnage and bloodshed of conflict (though there’s plenty) and more intrigued with exploring why men fight. He ends up with an open-ended conclusion, however, that raises more questions than answers.” — Sean O’Connell

These Amazing Shadows” (Unrated) “‘Shadows’ is an 88-minute valentine to cinema, a reminder of why we continue returning to the multiplex, and an abiding faith in the power of film to transport us to faraway places.” — Jen Chaney

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