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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

New movies: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ ‘The Rum Diary’

Elizabeth Olsen stars in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” (Fox Searchlight )
In this week’s new movies, Mary Kate and Ashley make way for a star turn by their little sister Elizabeth and Johnny Depp delivers a valentine to Hunter S. Thompson. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R) “‘Martha Marcy May Marlene.’ Say it real fast for a challenge. But take it in slowly to behold one of the most smashing breakout performances of the year.” — Ann Hornaday

Puss in Boots” (PG) “"Puss in Boots" proves there is at least one cat with multiple lives. The feature-length animated spinoff... is almost shockingly good. And not just because a lot of you will approach it with lowered expectations.” — Michael O’Sullivan

The Rum Diary” (R) “As a posthumous valentine to his old friend Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp's adaptation of ‘The Rum Diary’ exudes a cheery, beery sense of warmth and affection.” — Ann Hornaday

Anonymous” (PG-13) “Whether viewers buy its hypothesis, "Anonymous" delivers a reasonably vivacious tale of palace intrigue, backstage catfighting and bodice-ripping lust.” — Ann Hornaday

In Time” (PG-13) “What is a surprise is that the film - starring Justin Timberlake as a Robin Hood-like character who gives new meaning to the term ‘time bandit’ - is not just thoughtful, but brisk and engaging.” — Michael O’Sullivan

We Were Here” (Unrated) “At once elegiac and exhilarating, ‘We Were Here’ honors both the fallen and the survivors of the AIDS epidemic, which began - it's hard to believe now - 30 years ago.” — Ann Hornaday

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby” (Unrated) “There's a strong air of a criminal trial to the film, which spends a substantial chunk of its time - perhaps even a little too much time - on the Vietnam era, that chapter of [William] Colby's life and career about which the morality of his actions has been most hotly debated.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Oranges and Sunshine” (R) “Those looking for tidy closure might not find it in this amazing, yet dark, little movie. But that also feels true to life.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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