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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

New movies: ‘New Year’s Eve,’ ‘The Sitter’

Jonah Hill in “The Sitter.” (Twentieth Century Fox)
In this week’s new movies, a star-studded cast provides canned holiday entertainment in “New Year’s Eve” and Jonah Hill plays a babysitter in “The Sitter.” Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Kinyarwanda” (Unrated) “‘Kinyarwanda’ - whose title refers to the common language spoken by all Rwandans - isn’t hampered by complexity, but enhanced by it. Everything feels messy but poignantly real.” — Michael O’Sullivan

The Sitter” (R) “Spiked with some loopily inspired supporting performances (Sam Rockwell turns up as a freaky, tweaky drug dealer running the world's most hilariously depraved coke den) and Hill’s characteristically inspired improvisational asides, ‘The Sitter’ is an efficient but uneven programmer, whose most valuable contribution to the cinematic landscape is its blessedly brief 80-minute running time.” — Ann Hornaday

Le Havre” (Unrated) “With its ragtag cast of cinematic archetypes..., ‘Le Havre’ is propelled by equal parts theology and whimsy. It’s a treacherous combination that in [Aki] Kaurismaki's capable hands results in one of the finest films of the year, a comedy of unusual compassion and generosity that can get away with its most fanciful contrivances because its style is so simple and its tone so gentle and forgiving.” — Ann Hornaday

New Year’s Eve” (PG-13) “‘New Year’s Eve’ exists as a particularly soulless example of a movie that's less made than machined, assembled according to an algorithmic formula known only to the widget-twisters and bottom-line-feeders at Warner Brothers whose sole purpose in life is to separate trusting filmgoers from their money without providing commensurate value.” — Ann Hornaday

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