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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/19/2011

New movies: ‘One Day,’ ‘Fright Night’

Colin Farrell Stars in “Fright Night.” (DreamWorks)
In this week’s new movies, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in “One Day,” Colin Farrell gleefully portrays the vampire nextdoor and a documentary about a Formula One driver is more compelling than one might think. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

One Day” (PG-13) “As personified by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, Emma and Dexter make for a pretty convincing friends-who-should-be-lovers couple, a la Harry and Sally et alia - although purists may wonder why Scherfig, whose winsome adaptation of "An Education" became an art house hit a few years ago - would cast an American actress in a role that demands impeccable British bona fides.” — Ann Hornaday

Senna” (PG-13) “‘Senna’ is what film critics might call a TMSI movie, as in: Trust me, see it.” — Ann Hornaday

Fright Night” (R) “It stands apart from the rehash pack by accomplishing something rival remakes rarely do: It improves on the premise it has been handed, producing a modernized version of a decades-old story that's superior to its predecessor in virtually every aspect.” — Sean O’Connell

Conan the Barbarian” (R) “If indeed there has been a community of film buffs yearning for a ‘Conan’ reboot, they could hardly be hoping for a more appropriate slab of beef to play him than Jason Momoa - a Hawaiian with muscle tone to make Frank Frazetta weep...” — John DeFore

Attack the Block” (R) “Given what it does with its ingredients, the film might as well be called ‘Attack the Blockbuster’ - a name befitting a tale whose scrappy vigor makes Hollywood's products look cobwebbed.” — John DeFore

5 Days of War” (R) “A tired old quote about truth being the first casualty of war is a strange way to start ‘5 Days of War,’ an overwrought drama that, whatever its good intentions, could hardly be said to aim for objectivity in its account of the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia.” — John DeFore

Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place” (R) “Who was Ken Kesey?... By the end of ‘Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place,’ you'll have one answer: ‘A straight-up-the-middle-of-the-road citizen who just happens to be an acid head.’” — Michael O’Sullivan

Summer Pasture” (Unrated) “An expanse of grassland in Eastern Tibet earns its name, Wu-Zui, as the highest, coldest, poorest, largest and most remote stretch of China's Sichuan Province. But the story that unfolds there... the tale of a nomadic family of three during the summer of 2007 - is warm and surprisingly cheery.” — Stephanie Merry

The Names of Love” (Unrated) “‘The Names of Love’ is somewhat serious about French politics but not about anything else. It's a playfully sexy farce that plays like a Gallic ‘Annie Hall’... ” — Mark Jenkins

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