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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2011

New movies: ‘Rio,’ ‘The Conspirator,’ ‘Scream 4’

“The voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and Leslie Mann team up in this week’s release ‘Rio.’” (Blue Sky Studios)
This week’s new movie releases include a 3-D family flick set in the colorful Rio de Janeiro, a Civil War drama and the fourth installment of the ‘Scream’ slasher series. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Rio” (G) “From the very first production number... this is a movie that imbues even the hoariest quest-peril-life lesson tropes of family animated films with new life and rhythm.” — Ann Hornaday

The Conspirator” (PG-13) “The prime reason to see ‘The Conspirator’ is [Robin] Wright, who refuses to soften... [her] character despite [Robert] Redford’s attempts to make her a victim.” — Ann Hornaday

Scream 4” (R) “If it were a person, [‘Scream 4’] would be a 17-year-old bulimic girl, desparate for the attention of 17-year-old boys and alternately bingeing on cheesy slasher-flick cliches, and purging, by pointing out, over and over, just how gag-me-with-a-spoon cheesy they are.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Rubber” (R) “The live-action thriller, a tongue-in-cheek splatter flick about a sentient car tire on a killing spree, rolls straight over silly, smashing through stupid without stopping and then barreling into a kind of insane comic brilliance without so much as a speed bump to slow it down.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1” (PG-13) “Director Paul Johansson has been fair to Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’... it is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand’s free-market fable.” — Mark Jenkins

Heartbeats” (Unrated) “Who hasn’t seen love and logic become mutually exclusive? But, for a story about ardor, there’s surprisingly little emotion at the center of ‘Heartbeats.’” — Stephanie Merry

I Will Follow” (PG-13) “Played out over the course of a single day, as a young woman takes stock of things after the death of a beloved, cancer-stricken aunt, the movie goes down easy — too easy at times — with overly familiar rhythms and a honeyed gloss of cloying melodrama.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Fly Away” (Unrated) “When it comes to demonstrating the difficulties of raising a severely autistic child, ‘Fly Away’ succeeds... The impact of the story is a bit tempered by acting that feels wooden, questionable use of slow-mo and a predictable turn of events.” — Stephanie Merry

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