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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

New movies: ‘Safe House,’ ‘W.E.’

Rookie operative Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) tries to outwit legendary spy Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) in the action-thriller "Safe House." (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures)
In this week’s new movies, Ryan Reynolds attempts to establish himself as a serious actor in “Safe House” and Madonna creates a “beautiful mess” in “W.E.” Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Safe House” (R) “As fun as the movie is, it can’t make its own drama convincing, much less give [Ryan] Reynolds the nudge he needs toward Matt Damon-ville.” — John DeFore

W.E.” (R) “Conceived and directed by Madonna, ‘W.E.’ is a gorgeous mess. Both frantic and inert, the strained effort to wring heroic meaning from two un-heroic characters proves a task too daunting for even Madonna’s flinty determination.” — Ann Hornaday

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D” (PG) “Managing to make classic 19th-century ad­ven­ture yarns feel as wondrous and exotic as a Hallmark Channel special, ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ sincerely tries to pay homage to the likes of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson but is too contaminated by today’s tame sensibilities to make it fly.” — John DeFore

The Vow” (PG-13) “It’s a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise — and more laughs — than trailers suggest. Tatum, while still a bit deficient in the dramatic acting department, delivers some memorable quips. He and McAdams also have real chemistry.” — Stephanie Merry

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D” (PG) “There’s a disturbance in the Force called hype, and ‘Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ doesn’t begin to live up to its advance press.” — Excerpted from Rita Kempley’s 1999 review of the 2D version of the film.

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