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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011

New movies: ‘Shame,’ ‘The Other F Word’

Actor Michael Fassbender as Brandon on the set of ”Shame.” (Abbot Genser)
It’s a slow week for movies. But there were two openings this week: Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” which documents the life of a sex addict in New York; and “The Other F Word,” Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’s documentary on former punk-rockers as dads. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Shame” (NC-17) “In ‘Shame,’ Steve McQueen's mournful portrait of an addict hitting rock bottom, Michael Fassbender plays a man committing suicide by accumulation, seeking self-annihilation through the compulsive pursuit of sex. But what movies so often relegate to the margins of pornography or sophomoric titillation is radically redefined here, stripped of its erotic charge and depicted as a numbing erasure of life and emotion.” — Ann Hornaday

The Other F Word” (Unrated) “This beautifully shot and requisitely gritty movie could have been simply a sweet tale of people who don't look like average dads encountering all of the terrifying and rewarding territory that comes with parenthood. And it is that movie. But it's also one of the better rock movies to explore - and explode - the myth of being in a rock band, particularly an aging, working band that has managed to hang on and still make a living.” — Joe Heim

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