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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/01/2011

New movies: ‘Source Code,’ ‘Super’


Josh Radnor and Kate Mara star in “HappyThankYouMorePlease.” (Matt Marks)
In this week’s new movie releases, an average Joe takes his superhero alterego a bit too far, a former soldier gets caught in a race against the clock and a group of late twenty-somethings try to find their own way into late adulthood. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


Hop” (PG) “With rare exceptions, talking-animal movies are the bottom-dwellers of the cliche ridden family genre... ‘Hop,’ a piece of fluff as artificially sweetened as a fuchsia Peep, rises above these low expectations — but only barely.” — Sandie Angulo Chen


Insidious” (PG-13) “The movie ceases to be truly, deeply frightening at all, with a climax that’s uncomfortably close to that of ‘Poltergeist.’ The heart may still race, and the body may still jump at every turn, but the imagination — where the scariest stuff lives — has given up the ghost.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Source Code” (PG-13) “The nifty speculative thriller ‘Source Code’ obeys one of the fundamental rules of Hollywood, wherein amateurs borrow and professionals steal. In this case, screenwriter Ben Ripley has filched from the best, delivering a taut, mostly well-crafted race against the clock that combines the time-loop conceit of ‘Groundhog Day’ and the postwar paranoia of ‘The Manchurian Candidate.’” — Ann Hornaday


Super” (Unrated) “You can mark the moment when the movie (by writer-director James Gunn, a veteran of cable TV) stops being funny and starts being creepy. The violence is shockingly graphic and disturbingly realistic for what up to then has looked like a comedy. There’s a reason the movie is unrated.” — Michael O’Sullivan


HappyThankYouMorePlease” (R) “Written and directed by Josh Radnor (who also stars), this endearing if imperfect indie film trains its lens on a circle of late-20-something New Yorkers, each of whom is struggling to negotiate the passage into delayed adulthood in his or her own way.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Miral” (PG-13) “[Julian] Schnabel’s fourth feature uses compassion and a minimal amount of political discourse to document the assorted ways that the decades-spanning Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected three generations of forceful female characters.” — Sean O’Connell


The Music Never Stopped” (PG) “Just because a movie is based on a true story — however fascinating that true story may be — it doesn’t necessarily make for a fascinating movie. In the case of ‘The Music Never Stopped,’ it makes for an okay, if somewhat mawkish one.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Carancho” (Unrated) “‘Carancho’ translates to vulture, and fittingly, this riveting drama is all about debris... A surprisingly sweet love story emerges among the ruins of corruption and dead bodies, and seeing the two depleted main characters smile for the first time offers a momentary relief from all the depravity.” — Stephanie Merry


The Woodmans” (Unrated) “Although the documentary could easily be mistaken for a biography of the accomplished photographer Francesca Woodman, who died in 1981 at the age of 22 after taking her own life, Willis subtly teases out how her forceful personality, artistic gifts and posthumous success have impacted a family every bit as creative and ambitious as she was.”

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