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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/10/2011

New movies: ‘Super 8,’ ‘Beginners’

J.J Abrams takes more than a handful of cues from Steven Spielberg in the hew “Super 8.” (Photo credit: Francois Duhamel)
In this week’s new movies, J.J. Abrams comes out with his much-anticipated sci-fi flick “Super 8,” Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor star in the heartwarming “Beginners” and teens bear their souls with slam poetry in “Louder Than a Bomb.” Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Beginners” (R) “[Filmmaker Mike] Mills, who wrote the script largely from events in his own life, addresses issues of history, culture, Los Angeles’s graffiti subculture and, yes, telepathic canines with deft, perceptive finesse.” — Ann Hornaday

Super 8” (PG-13) “Abrams has taken note of what made Spielberg’s movies work back in the day... But all too often the plot feels calculated rather than organic, the result of a time-tested formula rather than genuine innovation.” — Ann Hornaday

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” (PG) “Director John Schultz (‘Aliens in the Attic’) tries but fails to keep the attention of anyone older than 8..” — Sandie Angulo Chen

Louder Than a Bomb” (Unrated) “‘Louder Than a Bomb’ has a lot in common with such documentaries as ‘Spellbound’ and ‘Mad Hot Ballroom’: charismatic, if obsessed, kids and nail-biting suspense.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Just Like Us” (R) “If the finished product doesn’t quite bridge the gap between cultures, at least it’s an entertaining and sometimes eye-opening trip. And the ultimate message seems to be ‘make laughs, not war.’ Who would want to argue with that?” — Stephanie Merry

Submarine” (R) “There are no really profound insights in ‘Submarine’ except this: That you’ll never really know another person unless you’re willing to take the plunge.” — Michael O’Sullivan

City of Life and Death” (Unrated) “[Chinese writer-director Chuan] Lu tells a heartbreaking and, at times, almost unbearable story. At its best, it’s one that’s whispered, not shouted.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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