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New movies: ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ ‘Take Me Home Tonight’

In this week’s movie releases, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt evade mysterious agents in “The Adjustment Bureau,” Topher Grace harkens back to the 1980s in “Take Me Home Tonight” and Johnny Depp is pure neo-Western genius in the animated flick “Rango.” Here’s what Post critics had to say:

The Adjustment Bureau” (Three and a half stars, PG-13) “Like ‘Inception’ before it, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ does a dazzling job of folding time and space in on themselves. But in this case, the visual effects are even more seamlessly integrated into the story, never overwhelming its delicate balance of existential dread and old-fashioned yarn-spinning.” -- Ann Hornaday

Beastly” (Two stars, PG-13) “Getting teens to look past the superficial may be a noble goal, but when they’re staring at the pretty but talentless Pettyfer, it’s a hard lesson to take seriously.” -- Sandie Angulo Chen</p>

Putty Hill” (One and a half stars, Unrated) “Putty Hill’’ uses improvised dialogue and nonprofessional actors in a bid for authenticity. Yet some aspects of the production feel contrived, which is even more damaging to the movie than its lack of narrative drive.” -- Mark Jenkins

Rango” (Three stars, PG) “Depp possesses one of the finest speaking voices in the business -- a nimble, mellifluous instrument that can go from sexy growl to fey warble in no seconds flat. And he brings all that protean talent to bear on Rango, this ingenious neo-Western’s protagonist who isn’t just chameleon-like but a chameleon, period.” -- Ann Hornaday

A Somewhat Gentle Man” (Two and a half stars, Unrated) “In some ways, there isn’t much going on in Hans Petter Moland’s movie. Ulrik’s moderately meaningless life consists mainly of working as a mechanic during the day and watching Polish game shows in a dingy basement at night. What’s interesting is the cast of offbeat characters who infiltrate Ulrik’s dull existence.” -- Stephanie Merry

Take Me Home Tonight” (One and a half stars, R) “The setting for ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ -- Southern California circa 1988 -- should provide some decent laughs, between the mountains of cocaine, pastel popped collars and “Bette Davis Eyes.” But after the gimmick begins to fade, what remains is less than likable characters inhabiting an all-too-familiar plot.” -- Stephanie Merry


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