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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/12/2011

New movies: ‘The Help,’ ‘Glee’

Emma Stone and Viola Davis star in “The Help,” based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. Dreamworks. (Dale Robinette)
In this week’s new movies, Emma Stone and Viola Davis star in the much-anticipated adaptation of the novel “The Help,” the stars of “Glee” shine in 3D and more. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Glee the 3D Concert Movie” (PG) “...The movie is entertaining and, admittedly, completely unnecessary... it also would have worked just as well as a heavily promoted special television event broadcast over Thanksgiving weekend.” — Jen Chaney

The Help” (PG-13) “...Readers who felt they came to intimately know characters such as Celia, Minny and Skeeter are likely to greet their alter egos on screen like cherished, long-lost friends.” — Ann Hornaday

The Guard” (R) “‘The Guard’ still offers a steady stream of alternately tough and sweet humor, delivered by first-time writer-director John Michael McDonagh with a bright, poppy color palette and whiz-bang politico-cultural references.” — Ann Hornaday

The Whistleblower” (R) “Inspired by actual events, ‘The Whistleblower’ is a classic example of a film that doesn't trust the strength of its source material - or the intelligence of its audience.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” (Unrated) “As one expert says, Aleichem's power was that he showed shtetl Jews that ‘their petty little lives were not petty.’ This film does great justice to reaffirming Aleichem's contributions.” — Adam Bernstein

If a Tree Falls” (Unrated) “While Marshall Curry's documentary is clearly sympathetic to its central character, it gains credence from its well-rounded approach to the story of both McGowan and the history of the ELF.” — Stephanie Merry

30 Minutes or Less” (R) “...Beholding Eisenberg in Fleischer's relentlessly vulgar and un-funny ‘30 Minutes or Less’ is akin to watching a ring-tested champion punch far below his weight. What a comedown.” — Ann Hornaday

Final Destination 5” (R) “‘Final Destination 5’ isn’t as novel as it hopes to be, but it gets the job done.” — John DeFore

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