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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

New movies: ‘The Hunger Games’ and more

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." (Murray Close - AP)
In this week’s new movies, the much anticipated film “The Hunger Games” finally hits theaters along with several foreign flicks. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Hunger Games” (PG-13) “If the series’s legions of fans miss a detail here or a sub-plot there, they’ll still recognize its bones and sinew, especially in Jennifer Lawrence’s eagle-eyed heroine Katniss Everdeen, who combines the unapologetic aggression of Artemis with the girlier wish-fulfillment fantasies of a bemused Cinderella.” — Ann Hornaday

Declaration of War” (Unrated) “Like a frank but poetic report from illness's front lines, ‘Declaration of War’ gives the audience a harrowing, vicarious trip to that far shore, a journey that in Donzelli's sensitive hands results in newfound understanding, empathy and emotional resonance.” — Ann Hornaday

Delicacy” (PG-13) — “In the inflexible calculus of movie romance, beauty and the beast don't add up. If there's a relationship between a gorgeous woman and an unattractive man - or vice versa - it's typically played for easy laughs. Either that, or the ugly duckling, who's often just a hot-looking movie star with a bad haircut and glasses, turns out to have been a swan all along. Not so with ‘Delicacy,’ a charming French love story about a beautiful widow (Audrey Tautou) and the schlub who loves her (Francois Damiens).” — Michael O’Sullivan

Jiro Dreams of Sushi” (PG) “The movie tends to be spare, recounting day-to-day routines in the beginning but ultimately settles into an engaging, sometimes humorous rhythm. Interviews with former co-workers and acquaintances add some nuance to the chef's serious facade. Those around him tend to look upon [Jiro] Ono's work with a mix of bafflement and awe, as if to say, ‘Can you believe this guy?’ — Stephanie Merry

The Raid: Redemption” (R) “It's not for everybody. But it is undeniably cinematic and even kind of thrilling - assuming you can stomach the wall of nauseating sound effects generated by repeated blows of feet and fists on flesh.” — Michael O’Sullivan

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” (Unrated) “You know how, when you're in love, you want to be close to your beloved? So close, in fact, that you almost want to become the other person? By, say, having cosmetic surgery so that you look more like your honey? No? If not, then you will find plenty to scratch your head about in ‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’...”

— Michael O’Sullivan

Footnote” (PG) “If the film's final moments don't turn out to be wholly satisfying, they don't undo the impact of the memorable lead-up. Most footnotes don't get a passing glance, but this one proves worthy of careful study.” — Stephanie Merry

October Baby” (PG-13) “Can we agree that directors (and brothers) Jon and Andrew Erwin are more successful at portraying drama than joy? Extended scenes are dominated by heavy dialogue, while the lighter moments are relegated to montages of prancing across a beach, for example, which simply aren't that effective at buoying the drama.” — Stephanie Merry

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