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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/13/2012

New movies: ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘Land of Blood and Honey’

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Dennis Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's film “The Iron Lady.” (Alex Bailey - The Weinstein Company)
In this week’s new movies, Meryl Streep is too good as Margaret Thatcher and Angelina Jolie’s writing/directing career is off to a good start. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Iron Lady” (PG-13) “Meryl Streep disappears so uncannily into former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ that her performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice.” — Ann Hornaday

In the Land of Blood and Honey” (R) “Angelina Jolie makes an impressive writing and directing debut with ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey,’ an ambitious if not entirely fully realized drama about the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia.” — Ann Hornaday

Joyful Noise” (PG-13) “Praise the Lord for the talents of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, because without their comedic skills and saucy portrayals, the gospel-fueled ‘Joyful Noise’ might have descended into an overwhelming schmaltz-fest.” — Stephanie Merry

Contraband” (R) “Watching [‘Contraband’] leaves you feeling less buzzed than jittery and slightly nauseated. If the ‘Ocean's’ movies were martinis, ‘Contraband’ is a thermos full of coffee.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Carnage” (R) “In this leaden production - directed in a rare flat-footed outing by Roman Polanski - what are supposed to be transgressive observations about the holy state of parenthood and matrimony instead come across as self-satisfied and shallow as the pieties [writer Yasmina] Reza intends to puncture.” — Ann Hornaday

Corman’s World: Exploits of a Holywood Rebel” (R) “Still at it after 400 movies and counting, Corman emerges in ‘Corman's World’ as a consummate insider of uncommon wisdom and character... Roger Corman has been called a ‘schlockmeister’ and the ‘King of the B's,’ but from here he looks like the last sane man in Hollywood.” — Ann Hornaday

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