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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/06/2011

New movies: ‘Thor,’ ‘The Beaver,’ ‘Something Borrowed’

Marvel Studios brings “Thor” to the big screen. (Mark Fellman)
In this week’s new movies, the hammer-toting Marvel superhero comes to life, a depressed man finds his will to live through a beaver hand puppet and a bunch of unsympathetic characters find themselves in an unlovable love triangle. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Thor” (PG-13) “The effects are effective. The humor is humorous and just self-referential enough to let you know the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. And, in the role of Thor... the blond Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth seems born to the part.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (G) “To call ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ a great movie isn’t just an understatement, it’s a wildly inaccurate way to describe an experience that... more closely resembles an ecstatic trance.” — Ann Hornaday

The Beaver” (PG-13) “Here’s the astonishing surprise about ‘The Beaver’: Despite some misteps, this film stands as a moving portrait of a husband and father who reclaims his will to live with the unlikely help of a hand puppet. And the main reason it’s so moving? Mel Gibson.” — Jen Chaney

Something Borrowed” (PG-13) “The novel-turned-movie ‘Something Borrowed’ clinches it: It is not okay to sleep with the fiance of one’s best friend. What’s odd, and ultimately icky, is how enthusiastically the film attempts to justify doing so.” — Stephanie Merry

Jumping the Broom” (PG-13) “Any light moments are quickly nullified by the oppressive women vying for the title of world’s meanest mom. But maybe that means [it] is the perfect Mother’s Day movie, after all. No matter how crazy you think your mother is, it can’t get much worse than this.” — Stephanie Merry

Sympathy for Delicious” (Unrated) “In its rush to ground the godliness in some kind of gritty authenticity... ‘Sympathy for Delicious’ offers few moral — let alone theological — insights. It throws off a lot of heat but not much light.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Circo” (Unrated) “While some of the dialogue can seem a bit superficial, the scenes of circus life effectively fill in the blanks.” — Stephanie Merry

There Be Dragons” ( PG-13) “‘There Be Dragons’ is like fine wine, served in a Big Gulp cup. A little is very nice. A lot is way too much.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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