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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/01/2011

New movies: ‘Transformers,’ ‘Larry Crowne’


Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star in “Larry Crowne.” ( Bruce Talamon)
In this week’s new movies, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberst star in a predictable romantic comedy, the new installment of “Transformers” is less than transformative and a documentary about the New York Times proves incisive and informative. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Larry Crowne” (PG-13) “The film is comfortably familiar. Like the scooter gang that’s central to the film’s plot — and Larry’s metamorphosis — ‘Larry Crowne’ putters down the middle of the road with its helmet strapped on tight. It’s a safe, non-risk-taking ride.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (PG-13) “Rather than streamline the vehicle, director Michael Bay and his team have dumped more nuts, bolts and carburetors on the pile. So this Autobot-vs.-Decepticon adventure runs even longer than its predecessor, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,’ which was plenty long enough.” — Mark Jenkins

Monte Carlo” (PG) “It’s clear how things will end, but that doesn’t change the fact that starry-eyed girls and rabid fans of Gomez will probably go gaga for the movie. It is ultimately a sweet story, after all, and a few scenes might even make them LOL." — Stephanie Merry

Trollhunter” (PG-13) “Picture a Norwegian version of ‘The Blair Witch Project,’ but with CGI trolls, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from ‘Trollhunter.’” — Michael O’Sullivan

Page One: Inside the New York Times” (R) “Director [Andrew] Rossi is really interested in taking the biggest possible picture of the contemporary media landscape. That includes cable and broadcast TV, the Internet, the impact of corporate ownership on newspapers, the rise of news aggregation sites and tablet computing.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Passione” (Unrated) “John Turturro’s performance film ‘Passione’ is a loosely and lovingly strung together documentary exploring the music of Naples, a gritty southern Italian port city he finds brimming with erotic fire and refined art. The movie, while often shy on insight, is an exhilarating showcase for both.” — Adam Bernstein

Update 11:20 a.m.: Note to readers: The movie directory in today’s Weekend section contained incorrect showtimes. See our website for correct theaters and showtimes.

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