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Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 12/23/2011

New movies: ‘Warhorse,’ ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Jeremy Irvine in "War Horse." (DreamWorks II Distribution)
In this week’s new movies, Steven Spielberg comes out with “Warhorse” and “The Adventures of Tintin,” and the highly anticipated film adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” hits theaters. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

War Horse” (PG-13) “Man’s inhumanity to man is examined through a boy’s mystical connection to a horse in ‘War Horse,’ Steven Spielberg’s stirring, expertly manipulative adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel (which has already been adapted for a hit Broadway play).” — Ann Hornaday

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (R) “More profitably, at least where Hollywood is concerned, [Rooney Mara] allows ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ and director David Fincher to indulge in the kind of lurid, pulp violence and sadistic rituals that make torture-porn such a reliable genre, while flattering the intellectual and artistic pretensions of the audience by draping them in high-minded themes having to do with buried history, bourgeois hypocrisy and sexism.” — Ann Hornaday

We Bought a Zoo” (PG) “Happily, writer-director Cameron Crowe keeps the most mawkish manipulations to a minimum in a movie that moves through its requisite stages - grief, acceptance, zany sights gags and healing - with smooth, entertaining efficiency. You want the tough, spiky version of virtually the same story, see ‘The Descendants.’ You want sunshine and uplift, see ‘We Bought a Zoo.’” — Ann Hornaday

The Artist” (PG) “Capping off a year of movies dedicated to high-style nostalgia, ‘The Artist’ arrives like the last, lightest profiterole on the croquembouche. A delectable homage to the silent movies of the 1920s, Michel Hazanavicius’s romantic comedy plays like a sweet, airy confection, satisfying the audience’s sweet tooth with gentle wit, a lavish production and winning performances.” — Ann Hornaday

The Adventures of Tintin” (PG) “Sadly, Herge isn’t around to see ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ Spielberg’s crisp, richly rendered animated adaptation, which could be counted as both a success and a failure. Spielberg has brought Tintin to the big screen all right, but not quite to life.” — Ann Hornaday

My Reincarnation” (Unrated) “‘My Reincarnation’ is a fascinating, if inexpertly told, yarn. Its narrative flaws aren’t enough to ruin the documentary by filmmaker Jennifer Fox, but they do weaken its power.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Also opening: “The Darkest Hour

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