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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2011

New movies: ‘Win Win,’ ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules’

Paul Giamatti plays a lawyer and high school wrestling coach in ”Win Win.” (Kimberly Wright/Twentieth Century Fox Film)
In this week’s new movies, a high school wrestling coach bonds with a withdrawn teenager, a “wimpy” kid grapples with a big crush and a Somalian girl leaves oppression behind to become a supermodel and activist. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Win Win” (R) “[Paul] Giamatti stars in a wrestling picture that reinvigorates the genre with verve, warmth and heart. ‘Win Win’ exemplifies movies the way they oughtta be.” — Ann Hornaday

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” (PG) “Oddly, the latest live-action adaptation of author and illustrator Jeff Kinney’s bare-bones novel/comic strip... comes across as more cartoonish and less sincere than the original... There’s too much effort expended on making the kids cute and cuddly, instead of plausible.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Certified Copy” (Unrated) “‘Certified Copy’ is both fascinating and frustrating. [Filmmaker Abbas] Kiarostami asks some good, hard questions about fact and fiction. But in the end it’s hard to see the line between the bruising, confusing head game that the protagonists engage in with each other and the one that Kiarostami has set up with us.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Bill Cunningham New York” (Unrated) “Isn’t it wonderful when good things happen to good people?... The documentary delves into the photographer’s private life with all the tact and care Cunningham has shown his own subjects.” — Stephanie Merry

Desert Flower” (Unrated) “‘Desert Flower’ has all the trappings of a good fairy tale, especially those moments of despair so extreme that a happy ending seems almost impossible. But what makes Sherry Hormann’s film astounding is that it’s real. The autobiography-turned-biopic is based on the life of African nomad, supermodel and activist Waris Dirie.” — Stephanie Merry

I Am” (Unrated) “There are great filmmakers — Chris Marker and Nanni Moretti come to mind — whose cinematic essays render their first-person musings utterly compelling. Shadyac is not in their league... However well-meaning, ‘I Am’ is just a rich guy’s self-indulgence.” — Mark Jenkins

Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny” (Unrated) “There’s no disputing Churchill’s pivotal role in history... Still, what separated ‘Walking With Destiny’ from a run-of-the-mill war documentary isn’t necessarily its insights into its main subject but its tangential stories about fascinating nobodies.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (Unrated) “An eerie yet serene vision of death, ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ is director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest vision of his personal twilight zone: the forests of his native Thailand. This haunted non-horror film, which won the top prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, is decidedly strange, but also gentle and sweet.” — Mark Jenkins

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