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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 12/07/2012

‘Playing for Keeps’ flops, more new movies

Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler in “Playing for Keeps” directed by Gabriele Muccino. (Dale Robinette)
The Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps” did not fare well with Post critic Ann Hornaday this week. In her review, Hornaday calls the film “a dreary, dismally unfunny excuse for a romantic comedy.” Other new releases this week include the thriller “Deadfall,” starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, and “Burn,” an incisive documentary about firefighters in Detroit.

Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Playing for Keeps” (PG-13) “This clunky by-the-numbers place-holder serves to remind us all what dreck Hollywood is capable of pawning off on unsuspecting audiences. On the brighter side, it does provide something of a self-contained negative-feedback loop: Seeing ‘Playing for Keeps’ is a crime that is its own punishment.” — Ann Hornaday

Deadfall” (R) “Yes, there’s a powerfully creepy sensibility to “Deadfall.” But the way it handles the messiness of families -- a universal message given vivid metaphorical life in the blood and guts it leaves in its path -- is finally rewarding.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Burn” (Unrated) “On the surface, the documentary ‘Burn’ charts a year for a team of firefighters who battle an overwhelming number of blazes. But it’s also an emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.” — Stephanie Merry

Waiting for Lightning” (PG-13) “There’s more waiting than lightning in ‘Waiting for Lightning,’ a nonetheless watchable-enough documentary about the preparations leading up to professional skateboarder Danny Way’s historic 2005 attempt to sail over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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