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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012

‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and more new movies


Charlize Theron gives an over-the-top performance as the evil queen Ravenna in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” (Photo Credit: Alex Bailey)
In this week’s new movies, too many bad apples spoil the lavish new Snow White adaptation and an adolescent love story becomes this summer’s art house sleeper hit. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


Snow White and the Huntsman” (PG-13) “Overlong, overcrowded, overstimulating and with an over-the-top performance by Charlize Theron as the evil queen Ravenna, the movie is a virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Moonrise Kingdom” (PG-13) “Of course, for viewers who happen to share Anderson’s taste for boldly framed, bespoke productions — in which everything looks (and most probably is) lovingly handmade and artisanal, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ will simply offer yet another chance to live, at least for a little while, in the kind of universe only Anderson can create.” — Ann Hornaday


For Greater Glory” (R) “An epic dramatization of a little-known chapter of Mexican history called the Cristiada -- in which the country’s Roman Catholics rebelled against a government crackdown on religion — ‘For Greater Glory’ is at times so heavy-handed that the movie itself seems at war. Unfortunately, the enemy is not just a repressive administration, but the audience.” — Michael O’Sullivan


U.N. Me” (PG-13) “It’s hard to know whether to laugh or be outraged by ‘U.N. Me,’ a documentary about the United Nations that borrows liberally from the Michael Moore playbook. Both reactions are intentional, according to filmmaker Ami Horowitz, who told a preview audience that he was inspired to make the movie after watching Moore’s 2002 ‘Bowling for Columbine.’” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Intouchables” (Unrated) “That it doesn’t get bogged down in a pity party is both the film’s greatest strength and its greatest weakness. On one hand, ‘The Intouchables’ is to be commended for portraying Philippe as a fully rounded person — a man who is more than his medical condition. Philippe can take a joke, even if he’s the butt of it. But it’s also more than a little unrealistic.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Turn Me On, Dammit!” (Unrated) “Fresh-faced actress Helene Bergsholm makes an auspicious debut as the exceptional — although certainly not abnormal — heroine of ‘Turn Me On, Dammit!’ Also making her auspicious debut of sorts is the writer-director, Norwegian documentarian Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, making the move to dramatic comedy with this wry if saucily subversive charmer, based on a novel by Olaug Nilssen.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Ultrasonic” (Unrated) “The black-and-white ‘Ultrasonic’ does have a few things going for it, including an inspired, enigmatic plot.” — Stephanie Merry


Bill W.” (Unrated) “This is a real portrait that demonstrates that even when alcoholics quit drinking, it doesn’t cure them of their other flaws. But it also gives credit where it’s due. Wilson was proud when he reached the milestone of helping 100 people quit drinking. He probably never imagined he would end up with 2 million followers.” — Stephanie Merry

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