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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012

‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ ‘Bully’ and more new movies

Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in “The Cabin in the Woods.” Image provided by Lionsgate. (Photo credit: Diyah Pera)
In this week’s new movies, a quirky horror flick offers both laughs and scares and an incisive documentary exposes the real-life face of youth bullying. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Cabin in the Woods” (R) “A fiendishly clever brand of meta-level genius propels ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ a pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.” — Ann Hornaday

Bully” (PG-13) “...These heartbreaking stories of victimization, perseverance and adult cluelessness bring a necessary human face to an experience all too often banished to the realm of statistics or hazy ‘kids will be kids’ denial.” — Ann Hornaday

The Three Stooges” (PG) “The imbecilic ‘Stooges’ still manages to pummel you into submission with 92 minutes of relentless stupidity. Even by Stooges standards, it's overly juvenile and totally dumb. What I didn't expect was for it to be so dated and out of touch with what modern audiences find funny.” — Sean O’Connell

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” (PG-13) “It would be easy to laugh at some of these people, but [Morgan] Spurlock's gaze is never mocking, cruel or gratuitously mean. Still, he maintains enough clinical detachment to satisfy viewers who will find the whole thing a little weird. It's hard not to. Superhero costumes everywhere you look? Grown men collecting action figures? Who are these freaks?” — Michael O’Sullivan

Damsels in Distress” (PG-13) “After a 13-year absence, writer-director Whit Stillman returns with his signature brand of prolix, observational humor in ‘Damsels in Distress,’ a movie sure to reward the filmmaker's most die-hard fans, while doing little to quiet critics who found his work self-conscious to the point of insufferability.” — Ann Hornaday

Lockout” (PG-13) “‘Lockout’ is meat-and-potatoes filmmaking at its most basic. It's filling, all right, satisfying a basic hunger for red meat and carbs, but with nary a sprig of garnish (let alone a side salad). Enjoy it, in moderation. It's your recommended weekly allowance of schlock.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Blue Like Jazz” (PG-13) “Without being parodistic, it manages to poke fun at the air of privilege and strenuous political correctness common to lefty, liberal arts schools, while retaining a certain affection for their heartfelt quirks.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Also open: “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

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