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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 04/26/2012

‘The Five-Year Engagement’ and more new movies

Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle in "The Five-Year Engagement." (Glen Wilson - © 2012 Universal Studios)
In this week’s new movies, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in a Judd Apatow rom-com and Anna Paquin plays a teenager who fears she caused a horrific accident. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Five-Year Engagement” (R) “Because it's so willing to drill down into Tom and Violet's misery, ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ involves a higher grim-to-grin ratio than its fluffier brethren.” — Ann Hornaday

Monsieur Lazhar” (PG-13) “Well, I'll tell you what's good: ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ is good. Really good. Philippe Falardeau's gentle, perceptive drama... takes viewers by the hand, not the throat, leading them through volatile emotional territory with assurance, compassion and lucid, steady-eyed calm.” — Ann Hornaday

Darling Companion” (PG-13) “Dogs and the women who love them form the warm and gooey center of ‘Darling Companion,’ Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.” — Ann Hornaday

The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (PG) “‘The Pirates!’ is awash with silliness. There are far more fleeting visual jokes than one can possibly digest in a single viewing. It makes for an experience that, while geared toward younger, more fidgety audiences, has enough humor to keep Mom and Dad from falling asleep.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Margaret” (R) “Ambitious, affecting, unwieldy and haunting, it's an eccentric, densely atmospheric, morally hyper-aware masterpiece that refuses to follow the strictures of conventional cinematic structure, instead leading the audience on a circuitous journey down the myriad rabbit holes that comprise modern-day Manhattan.” — Ann Hornaday

The Raven” (R) “See the right promotional photo of John Cusack playing Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Raven,’ and it briefly looks like a good idea... But then Edgar Allan Poe walks into a bar and starts talking, and we immediately understand why Cusack is not known for playing men who lived before 1984.” — John DeFore

Sound of My Voice” (R) “After ‘Another Earth’ - last year's breakout film for [Brit Marling] the 29-year-old Georgetown University grad, which she co-wrote with director Mike Cahill - and the new ‘Sound of My Voice’ (penned with director Zal Batmanglij), Marling seems less in danger of creating the same part over and over again than the same movie.” — Michael O’Sullivan

We Have a Pope” (Unrated) “Far from the screwball comedy that this opening scene makes the movie out to be, ‘We Have a Pope’ is a nuanced, moving and profoundly humane exploration of doubt, faith, weakness and resolve.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Salt of Life” (Unrated) “The problem is, as affable as Giovanni is, there's not much more to him. He's a milquetoast pushover who spends his time avoiding conflict while ogling younger women.” — Stephanie Merry

Elles” (NC-17) “Sex, the filmmaker argues, is a commodity that women have, that men want and that women will exchange for what they really want, e.g., a bathroom with a view or expensive shoes. It's not a very progressive idea, or an original one.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Fetih 1453” (Unrated) “For every soul-stirring clash... there's at least one laugh-out-loud moment. Making history may require only bravado, but making historical movies demands subtlety as well.” — Mark Jenkins

Also opening: “Safe

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