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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/31/2012

‘The Possession’ and more new movies

Natasha Calis stars as ‘Em’ in “The Possession.” Films by Lionsgate. (Diyah Pera)
This week’s new movies include a Jewish variant on “The Exorcist” and a screen adaptation of Mike Birbiglia’s play “Sleepwalk With Me.” Here’s what the Post critics thought:

The Possession” (PG-13) “Anyone who actually believes in dybbuks and other ghoulies will find ‘The Possession’ terrifying. For the rest of us, the movie is a cleverly constructed, well-paced piece of hokum. Director Ole Bornedal, a Danish film veteran, is craftier than most of the young pups making horror pictures these days, and Juliet Snowden and Stiles White’s script actually tells a story, rather than just stringing together a series of loud noises and shock cuts.” — Mark Jenkins

Sleepwalk With Me” (Unrated) “With warmth, unsparing self-awareness and that ineffable Everyman appeal sometimes called ‘relatability,’ [Mike] Birbiglia proves to be as engaging a presence on the screen as he has been all these years onstage and over the radio waves.” — Ann Hornaday

Lawless” (R) “‘Lawless,’ in contrast, feels less like it’s breaking new ground than going through old motions. A movie about outlaws — whether indulging or interrogating their self-styled legend — should never play it this safe.” — Ann Hornaday

The Bullet Vanishes” (Unrated) “[Nicholas] Tse, a North American-raised matinee idol, and Lau, a veteran character actor with a hangdog face, make a fine team. They’re great fun together, even when the overplotted script insists on one twist too many. A savvy detective seeks the most elegant solution, but ‘The Bullet Vanishes’ prefers the hopelessly tangled and laughably implausible.” — Mark Jenkins

For a Good Time, Call...” (R) “The idea of ‘bromance’ is funny and surprising precisely because it challenges traditional conceptions of manliness. What’s so revolutionary, then, about a ‘bramance’ in which two girls bond over men and each other’s wardrobes? I’m all for sexual liberation and applaud the recent uptick in female-driven comedies. But when ‘For a Good Time, Call . . .’ is over and you’re free to leave the theater, the only one who will be liberated is you.” — Jess Righthand

Also: Read up on the upcoming DC Shorts Film Festival.

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