Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/07/2012

‘The Words’ and more new movies

“The Words,” starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, is a film about plagiarizing that could have used some better writing. (Jonathan Wenk - CBS Films)
In this week’s new movies, Bradley Cooper stars as a writer who plagiarizes his book in “The Words.” Other new releases include two French films, “Beloved” with Catherine Deneuve and “Little White Lies” with Marion Cotillard.

Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Words” (PG-13) “‘The Words’ — a first-time directorial effort from Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, who also wrote the screenplay — is a well-acted but narratively limp indie that’s undermined by a failure to connect emotionally with its audience.” — Jen Chaney

Beloved” (Unrated) “‘Beloved,’ by writer-director Christophe Honore (‘Dans Paris’), somehow manages to feel sprawling and epic, while at the same time presenting an intimately observed view of two women’s love lives. It asks a simple question: Is it better to love or to be loved?” — Michael O’Sullivan

Bachelorette” (R) “One thing the film gets just right is the air of awkward, forced conviviality at weddings, rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties and the like. But the film’s central story line — which involves the efforts of the bridesmaids to repair the bridal gown after two of them rip it while mocking Becky’s weight — feels not just forced, but false.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Kumare” (Unrated) “What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi’s students and for the filmmaker himself. It’s a journey that also carries the film’s audience to a place that is completely unexpected. It’s a trip that’s deeply, even startlingly rewarding, for seekers and skeptics alike.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Toys in the Attic” (PG) “In other words, this isn’t a children’s film, despite the silly premise. [Jiri] Barta’s early work was unequivocally geared to adults. This one seems a strange, and not entirely successful, hybrid of a kiddie story and dark, mature themes.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Little White Lies” (Unrated) “The camera angles and mood shifts reveal Guillaume Canet’s immense talents as a director. Unfortunately, the subsequent 150-odd minutes also expose his shortcomings as a screenwriter.” — Stephanie Merry

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