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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012

‘This Is 40,’ ‘Rust and Bone’ and more new movies

In this week’s new releases, the Judd Apatow relationship comedy “This is 40” gets a lukewarm reception, while French filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” gets four stars. Here’s what the Post critics had to say about this week’s new releases:


This Is 40” (R) “As unstructured as a sweatsuit, ‘This Is 40’ nevertheless is a comfortable fit for its stars, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, who bring a laid-back chemistry and prickly energy to writer-director Judd Apatow’s amiably angsty comedy about a married couple facing midlife.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Jack Reacher” (PG-13) “Presumably taking a long, self-indulgent glance at his What Would Clint Do? bracelet, Tom Cruise takes on the iconic role of surly vigilante in ‘Jack Reacher,’ resulting in a mismatch of wincingly epic proportions.” — Ann Hornaday


Rust and Bone” (R) “. . . A movie that defies categorization, slips convenient genre boundaries, and leaves viewers feeling haunted and inspired in equal measure.” — Ann Hornaday


The Impossible” (PG-13) “It works, sometimes quite movingly, thanks to strong performances by [Naomi] Watts and [Ewan] McGregor. But Holland also is quite good as Lucas. The young actor manages a surprisingly nuanced portrayal of a child forced to grow up way faster than he -- or anyone else -- would ever have wished.” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Guilt Trip” (PG-13) “But such fleeting moments aren’t worth a tedious, cliched schlep that includes a painful stunt during which Streisand eats a four-pound steak and a pointless sequence when Joyce and Andy look at the Grand Canyon, turn around and leave, which turns out to be an apt metaphor for ‘The Guilt Trip’ itself.” — Ann Hornaday


Barbara” (Unrated) “With a combination of methodical, un-inflected storytelling and a spot-on sense of physical and emotional atmosphere, [Christian] Petzold creates an exceptionally­­ vivid portrait of a time that, in the intervening decades, seems both recent and ancient.” — Ann Hornaday


Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away” (PG) “‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’ has plenty of eye candy. But you’d expect that from any 3-D film built around the hot-dog acrobatics and seemingly magical stagecraft of the Montreal-based circus, now a global brand known for its imaginative yet rigorous integration of music, costumes, sets, story and performance. What the movie lacks, unfortunately, is coherence.”

— Michael O’Sullivan

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