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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/02/2012

‘Total Recall’ and more new movies

Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel star in the action thriller “Total Recall.” (Michael Gibson)
In this week’s new movies, Colin Farrell supplants Arnold Schwarzenegger for a remake of “Total Recall” and the third installment of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” succeeds. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Total Recall” (PG-13) “Because while it may not be a fully realized take on [Philip K.] Dick’s forward-thinking work, it’s still a far better film than the [Paul] Verhoeven version. Oh, and it also features a woman with three breasts. Some remnants of the past, apparently, deserve to be revisited.” — Jen Chaney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” (PG) “The ‘Wimpy’ kid residing in all of us should find ample heart, hearty laughs and heaping helpings of wholesome humiliation in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,’ the third chapter in what has become a winning, family-friendly film franchise.” — Sean O’Connell

Searching for Sugar Man” (PG-13) “The mystery finally is solved, in a way that’s narratively satisfying. Indeed, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ pays off so neatly that viewers might suspect the movie is fiction.” — Mark Jenkins

Nobody Else But You” (Unrated) “Some movies stick with the viewer long after the credits roll, leaping to mind at random, begging to be mulled over and parsed. The eccentrically comedic French murder mystery ‘Nobody Else but You’ is not that movie.” — Stephanie Merry

Portrait of Wally” (Unrated) “Filmmaker Andrew Shea has deftly painted the surprisingly political saga of an artwork wrenched from a Jewish gallerist by the Nazis, and what amounted to a 70-year struggle to reclaim it, even as it hung publicly in major museums.” — Lavanya Ramanathan

Killer Joe” (NC-17) “A condescending tale of lowlife conspirators who are as gullible as they are homicidal, the movie begins as a pitch-black comedy. But the final act saps the humor, while more than earning the movie its rare NC-17 rating.” — Mark Jenkins

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