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Weekend movie power rankings: Ryan Gosling reprises the “Drive” shtick

How this weekend's new releases stack up, based on reviews by the Post's movie critics:  

"Jurassic Park 3D" (Four Velociraptors) "Steven Spielberg’s edge-of-your-seat blockbuster celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 3-D Imax restoration that improves digital effects that were considered spectacular for their time. The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel hasn’t aged one bit." (This re-release wasn't given an official star rating, but Four Velociraptors is high praise indeed.)

"From Up on Poppy Hill" (★★★½) "The surprise with “From Up on Poppy Hill” is that the Miyazaki in the director’s seat isn’t 72-year-old Hayao but his son, Goro, who proves superbly well-poised to carry on his father’s legacy. The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic." (Ann Hornaday)

Umi Matsuzaki is a teenage girl in charge of her household in “From Up on Poppy Hill,” a new anime film from Goro Miyazaki. (©2011 Chizuru Takahashi - Tetsuro Sayama - GNDHDDT)

"Tabu" (★★) "Most unexpected of all is the way this cliche of forbidden love moves us, with a power that transcends the inherent melodrama. It takes a while to get to the meat of the movie, but it’s well worth the wait." (Michael O'Sullivan)

"The Revolutionary Optimists" (★★) "The documentary “The Revolutionary Optimists” offers a lesson in current events with a glimpse of everyday life in India. But a more important takeaway can be gleaned from the film’s subject, Amlan Ganguly, who keeps his chin up even when the setbacks keep rolling in." (Stephanie Merry)

"The Place Beyond the Pines" (★½) "Playing the same kind of taciturn, smoking-hot loner that he embodied as the getaway man in “Drive,” here [Ryan] Gosling plays a drifter named Luke, who makes his living on the road as a motorcycle stunt rider." (Ann Hornaday)

"Reality" (½) "A thermometer inserted into a glass of water, for example, doesn't merely measure the temperature, but alters it slightly. That, in a nutshell, explains why the term “reality TV” is such an absurd misnomer. But the Italian film “Reality” takes it one step further: Does being watched make you a better or worse person? And what if you’re not being watched but only think you are?" (Michael O'Sullivan)

"Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" (½) "'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners' offers a valuable glimpse of our own history -- not to mention an eerily relevant reminder of how laws and rhetoric surrounding gun control have been shaped by racial politics." (Ann Hornaday)

"Evil Dead" () "Hey, when you’re face to face with the bloodthirsty fiend who has inhabited the body of your best pal, you grab whatever tools are available." (Michael O'Sullivan)

Jane Levy plays Mia, a junkie whose drug intervention in a remote cabin doesn’t go quite as planned, in “Evil Dead,” a remake of a 1981 cult horror film. (Kristy Griffin)
Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.



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