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‘They Came Together,’ ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and other new movies, reviewed

In this week’s new releases, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in “They Came Together,” a film that pokes fun at Hollywood rom-coms. Optimus Prime and the other Transformers return to the big screen with a new cast, including Mark Wahlberg, in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) play it straight with their big-picture-perfect relationship in “They Came Together.” (JoJo Whilden)

½ “They Came Together” (R) “Trotting out each genre convention only to take the mickey out of them with vivisectionist glee, ‘They Came Together’ winds up being oddly cathartic: It awakens the audience from its lingering Nora Ephron-induced coma with a splash of cold water delivered straight from a clown’s boutonniere.” – Ann Hornaday

½ “Third Person” (R) “Somewhere inside ‘Third Person,’ a lifeless, hopelessly overworked romantic melodrama by Paul Haggis (‘Crash’), a pretty good movie is trying valiantly to get out.” – Ann Hornaday

★★½ “Korengal” (R) “‘Restrepo’ felt like the story of how boys become men. ‘Korengal’ feels like the story of how strangers become family.” – Michael O’Sullivan

½ “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (PG-13) “Some of the special effects are amazing. Bay shot the movie in Imax 3-D, and he makes the most of the technology. Watching a steamship get sucked into the air by a spaceship, only to be thrown back to the ground, might have viewers covering their heads. The problem is quantity.” – Stephanie Merry

★★★The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” (Unrated) “Barely a year after Swartz’s death, documentarian Brian Knappenberger debuted ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz’ at the Sundance Film Festival. That’s quite a turnaround for a movie about the prodigy’s life and death, especially one this rousing and persuasive.” – Stephanie Merry

★★★In Bloom” (Unrated) “When a gun lands in the hands of a defiant 14-year-old, a bleak drama suddenly turns into a stomach-churning suspense film. Every moment seems like it could lead Natia to pull the trigger, whether she’s being stalked by a young man trying to force her into marriage or dealing with the hateful bully who terrorizes her best friend’s walk home from school.” – Stephanie Merry

★★★Led Zeppelin Played Here” (Unrated) “Some questions are cloaked in the mists of prehistory. Who built Stonehenge? Why did the Mayan civilization collapse? Did Led Zeppelin perform at the Wheaton Youth Center on Jan. 20, 1969? That last mystery might seem the easiest to solve. There are, after all, people who claim to have attended the concert. Several of them make their case in ‘Led Zeppelin Played Here,’ an entertaining if inconclusive documentary by local filmmaker Jeff Krulik, who’s probably best known for 1986’s ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot.’” – Mark Jenkins

★★★Violette” (Unrated) “Movies about the literary process can prove problematic. The act of writing is a solitary one. Yet ‘Violette’ mostly avoids the pitfalls associated with movies about writers by limiting the scenes of Violette scribbling furiously in a notebook.” – Michael O’Sullivan

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.



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