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“30 Minutes or Less”

The director of “Zombieland” reunites with Jesse Eisenberg to create a vulgar black comedy that will polarize audiences much like “Observe and Report” and “Pineapple Express” did.

2.5 stars

“Another Earth”

The story about the appearance of a second Earth forgoes the science in favor of a moody relationship drama.

2.5 stars

“Apollo 18”

The “recovered” footage from a super-secret NASA project reveals why we never went back to the moon. Because it’s really far?

“The Change-Up”

Despite the hackneyed switched-bodies plot and some lowbrow jokes, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds produce some genuinely funny moments.

2.5 stars

“Crazy, Stupid, Love”

This film pairs romantic comedy cliches with indie film quirkiness, yet it’s successful thanks to a stellar cast and some clever dialogue.

3 stars

“The Debt”

A well-told thriller in the vein of last year’s “The Ghost Writer,” it tells the story of a secret operation to capture a Nazi war criminal.

3.5 stars

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

Don’t tell me what to do!

Fright Night”

A remake of the 1985 cult classic deftly alternates between amusing moments and intense action sequences.

3 stars

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

There are thrills and laughs in the bittersweet ending to the beloved books’ big screen adaptation.

3.5 stars

“The Help”

Based on the best-selling novel, this film captures the racism and tensions in the South during the early ’60s, but it plays for laughs too much.

2.5 stars

“Horrible Bosses”

Leaving a job in this economy? That’s not an option. So Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman turn to Plan B in this darkly comedic romp: murdering one another’s bosses.

3 stars

“One Day”

A ships-passing-in-the-night romance tries an intriguing twist on the formula, but the results don’t spark.

2 stars

“Our Idiot Brother”

Paul Rudd plays the idiot brother who’s taken in by his three sisters after he serves a stint in jail for selling weed to a uniformed cop.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

More shenanigans from those damn, dirty apes — this time with James Franco.

“Sarah’s Key”

Juxtaposing the little-known story of French police detaining Jews during World War II with a modern-day journalist researching the event, the film is moving but dramatically uneven.

2.5 stars

“Seven Days in Utopia”

This story about a man who temporarily sucks at golf is an unexpectedly watchable, feel-good flick, but it’s crippled by an overt dose of Christianity.

2.5 stars