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Posted at 2:28 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Movies: 'Bieber,' 'Just Go With It,' 'Gnomeo and Juliet'

By Jessica Righthand

"Never Say Never" gives Bieber fans something to shriek over. (Paramount Pictures)

In this week's new movie releases: "Romeo and Juliet" as gnomes, the golden 'tween locks of pop sensation Justin Bieber. A father who keeps his children shut inside. Here's what Post critics had to say:

"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (G) "The big question is whether any folks who don't shriek at the mere mention of the Biebs' name will leave the theater with a case of Bieber Fever. Answer: Perhaps a mild case, but nothing too serious." -- David Malitz

"Cedar Rapids" (R) "Like too many movies set in the bland, clueless Midwest of filmmakers' imaginations, 'Cedar Rapids' wants to have it both ways -- mocking Tim's naivete one moment, idealizing it the next -- but eventually the movie proves as disarming as Tim (Ed Helms) himself, delivering a vote for humanism that proves satisfying if not entirely earned." -- Ann Hornaday

"Gnomeo and Juliet" (G) "In the animated 'Gnomeo & Juliet,' creator Kelly Asbury has discovered imaginative ways to freshen up the timeless material and introduce it to the next generation." -- Sean O'Connell

"The Eagle" (PG-13) "If only there were some way to turn off the plausibility detector in your brain. Moviegoers capable of suspending disbelief for a couple of hours are the most likely to appreciate the Roman Empire-era action flick 'The Eagle,' which becomes absurd precisely when Channing Tatum marches onto the scene as a Roman army commander." -- Stephanie Merry

"Outside the Law" (Unrated) "While the movie, which follows the final years of France's colonial rule over Algeria, doesn't do the French government any favors, director Rachid Bouchareb also doesn't romanticize the revolutionaries...Despite the hubbub, the film feels like a thoughtful piece of fiction." -- Stephanie Merry

"Dogtooth" (Unrated) "A hot shower may really hit the spot after the closing credits. But even a good lather won't wash away some of the film's unshakable images, including one scene of self-inflicted violence so troubling it makes Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' cuticle savagery look like a paper cut." -- Stephanie Merry

"Just Go With It" (PG-13) "In between crass product placements for Pizza Hut and Pepsi, writers Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling cram in as many references to pooping and peepee as possible, all the while making 'Just Go With It' sophomoric enough to appeal to kids and raunchy enough to make it inappropriate for them. " -- Ann Hornaday

By Jessica Righthand  | February 11, 2011; 2:28 PM ET
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