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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

On screen this week: 'Sanctum,' 'The Illusionist,' 'The Housemaid'

By Jess Righthand

In "Sanctum," an underwater cave-diving expedition quickly turns deadly. (Universal Pictures)

This week's new movie releases range from cave-diving disasters to a folk lovefest. Here's what Post critics thought:

"Sanctum" (R) "Executive producer James Cameron might not have had much to do with "Sanctum," which is a relatively low-budget production. But the movie, directed by Alister Grierson, does use Cameron's 3-D cinematography techniques (which worked a lot better in "Avatar") and reflects his preference for spectacle over screenwriting." -- Mark Jenkins

"The Illusionist" (PG) "Whimsical touches abound, including an ornery pet bunny, a fun-loving Scotsman who walks up hills just to roll down and a trio of acrobats who travel by hopping to a chorus of "hep, hep, hep." The film feels most enchanting when these kinds of moments pop up, although they get less frequent as the little girl grows up and the story gets more serious." -- Stephanie Merry

"The Housemaid" (Unrated) "Although more explicit about certain things (sex, notably) than films made 50 years ago, "The Housemaid" still has a zipped-up quality. It intentionally leaves some questions unanswered and conjures a mood that's quietly bizarre." -- Mark Jenkins

"Troubadours" (Unrated) ""Troubadours" is not meant to harsh any mellows. Neville has rounded up a batch of talking heads who give firsthand memories (Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson, among them), critical insight (former Los Angeles Times writer Robert Hilburn) and some comic relief (former Troubadour regular Steve Martin) all while singing the praises of the glory days." -- David Malitz

"The Roommate" (PG-13), which also opens this week, did not screen for review.

By Jess Righthand  | February 4, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
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