Movies: June 24, 2011 | EW.com

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Movies: June 24, 2011

Reviews of what's at the box office, including ''Bridesmaids,'' ''The Hangover Part II,'' and more

Beginners
R, 1 hr., 45 mins.
A beautifully shaded drama about a father (Christopher Plummer) who reveals his true gay self late in life and the straight adult son (Ewan McGregor) who learns from his old man’s struggle. —LS

Bridesmaids
R, 2 hrs., 5 mins.
A heartrending comedy with Kristen Wiig as a maid of honor who sinks into a funk. —OG

The Hangover Part II
R, 1 hr., 42 mins.
Pretty funny. Once again, we have to work backward to find out what happened to Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis). The laughs aren’t just staged, they’re superlatively engineered. —OG

Kung Fu Panda 2
PG, 1 hr., 31 mins.
In this worthy sequel, roly-poly Po (Jack Black) must defeat a seething peacock and face down his own memories. At times, it’s like Bambi redone as an episode of Oprah. —OG

Midnight in Paris
PG-13, 1 hr., 34 mins.
Woody Allen’s latest stars Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter who, while in France, comes face-to-face with great artists and writers of the past. —LS

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
PG-13, 2 hrs., 16 mins.
In this plodding fourth chapter, Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow has lost any trace of surprise. —OG

Super 8
PG-13, 1 hr., 51 mins.
A loving, playful, and spectacularly well-made story about kids, zombies, movie love, aliens, American town life, summertime, and the effect of E.T.-era Steven Spielberg on the film-goer in all of us. —LS

The Tree of Life
PG-13, 2 hrs., 18 mins.
Brad Pitt is a revelation in Terrence Malick’s sprawling, epic cinematic tone poem that’s three parts brilliant evocation of 1950s boyhood and one part spiritual woo-woo. —LS

The Trip
Not Rated, 1 hr., 52 mins.
A hilarious road movie starring rogue cutups Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as versions of themselves. —OG

X-Men: First Class
PG-13, 2 hrs., 11 mins.
Playing friends before they became arch-enemies Professor X and Magneto, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are a casting triumph in this jaunty prequel/reboot. —LS