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Mr. Moviefone reviews 'Green Lantern,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

06/17/2011 by 'Mr. Moviefone' Russ Leatherman

This week at the movies, Jim Carrey's penguins are poppin' and Ryan Reynolds is saving the world in "Green Lantern."

Based on the DC comic, Reynolds is a test pilot and the first human ever recruited into the Green Lantern Corps, a group of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order. When a powerful enemy threatens Earth, it's up to Reynolds, sporting his new awesome ring, to master his new powers and save humanity. Also starring are Blake Lively, Tim Robbins, Peter Sarsgaard and Angela Bassett.

The Reel Deal: In brightest day, in darkest night, no bad movie shall escape my sight, let those who make them fear my smite, beware my power, "Green Lantern" bites! I'm out.

He's not Ace Ventura, but Jim Carrey is talking to animals again in "Mr. Popper's Penguins."

Carrey plays a workaholic and constant disappointment to his family. That is until a crate full of penguins turns up at his door. And the harder he tries to give them back, the more the penguins teach him about life, love and how to let loose.

The Reel Deal: With a winning smile and plenty of talent, put Jim Carrey with animals and you know it's money. Although it's good, but not quite infectious, "Mr. Popper's Penguins" is precociously precious. I'm in.

In limited release, there's "The Art of Getting By," in which Freddie Highmore plays an underachieving, unmotivated teen whose perspective changes when he meets an adventurous new girl.

There's also the documentary "Jig," about the ultracompetitive world of Irish step dancing.

For all your showtimes, tickets, my Six Second Reviews and so much more, go to America's favorite movie guide, Moviefone.com, or you can call 1-800-777-FILM. If you want to drop me a note it's MrMoviefone@aol.com or Facebook.com/mrmoviefone.

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