Seen and reviewed (July 11)

New films this week:

— “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (rated PG-13), a sequel to the 2004 movie about a heroic demon (Ron Perlman).
— “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (rated PG), an effects-heavy reworking of the Jules Verne adventure tale, starring Brendan Fraser.
— “Meet Dave” (rated PG), a science-fiction comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a man-shaped spaceship and its tiny commander.
— “The Promotion” (rated R), a workplace competition comedy starring Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly.
— “Still Life” (not rated), a drama about the price of progress in rural China.
— “When Did You Last See Your Father?” (rated PG-13), a drama about father-son relationships, starring Colin Firth.

The art-house and foreign film releases are mixed at best, though the performances in both “The Promotion” and “Last See” are very good and make them watchable.

And at least they’re better than Murphy’s latest, low-brow feature.

Despite Fraser’s presence, “Journey” is a brain-dead thrillride. The visually creative “Hellboy II” is a bit too dark for wee ones, though the cheeky sense of humor is its salvation.

Also, “Journey” is showing in both 2-D and 3-D formats, though it’s considerably better seen in the latter. Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?

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