Seen and reviewed (July 25)

New films this week:

— “Blind Mountain” (not rated), a drama about abused, rural Chinese brides.
— “Encounters at the End of the World” (rated G), filmmaker Werner Herzog’s documentary about Antartica research and wildlife.
— “Step Brothers” (rated R), a comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as adult adolescents.
— “The Wackness” (rated R), a coming-of-age, ’90s-period comedy starring Ben Kingsley.
— “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” (rated PG-13), a second spin-off movie based on the long-running television series.

Herzog’s latest movie is peculiar, but is beautifully shot and is fascinating. “The Wackness” is cliched and overly familiar, though. And “Blind Mountain” was not screened for critics in this market.

The crass “Step Brothers” isn’t any better. And it’s hard to believe that it took the “X-Files” creators 10 years to come up with this dull movie spin-off.

These newcomers all face considerable competition from the previous weekend’s box-office champ, the blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”

Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?

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