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'Arthur,' 'Your Highness,' 'Hanna,' 'Soul Surfer' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Arthur: In this remake of the 1981 classic, Russell Brand fills the role originated by Dudley Moore, a playboy who stands to inherit a fortune if he marries a woman chosen by his family.  The problem: he's in love with someone else.  Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Your Highness: Set in medieval times, this comedy stars Danny McBride and James Franco as two princes, Thadeous and Fabious, who must save Fabious' bride-to-be from an evil wizard.  Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel also star.  Rated R.

-- Hanna: A 16-year-old girl who was trained to be an assassin embarks upon a mission while being chased down by government agents.  Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Soul Surfer: The film tells the true story of female teen surfer named Bethany Hamilton, who had her left arm bitten off by a shark, but later made a comeback.  AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood star.  Rated PG.´╗┐

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Movie Review: 'Arthur' 

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- When we first meet Russell Brand's Arthur, he’s drunk and preparing to embarrass his mother by appearing at an important investor's dinner dressed in a Batman outfit, via the Batmobile -- a recent purchase.  It's all downhill from there. 

Brand, perhaps one of the world's most intelligent and articulate comedians, is never believable as an alcohol-dependent playboy manchild.  He is also underserved by an uninspired script that relies too heavily on the cast -- and only Helen Mirren, as Hobson, the role originally played by Sir John Gielgud, rises to the occasion. 

While there are a few funny moments, they are moments that would've been funny in any film and have absolutely nothing to do with the story. Two out of five stars.

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