Recently reviewed films now playing in area theaters:

• “30 Minutes or Less” (R) Pointlessly violent, profane, mean AND ugly, this crime adventure is funny for about five minutes and feels twice as long as its 83-minute running time. It’s a far cry from lead Jesse Eisenberg and director Ruben Fleischer’s last effort (“Zombieland”). 1 ½ stars — Michael Clark

• “Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie” (PG) Arriving conveniently just weeks before the start of the third season of “Glee” this concert film isn’t nearly the train wreck it could have been and does everybody a great favor by keeping everything short, sweet, zippy and to the point. 3 stars — MC

• “The Help” (PG-13) Based on the novel of the same name, “The Help” is a chick-bonding flick posing as a Civil Rights drama and admittedly has more than a few bright spots but is ultimately dragged down by a seriously overlong running time and glaring self-importance. 2 ½ stars — MC

• “Another Earth” (PG-13) With a mere $200,000 budget, first-time feature director Mike Cahill and his co-writer/leading lady Brit Manning have concocted a most original film that defies categorization and raises many metaphysical and philosophical questions. 3½ stars — Michael Clark

• “The Change-Up” (R) Set and filmed in Atlanta, this body-swap/bromantic comedy with Justin Bateman and Ryan Reynolds is short on originality but long on crude bathroom humor and brazen slapstick. Not a great date movie choice but will work for all-girls or guys night out. 3 stars — MC

• “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13) Apart from 1968 original, this origin/prequel is the best of the many POTA offerings. With an otherworldly performance via motion-capture by Andy Serkis, “Rise” transcends most high-brow sci-fi and low-brow action/adventures. 3½ stars — MC

• “Cowboys & Aliens” (PG-13) Director Jon Favreau recovers from the disaster that was “Iron Man 2” with this genre-bending mash-up that is far better than the title and trailers would indicate. The too serious Daniel Craig and sourpuss Harrison Ford head an impressive cast. 3 stars — MC

• “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (PG-13) A dream-team crack ensemble cast (led by Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling) makes the already pretty good script better than it is on paper and again, this film is far better — and vastly different – than the played-to-death trailers have indicated. 3½ stars — MC

• “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” (PG-13) Its been 20 years and director Wayne Wang is still going to have to keep looking for a worthy bookend to his masterpiece “The Joy Luck Club.” The filmmakers add insult to injury by unnecessarily padding the novel on which it is based. 1½ stars — MC