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'The Lego Movie,' tiny toys, huge laughs
Young and old fans alike know the joy of dumping a set of Legos on the floor and chucking that instruction manual. After all, throwing a portion of a helicopter on an incomplete racecar could produce the ultimate hybrid.
Unwarranted 'Smurfs 2'
Time flies when you're not wondering about the welfare of the Smurfs, those diminutive, animated blue-skinned forest-dwellers.
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Coming to theaters at the speed of slime
For an entertaining, heartwarming flick, watch this amicable garden snail escargot, escargoing and escargone. This one shell of an idea combines the two most unlikely elements together -- race cars and snails -- into a feel-good family-friendly film.
Family fun with 'Escape from Planet Earth'
Gary Supernova, from the movie "Escape from Planet Earth," is the underrated techie/inventor who steps out of his comfort zone to rescue his younger brother.
Not despicable at all
Too often, sequels to popular movies are built up with fanfare only to disappoint. Just a few months back, I left the theater shaking my head after watching "Taken 2" and "Hangover 3," so "Despicable Me 2" did not seem too promising. OK, so maybe I was still kind of excited to watch it (after all, I'm a sucker for Pixar films). But did I really think that Gru and his three girls could bring the same sparkly appeal that they had upon their first appearance in 2010? Not really. Turns out, I was both right and wrong.
'Epic' doesn't quite live up to its title
Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, "Epic" is a children's animated film that is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be.
'Madagascar 3' goes through the motions
Ben Stiller's Alex the lion reviews "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" so we don't have to. Halfway into the third animated tale about New York City zoo animals on their overseas adventures, Alex tells some new circus friends that their act was not too entertaining for families "because you were just going through the motions out there."
'Ice Age' flow
The familiar team of three -- Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the saber-tooth tiger -- are back to brave the harsh conditions of the Ice Age once again. Oh, and let's not forget Scrat the squirrel, whose determined pursuit of his beloved acorn, as always, launches the entire plot into motion.
'The Lorax' is a 3D treat
It's impossible not to be charmed by "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," a 3D animated rendering of the Seuss tale of environmental activism and the power of one person to make a difference. (Or in Seuss' words: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot / Nothing is going to get better. It's not.")
Puss in Boots (鞋貓劍客)
DreamWorks' cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in "Puss in Boots," a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the "Shrek" movies.
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