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  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

    A lumpy stew of weak characterization, lame gags, ADD-afflicted storytelling, and dazzling visual invention, this computer-generated kid flick (2009) concerns a nerdy young inventor (given voice by Bill Hader) who accidentally unleashes technology that turns rain into pizza, burgers, etc. Determined to have their cake and eat it too, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first invite us to revel in ice cream mountains and nacho cheese fountains, then clobber us with ham-handed nutritional moralism. more...
  • The Illusionist (PG)

    Sylvain Chomet, the talented French animator who created The Triplets of Belleville (2003), has gotten his hands on an irresistible screen property: an original script that comic giant Jacques Tati wrote in the late 50s but never filmed. more...
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

    Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, and Gary Oldman lend their voices to this sequel that finds Po, the eponymous fighter, struggling to defeat a new villain who's found a way to stop kung fu in China. more...
  • The Lion King (G)

    Eschewing fairy tales and other literary sources, Disney's usual bread and butter for cartoon musicals, this animated feature about animal life in an African forest (1994) is based on an original script by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. more...
  • Planet 51 (PG)

    In this 2009 digital animation, a NASA astronaut (visually reminiscent of Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear, and given voice by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) arrives on a distant planet and is dumbfounded to find it inhabited by a tiny green race of picket-fence bourgeois paranoids. more...
  • Rise of the Guardians (PG)

    Peter Ramsey directed this animated feature about a group of mythological icons—including Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy—who protect the world's children from an evil demon who wants to steal their imagination. more...