PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (PG) — The talking animals of the Madagascar series are back on a quest to get to their home at the zoo. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), King Julien the lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen) and all the rest are still on for this third installment. This time, the animals find themselves lost in Europe and decide to join a traveling circus as a means of transportation.
It’s the third movie in a series that wasn’t the most original or exciting, and the creators know it. “Madagascar 3” dials up the pace to keep things interesting. Overall, it’s a good sequel, even if it might be too fast and frenetic for some.
“Moonrise Kingdom” (PG-13) — An oddly earnest 12-year-old boy (Jared Gilman) and an equally stiff young girl hatch a scheme to run away together and live off the land for a while. The boy is in a Boy Scouts kind of group, and his scoutmaster (Ed Norton) and a local policeman (Bruce Willis) are on the case to bring in the missing kids. The movie is a love story between two adolescents, but it’s not a movie most adolescents would enjoy.
Director Wes Anderson’s trademark whimsical, awkward-but-plausible fingerprints are everywhere. The story is set on a quirky, remote-island town in New England in 1965. Anderson’s attention to detail is evident in every shot, and all of those details can actually pull you into this oddly appealing universe.
“Chernobyl Diaries” (R) — A gang of carefree young people decide to steer their vacation into the extreme. They hire a tour guide to take them into Pripyat, the Ukrainian city next to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown of 1986. At first they love the spooky abandoned apartment buildings and old nuclear facilities. Of course, when things get dark, their van won’t start and it’s clear they’re not alone, their joy turns to terror. Director Oren Peli (creator of “Paranormal Activity) just doesn’t deliver the suspense, and the horror falls flat.
DOG OF THE WEEK
“That’s My Boy” (R) — It appears that somebody in the movie-going population has gravely offended Adam Sandler. This latest R-rated gross-out comedy on the heels of “Jack and Jill” (the one where Sandler plays his female twin) is so lame that it seems like Sandler has a grudge against people who like comedy and haven’t liked him for the past decade or so. What’s worse, “That’s My Boy” is a disgustingly unfunny comedy that co-stars Andy Samberg, a rising star who has at least 10 years of being funny left before he morphs into the next Sandler.
“Mad Men: Season Five”
“Psych: Season Six”
“Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Vol. 2”
“Touch: Season One”
“Check It Out: Season 1 & 2”
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