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RATATOUILLEPixars latest outing follows a rat (and wannabe chef) into the sewers of Paris, where he lives beneath the five-star restaurant of his cooking hero and secretly teams up with the kitchen garbage boy to turn the world of high cuisine on its ear. With the voices of Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm and Peter OToole. Screenplay by Brad Bird. Story by Bird, Jim Capobianco and Jan Pinkava. Directed by Bird. G.TRANSFORMERSParadoxically, the problem with this Michael Bay-directed film is not with the much-beloved line of toys it is based on, which do what theyre supposed to in their CGI versions. Its that at two hours and 23 minutes, the film has way too much plot, and much of that isnt very good. (2:23) PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, brief sexual humor, and language. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARDInevitable lapses in plausibility and an inflated two hour and nine minute running time aside, this fourth movie in the Bruce Willis franchise is a slick and effective piece of action entertainment, fast moving with energetic stunt work and nice thriller moves. (2:09) PG-13, for intense sequences of violence and action, language, and a brief sexual situation.OCEANS THIRTEENMore caper action from George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh, with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin joining them on the already-crowded marquee. With Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliot Gould. Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.EVAN ALMIGHTYIn the sequel to Bruce Almighty, God (Morgan Freeman) returns to Earth to give orders to an uptight congressman (Steve Carell): Build an ark and fill it with two animals of every kind. With Lauren Graham, John Goodman and John Michael Higgins. Written by Steve Oedekerk. Directed by Tom Shadyac. PG for mild rude humor and some peril.
RATATOUILLETRANSFORMERSLICENSE TO WEDA tedious, uninspired comedy starring Mandy Moore and John Krasinski as a newly engaged couple forced to endure the pre-marital course taught by Robin Williams overbearing Reverend Frank in order to be married in his church. Life lessons give way to a series of matrimonial survival tests seemingly designed by the Bush administration and theoretically geared for laughs. Directed by Ken Kwapis. (1:26) PG-13 for sexual humor and language.A MIGHTY HEARTThe slaying in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is the basis for this story about his abduction and the race to find him before tragedy strikes. With Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman and Archie Panjabi. Screenplay by Michael Winterbottom, Laurence Coriat and John Orloff. Directed by Winterbottom. R for language.KNOCKED UPWriter-director Judd Apatow follows up The 40 Year-Old Virgin with a cautionary tale of an up-and-coming entertainment reporter (Katherine Heigl) whose one-night stand with an underachiever (Seth Rogen) results in pregnancy and a lot of decisions to make. With Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill. R for sexual content, drug use and language.
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