Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s singer-songwriter, Rodriguez.
Fascinating documentary of something of a miracle, although some facts were omitted; in any case, Rodriguez wins by character and his wonderful songs.
Maltin***: "Compelling documentary...A so-incredible-it-must-be-true story doesn't provide as many answers about Rodriguez as one would like, but it's irresistable, with plenty of his songs and clever use of animation. It all leads to a satisfying and uplifting conclusion."
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
The events leading up to the sword fighting cat's meeting with Shrek and his friends.
Enjoyable side trip to the Shrek series has its moments, but nothing really special.
Maltin**1/2: "Lively and masterfully staged, this makes great use of 3-D but gets to be a bit long and plot-heavy coming down the stretch. Puss, as voiced by Banderas, is essentially a one-joke character...but it's a pretty funny joke."
Friday, December 27, 2013
A rag doll that awakens in a post-apocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.
Wonderfully animated and with some likable characters, but the plot is not that inspired.
Maltin**1/2: "Animated science-fiction yarn is imaginatively designed and well staged, but never becomes emotionally engaging as its too-familiar story plays out."