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."
Thursday, December 26, 2013
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Cautiously told tearjerker which succeeds mostly due to the top performances of the two leads.
Halliwell*: "Old-fashioned and charming, but slight to the point of consequentiality."
Maltin***: "Genteel, entertaining adaptation...A smooth and enjoyable ride, with fine performances by the two leads. Aykroyd is likable in an unusual "straight" role as Tandy's son, though you can never quite forget who's playing the part (especially with such obvious make-up."