Movies to see over the sort-of holiday weekend:
Itís something like fate that leads the 6-year-old daughter (a quietly expressive Rachel Covey) of a handsome divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) to notice the fairy princess (Amy Adams) knocking on the faux door of a billboard advertising a ďPalaceĒ casino. Whereas the lawyer thinks the woman might be loony, his daughter is pretty sure sheís a real princess.
Together, screenwriter Diablo Cody and actress Ellen Page have crafted a highly memorable character. A pregnant 16-year-old with a dazzling wit, Juno is funny without being cruel, and hip without being dismissive. Moreover, she is always thinking, and that thinking results in a loquaciousness that is part of a still-emerging sense of self.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
3 1/2 stars
Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Sweeney Toddís pie-making accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, canít carry a tune. Yet she brings such feeling to her singing that her musical moments still compel. She and co-star Johnny Depp lend emotional resonance to characters who could have been only two-dimensional.