Wondering what to see this weekend?
In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. But if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for previously released films:
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
2 1/2 stars
Though this computer-animated film, based on the Dr. Seuss book, never reaches the visual majesty of, say, a Pixar Animation film, its characters and settings are certainly distinctive. Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino and the film’s artistic team capture and elaborate on Seuss' visually skewed universe, rendering the Wickershams, a band of simian enforcers, as vividly as the mayor of Who-ville (Steve Carell).
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Thimbletack (voiced, with much vigor, by Martin Short) puffs up into monster form when upset. Luckily, he's quickly pacified by honey. His inability to resist the sticky stuff becomes a fun running gag.
Under the Same Moon
At its best moments, this picture about a mother and son (Kate del Castillo and Adrián Alonso - pictured above in a photo from the studio, Fox Searchlight) on opposite sides of the United States-Mexico border tugs at the heartstrings while providing insight into the immigrant experience. Director Patricia Riggen moves the story along in compelling fashion, showing a special affinity for scenes requiring a high level of tension.