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April 4, 2008
Carla Meyer's Movie Picks

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 recently released films:

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
2 1/2 stars
Though the computer animation never reaches the visual majesty of say, a Pixar Animation film, the 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).
Rated G

Stop-Loss
3 stars
Inspired to make this film partly because of her brother's experiences in Iraq, director Kimberly Peirce shows a sure hand with battle scenes. A graphically violent sequence set in Tikrit (and filmed in Morocco) demonstrates the strangely intimate horror of fighting insurgents inside their homes.
Rated R

Under the Same Moon
3 stars
Once young Carlitos (Adrián Alonso) crosses the border, the story becomes fablelike. He encounters dangerous characters as well as a fellow illegal immigrant and reluctant guardian angel (Eugenio Derbez). The camera loves Derbez's face, which is handsome and hangdog at once, and he and Alonso share touching moments.
Rated PG-13

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