The Secret World of Arrietty

Life for the four inch-tall set
Voices by Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

It’s commonly accepted among the film literate that this is the year of living in the past. What else could it be? The frontrunner for a Best Picture Oscar is a silent movie for crying out loud (or not crying out loud, as the case may be). Can flagpole-sitting and the Charleston be far behind? While the conventional wisdom has reached this conclusion, it hasn't established what the wisdom ... more >

Despicable Me

Move over T.S.3.
Steve Carrell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand
Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

It’s wonderful when movies serendipitously converge with current events. But how often do current events play prelude to a coming cartoon? Successful animation hasn’t been the calling card of the current do-nothing batch of Russian secret agents, milking Mother Russia for an American lifestyle. But successful animation is something achieved by “Despicable Me’. Our Russian super-villain, Gru, ... more >