HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

What a year Jay Baruchel is having. His winsome voice acting is a big reason why the storybook saga HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON comes so spiritedly to life. A seamless marrying of lifelike animation and fantastical effects, it's also remarkable for its moments of subtle emotion, especially the first time the boy touches the … Continue reading HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

The gold standard of time-space continuum comedies, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is much like The Hangover -- only with laughs! Lots of them. All the way through. Rob Corddry takes charge like nobody's business, overpowering Cusack and Robinson, but joined in comic glory by deadpan, sharp-as-a-tack Clark Duke (what, is 2010 the breakout year for … Continue reading HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

THE RUNAWAYS

Music? check. Hot Girls? check. Drugs? yup. Asshole producer/ manager? got it. THE RUNAWAYS has all that, but they're just pieces that don't necessarily come together. Dakota Fanning stretches a bit, but only because we've never seen her like this. Kristen Stewart becomes Joan Jett, but dark, angry & brooding have become her signature. Michael … Continue reading THE RUNAWAYS

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

They could have called it Malcolm in the Multiplex. Or even The Little Bang Theory. But whatever the title, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID works because of its two leads, standout kid actors both: future heartbreaker Zachary Gordon manages to play a self-centered, even mean, tweener yet still remain charming. He's more than matched by … Continue reading DIARY OF A WIMPY KID