The revitalized 'Shrek Forever After' tosses our ogre friend and his Far Far Away pals into another homage to 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Fuming once more about being domesticated and forced to deal with husband/dad responsibilities, Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) wonders what it would be like to be his old, fearsome self again. Grade: B-.
Richard Kelly certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of ambition. His latest apocalyptic thriller — after the cult-ratified 'Donnie Darko' (2001) and the willfully obtuse 'Southland Tales' (2006), neither of which did squat upon their initial theatrical releases — is rife with impressive production design, a genuine sense of creepy foreboding and an overarching seriousness rare in a contemporary genre film. The guy no doubt knows his Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. Grade: C plus.
Nick Cassavetes' three-hankie weepy lurches during its music-video sequences and gratuitous voice-over narration from members of the Fitzgerald family as they struggle with their terminally ill daughter Kate (well played by Sofia Vassilieva). Yet, in spite of some of its less-than-elegant editorial decisions, 'My Sister's Keeper' is full of terrific performances. Grade: B.