Writer/director Nicole Holofcener drops yet another urbane, talky, existentially searching comedy armed with the kind of character and emotional nuance Woody Allen lost years ago. Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt play a fortysomething married couple with an angsty teenage daughter and a flourishing furniture store in Manhattan who drift apart as their material possessions grow in number and lavishness. Grade: B-plus.
Aside from some non-PG-rated emphasis on an abusive home life and a lot of underwhelming CGI, 'Percy Jackson' is a well-paced kids' action picture that flirts with Greek mythology to create its otherworldly spectacle. Unfortunately, director Chris Columbus takes a literal approach to spectacle that denies the magnificent use of weirdness and scale that famed stop-action animator Ray Harryhausen brought to such myth-inspired classics as 'Jason and the Argonauts' (1963). Grade: B-.
To say that Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are' sometimes plays like a wrenchingly melancholy, Bergman-esque domestic drama isn't much help to people who want to know if children will like it.