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Despicable Me (Review)

Animated tale is a fun ride

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Despicable criminal mastermind Gru (voice of Steve Carell) wants to set himself apart from his arch-rival Vector (Jason Segel), so he decides to steal the moon by shrinking it down to the size of a trinket that will fit in his pocket. The gags often strain to achieve the effortless brilliance of Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd/Road Runner-Coyote classics, but there's lots of fun here, especially in the legion of little yellow minions who attempt to do Gru's bidding. Grade: B.   

Get Him to the Greek (Review)

Russell Brand's Rock star 'second banana' isn't better in a larger dose

0 Comments · Friday, June 4, 2010
Successful "spin-off" TV shows have given a showcase to fully fleshed-out second bananas. But in the movies second bananas don't always fare well as leads; case in point is Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), the vain, addle-brained British Rock star from 2008's 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' He's licking his wounds after his most recent record flops, but a music-industry functionary named Aaron (Jonah Hill) wants Snow to mount a comeback through a concert at Los Angeles' Greek Theater. Grade: C-plus.  

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