This week at the movies, we’ve got a suburban supervillain (Despicable Me, featuring voice work from Steve Carell and Jason Segel) and mandibled monsters (Predators, starring Adrien Brody and Alice Braga). What do the critics have to say?
It’s always nice when a non-Pixar CGI feature dispenses with the lowest-common-denominator gags and shows off its smarts. Critics say that’s one of the many reasons to love Despicable Me, which they call a witty, delightfully weird film that should appeal to kids and adults. In his quiet suburban neighborhood, Gru (Steve Carell) is plotting one of the most diabolical heists in history, and he might get away with it if not for a group of meddling kids. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Despicable Me is both a visual treat and a gleefully silly romp with strong voice performances.
Futuristic, brutal, and counting two future governors among its alumni, Predator was among the most memorable action/horror films of the 1980s. And critics say Predators, the latest installment of the franchise, offers rock-solid, old school thrills and stands alongside the original. On a distant planet, a group of criminals are hunted mercilessly by the titular baddies, until a strong-willed soldier (Adrien Brody) rounds up a posse to fight back. The pundits say Predators is a good old fashioned action flick that’s stylish and bloody — and should satisfy the fanboys.(Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down star Laurence Fishburne’s best-reviewed films.)
Also opening this week in limited release: