Pooh tale best of animal epics

Pooh tale best of animal epics

Opening this weekend is Winnie the Pooh, a new Disney feature chronicling the adventures of the title teddy bear and his various pals in the Hundred Acre Wood. I must admit that I come to the Disney incarnations of these characters with a bias. The low-key, quietly witty original stories, by A. A. Milne, and […]

Holy bird smugglers! Where’s Batman when we need him?

Holy bird smugglers! Where’s Batman when we need him?

The computer-animated kids’ movie Rio begins in the title city, where we see a baby parrot captured for the exotic bird trade. Somehow he ends up stranded in Minnesota, where he grows up (into the voice of Jesse Eisenberg) as the pet of Linda (Leslie Mann), a nice young woman who runs a bookstore. She’s […]

‘Due Date’ chaotic but still boasts worthy acting

‘Due Date’ chaotic but still boasts worthy acting

An uptight guy is forced to travel across America with an obnoxious guy. That’s the simple, and by no means original, premise of the new road comedy Due Date, a 21st-Century spin on the 1987 John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles—it’s like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, jacked up on crack. Directed by Todd Phillips […]

Original ‘Invasion’ still a good scare

If you’re looking for a scary classic DVD for this month of ghouls and goblins, you might consider the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In this 1956 classic, big parasitical seed pods from outer space hatch out duplicates identical to their human hosts, but devoid of emotion or passion. Our hero, Dr. Miles Bennell […]

Former Mayor Giuliano aiming to galvanize support for Prop. 401

Tempe residents would be less safe and fire-response times longer if voters fail to approve a two-tenths of one percent increase in Tempe’s sales tax on May 18. That warning came from Rich Woerth, president of Tempe Fire Fighters, and Jeff McHenry, president of Tempe Police Officers Assn., during a news conference held April 13 […]