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1) HOME (PG)
Dreamworks/20th Century Fox
Sweet and harmless, the new animated feature "Home" plays a bit like "E.T." if it had been produced by the folks who gave us Teletubbies. Some cute aliens engage in a very benign invasion of Earth, but one nerdy outcast messes up their plans.
This one should appeal to the very young, but older kids and adults might start to nod off at this very familiar story. There may be no place like "Home,", but there are plenty of other movies like it.
Shawn disagrees. He says, "'Home' plays like the perfect animated bedtime story for the very young. It's cute, fun and has a bit of silly charm. Nothing sophisticated about the story or animation. But enough energy and fun to keep most kids excited. And watchable enough for parents.
Also loved the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parsons. They were perfectly playful and the music is catchy and delightfully happy. Much of which was produced by Rihanna."
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
2) WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (R)
From the other end of the cinematic spectrum comes "What We Do in the Shadows," a mockumentery from Jermaine Clement and Taiki Waititi, the twisted minds behind HBO's comedy series "Flight of the Conchords."
Clement and Waititi play dim-witted, centuries-old vampires who share a flat in contemporary New Zealand with two other nerdy bloodsuckers. They agree to allow a documentary crew to record their nightly routine, which consists of cruising for victims, dealing with the local pack of unruly werewolves and arguing over whose turn it is to do the dishes.
If you think that all-too-earnest vampire movies like "Twilight" and shameless fare like MTV's "Real World" are fodder for satire, then this R-rated send-up is for you. Obviously inspired by the documentary spoofs of Christopher Guest, "What We Do in the Shadows" is sly, clever and genuinely funny, particularly for horror fans.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
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