Screening Room: Give Thanks for The Muppets

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SHAWN: This Thanksgiving holiday, Hollywood has over dosed with movies aimed at family audience with wildly mixed results.

And here in Kansas City George Clooney comes to town for the second time this year with a better movie but dude got drama.

RUSS: There are a few good movies for us to be thankful for this year...and I'm thankful for the Muppets!

THE MUPPETS

RUSS:

Adults looking for a fun nostalgia trip, look no further. The Muppets are back, and it's about time.

Jason Segel and Amy Adams join Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang in a spirited and zany reboot that ably captures the feel of the beloved old TV show.

SHAWN:

It's good to see the Muppets back but the puppet crew deserve a better return.

It's a fun watch but the filmmakers force the nostalgia, deliver a "save our building or else" plot that's older than time and done to death and never really focus on a central thought.

RUSS:

Fair enough, but adults will enjoy it much more than the kids...so find a kid and go.

SHAWN:

All of the musical numbers are geeky weird, many of the jokes are only chuckle funny and academy award winner and Kansas City native Chris Cooper embarrasses himself with an egregiously bad rap number. Don't ever do that again. It's called dignity.

RUSS: 4 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS; SHAWN: 3 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

SHAWN

Why isn't this one of those holiday movies that comes on TV once a year?

RUSS

Time will tell if this frantic computer-animated 3-D fantasy of Santa's awkward son will have legs.

While it's good-natured and visually impressive, "Arthur Christmas" is also overlong and a bit too chaotic to be a complete success.

RUSS: 3 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS; SHAWN: 3 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS

HUGO

RUSS:

How about a kid's movie that's not for kids?

Martin Scorsese offers "Hugo," a meticulously produced 3-D tale that's well madebut much too slow and dense for kids.

Set in the 1930s, it's the story of an orphan who lives in a Paris train station where he crosses paths with former filmmaker George Méliès.

This is really Scorsese's heartfelt Valentine to the movies and, as such, will appeal mostly to film buffs.

SHAWN:

"Hugo" is visually amazing but a complete bore.

The 3-D is "Avatar" sick but director Martin Scorsese's cinematic tribute to himself and his love of cinema will put kids to sleep quicker than an episode of "60 Minutes."

And have adults wondering if they have just been forced to enrolled in film school.

RUSS: 3 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS; SHAWN: 2 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS

THE DESCENDANTS

SHAWN:

George Clooney got more money and more problems. got to sell some land he owns in Hawaii, has two troubled daughters and a wife in a coma who had creeping on him.

No worries. It's an Alexander Payne film and it plays nice. This is grown folk drama at an exceptional level. One of the best of the year featuring an Oscar-caliber Clooney.

RUSS:

You're right, George Clooney may have to find room on his mantle for another Oscar. Clooney gives a smart, nuanced performance in "The Descendants." While it's tough and honest, it's also funny and crackles with sharp and occasionally profane dialogue.

RUSS: 4 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS; SHAWN: 3 OUT OF 5 POPCORN BAGS

OPENING IN THEATERS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

You can see the controversial arthouse sci-fi flick "Melancholia" on Friday. Kirstin Dunst won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for this edgy movie.

Michelle Williams gives a great performance as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn," the true story of the star's tumultuous pairing with Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) when they made the 1957 movie, "The Prince and the Showgirl."

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