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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOVIES -

Puss in Boots 3D: The fea­ture-length an­i­mated spin-off – a star turn for the pop­u­lar Shrek sup­port­ing char­ac­ter voiced by An­to­nio Ban­deras – is al­most shock­ingly good. And not just be­cause many will ap­proach it with low­ered ex­pec­ta­tions. Let’s be hon­est. Af­ter ap­pear­ances in the last three Shrek out­ings, who would have thought that Puss would land on his feet when thrown into a movie of his own? It turns out he does, mainly be­cause the movie tosses him in a com­pletely new di­rec­tion, and about as far away from the ear­lier films as pos­si­ble. Real Steel: Rocky meets Trans­form­ers in a movie that’s like a Wii game, pro wrestling, The Iron Gi­ant and Trans­form­ers all rolled into one. So who is this strange hy­brid movie’s tar­get de­mo­graphic? The An­other Earth: This in­die drama is a sci-fi ro­mance, but there’s not a sin­gle alien in sight. Rather, the movie’s all-too-hu­man char­ac­ters are more than a lit­tle alien­ated from their feel­ings at times, try­ing their best to push down and mask painful emo­tions. It’s about a sec­ond Earth that sud­denly ap­pears. It hangs, shim­mer­ing on the hori­zon, vis­i­ble from our Earth day and night and tan­ta­lis­ing all with its pos­si­bil­i­ties. an­swer: your 11-year-old son. He and his cronies will, in all like­li­hood, love the crunch of CGI metal on metal and the whole video-game aes­thetic.

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Money­ball: This is a movie of such lop­ing, un­forced ease and solid en­ter­tain­ment value that it’s easy to take its gifts for granted. Di­rec­tor Ben­nett Miller brings to life the tale of the Oak­land A’s man­ager, Billy Beane, who sought to re­build the slump­ing team in 2002. Like The So­cial Net­work, Money­ball in­fuses im­prob­a­ble emo­tion into what is

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