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.
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