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Toy Story 3

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty | G |


Sorry, no, Toy Story 3 does not live up to its predecessors. It surpasses them. Without a single whiz-bang 3-D innovation or catchy new song, the geniuses at Pixar bring us the funniest, smartest, most unabashedly emotional film in the franchise. The key, as always, is a story beautifully told: Andy (John Morris), like many of the kids who grew up with Woody (Hanks) and Buzz (Allen), is heading off to college. A packing snafu sends his toys out with the trash, so the toys, over Woody’s objection, escape to Sunnyside day care for nonstop playtime. Only the Sunnysiders, including the grandfatherly Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear (Beatty), preening Ken (Michael Keaton) and deeply creepy Big Baby, are secretly sinister, sending Woody into prison-break mode. The pacing is as taut as the best thrillers, with amusing new characters, clever details everywhere and an ending so satisfying, you’ll wonder why every movie can’t be this good.


John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill| R |


You know a guy’s hit some bad road when he likens himself to Shrek. Luckily for divorced, sad John (the fantastic Reilly), new love Molly (Tomei) digs his raw self-exposure. So do I. Cyrus is the rare comedy made for adults, blossoming from drily amusing into complex and hilarious when John meets Molly’s son, Cyrus (Hill). At 21, Cyrus lives at home, clings fiercely to Mommy and is so threatened by John that he commits petty acts of psychological warfare, like hiding John’s shoes. The fellas’ battle is delicious and finally shows that range Hill’s been hiding. But as darkly funny as it is, Cyrus is also the most honest film about deception in years.