Friday, April 8, 2011

In Cinemas This Week

Hop - Unemployed slacker Fred (James Marsden) suddenly finds himself uncharacteristically busy after he runs over the Easter Bunny and has to not only nurse the gimpy rabbit back to health but also take over his duties so that the holiday can continue. Burdened with a cranky, cotton-tailed houseguest and a bout of intensive egg-delivery training, Fred finally begins to grow up in this hilarious and touching blend of live action and animation.

Just Go With It - When plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee lies to his girlfriend that he is a divorced family man, he recruits his office manager and her children to role-play as his ex-wife and kids - generating a flood of farcical results and unintended consequences.

Oceans - This Disney nature documentary from co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud examines the vital role water plays in human existence and the cause-and-effect interplay between oceans and the environment. Shot on location around the world, the feature-length film also dives beneath the surface with stunning underwater photography that documents lesser-known and endangered aquatic life forms.

Rio - When a cooped-up macaw named Blu leaves the confines of his birdcage behind for the tropical climes of Rio de Janeiro, he's forced to wing it and re-examine everything he knows about life - and being a bird. Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez and Jesse Eisenberg lend instantly recognizable voices to this all-star animated tale from director Carlos Saldanha.

Sucker Punch - In this mind-warping action thriller, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), a girl slated for lobotomy in a 1950s-era asylum, leads a group of young female inmates in an attempt to escape both their mental fantasy worlds and the actual institution where they are prisoners. To accomplish her plan, Baby Doll must steal five objects - but is the man who's trying to stop her real, or a figment of her imagination?

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