Weekend: Emotions Run High; Liam Runs All Night

An Oscar-worthy animated film for grownups dominates theaters this weekend, while a tuneful documentary about the 1960s’ most successful (yet unknown) band will have you dancing in your TV room. Inside Out A monumental triumph for Disney/Pixar, this animated film burrows into the mind of a tween girl named Riley, where we meet her emotions: perky Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), trembling Fear (Bill Hader), eye-rolling Disgust (Mindy Kaling), fiery Anger (Lewis Black) and short, misfit Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Part adventure story, …

‘Danny Collins’ Dodges Bullets This Weekend

A great performance by Al Pacino dominates a movie weekend that is otherwise punctuated by persistent gunfire and numerous civilian casualties. Danny Collins Al Pacino triumphs in this joyful story of a legendary pop-music star who faces a late-midlife crisis when he discovers that, way back in 1971, John Lennon had written him a letter urging him not to sell out as an artist. The warning comes 40 years too late, but no matter: Danny Collins quits his latest sold-out …

Cinderella: This Weekend’s Shoe-In

Two new movies feature characters whose lives change when they try on mysterious shoes. A third film treads a well-worn path to mediocrity.     Cinderella Disney has been translating its animated classics into live-action epics for years, with mixed success. This effort, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is the best update yet. About a Boy screenwriter Chris Weitz has kept the most charming elements of Disney’s 1950s damsel-in-distress scenario and transformed the central character into a strong-willed young woman determined …

Fonda, Neeson, Cinderella Make Your Weekend

In theaters, Jane Fonda is the best (and biggest!) thing in a convoluted family comedy, while Liam Neeson does his bang-bang-you’re-dead thing again. On your home screen, meet The Roosevelts, dance with Lesley Ann Warren’s Cinderella, and get totally creeped out by David Lynch’s indelible Eraserhead.   This Is Where I Leave You Jane Fonda is radiant as the newly widowed mother who summons her four grown children to sit shiva at her house following the death of their father. …

‘Jersey Boys’ Headlines a Full Movie Weekend

Clint Eastwood and his Jersey boys cruise through the 1960s; Crash director Paul Haggis steers another star vehicle down the rough byways of love; and the Think Like a Man couples limo their way up the Vegas Strip during this something-for-everyone summer-movie weekend.   Jersey Boys Clint Eastwood‘s screen version of the smash Broadway musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The film revivifies most of the group’s big hits but avoids becoming a mere big-screen …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 28

For movie lovers, Oscar Weekend is better than the Super Bowl. Few television events draw an international audience in real time anymore but Oscars is expected to bring some 40 million viewers.  Of course being up to speed on all the movies is part of the fun. Throw in a matinee or two and you  can still see most of this year’s top nominees in theaters before the ceremony Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. If you’d rather see …