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.
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.
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 something new, your choice this weekend is a Bible epic or an airline flight through Hell.
Kevin Costner has starred in his share of action films - No Way Out and Waterworld come to mind - but there's this nagging sense that his new shoot-'em-up, 3 Days to Kill, is Costner's attempt to "pull a Liam Neeson" - that is, to supercharge his career at midlife by starring in an over-the-top chase flick, as Neeson did with Taken in 2008.
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