Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Dr. Seuss' The LoraxDvd release date: 08/07/2012

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift
Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Category: Children & Family
Rated: PG

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of “Despicable Me”! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” is filled with hilarious fun for everyone. (Publisher)

Summary of critic reviews:

Chicago Tribune: ** (out of four)
New York Post: * (out of four)
Rolling Stone: * (out of four)
USA Today: ** (out of four)

Overall: *1/2 (out of four)

We Bought A Zoo

We Bought a ZooDvd release date: 04/03/2012

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Cameron Crowe
Category: Children & Family
Rated: PG

Oscar(R) Winner Matt Damon gives a heartfelt performance in this “delightful surprise” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) that’s based on a true story. When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee (Damon) gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family. From the director of “Jerry Maguire”, “We Bought a Zoo” is a “wonderful, warm and witty” (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio News) celebration of the human spirit. (Publisher)

Summary of critic reviews:

New York Post: *** (out of four)
Rolling Stone: *** (out of four)
USA Today: **1/2 (out of four)

Overall: *** (out of four)

The Muppets

The MuppetsDvd release date: 03/20/2012

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams
Director: James Bobin
Category: Children & Family
Rated: PG

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girldfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and frill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the 10 million dollars needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. (Publisher)

Summary of critic reviews:

Chicago Tribune: *** (out of four)
New York Post: *** (out of four)
Rolling Stone: *** (out of four)
USA Today: ***1/2 (out of four)

Overall: *** (out of four)

The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of TintinDvd release date: 03/13/2012

Starring: Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig,
Director: Steven Spielberg
Category: Children & Family
Rated: PG

From Oscar(R) winning director Steven Spielberg and Oscar(R) winning producer Peter Jackson, two of today’s most visionary storytellers, comes a motion picture event: an epic, globe-hopping quest that spans hidden mysteries, menacing criminals and ancient secrets – and brings to life the classic escapades that have enthralled generation after generation with their one-of-a-kind mix of action, humor and scintillating tale-spinning in “The Adventures of Tintin”, Based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Herge, the story follows the unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to a dastardly named Red Rackham. But with the help of his dog Snowy, the cantankerous Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), Tintin will travel half the world, outwitting and outrunning his enemies in a breathless chase to find the final resting place of The Unicorn, a shipwreck that may hold the key to vast fortune… and an ancient curse. From the high seas to the sands of North African deserts, every new twist and turn sweeps Tintin and his friends to escalating levels of thrills and peril, proving that when you dare to risk everything, there’s no limit to what you can do. (Publisher)

Summary of critic reviews:

Chicago Tribune: ** (out of four)
New York Post: ***1/2 (out of four)
Rolling Stone: ***1/2 (out of four)
USA Today: ** (out of four)

Overall: *** (out of four)

Happy Feet Two

Happy Feet TwoDvd release date: 03/13/2012

Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams
Director: George Miller
Category: Children & Family
Rated: PG

The sequel to “Happy Feet”, the Academy Award(R)-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet Two” returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right. (Publisher)

Summary of critic reviews:

Chicago Tribune: ** (out of four)
New York Post: *1/2 (out of four)
USA Today: ** (out of four)

Overall: ** (out of four)