Thursday, September 13, 2012

In Theaters: "Finding Nemo 3D"

The new 3D conversion that’s prompted the re-release of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo isn’t exactly earth-shaking. It nicely immerses the viewer in its undersea world, yes, and spotlights a couple of already eye-catching foreground/background compositions (Dory reading the scuba mask while Marlin is chased behind her; the pair bickering as a whale approaches behind them), but that’s about it. All told, there’s not much of a reason to see Finding Nemo in 3D. But then again, there’s not much of a reason to see any movie in 3D, a technology that mostly serves to throw a couple of more bucks in the pockets of penny-pinching studios while providing moviegoers a gratuitous level of “engagement” whose primary function (for this viewer, anyway) appears to be the expedition of headaches. With most films, the 3D doesn’t really matter. And that’s the case here as well, since this cash-in rerelease is mostly worthwhile for giving us the welcome opportunity to see and enjoy Finding Nemo again.

In Theaters: "10 Years"

As the opening credits roll for Jamie Linden’s 10 Years, the cast list unfurled is a little mindboggling: Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Ari Graynor, Kate Mara, Anthony Mackie, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Ron Livingston, Oscar Isaac, Brian Geraghty, on and on. It’s a big cast, full of outsized personalities and pre-existing personas, and one that first-time director Linden could lose control of fairly easily. To his credit, he doesn’t; 10 Years isn’t exactly a groundbreaking piece of work, but it moves crisply, garners light laughs, and juggles its likable characters well.