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Stories for December 20, 2008

The Tale of Despereaux

Dec. 20
By Beth Accomando

"The Tale of Despereaux" (opening December 19 throughout San Diego) looked promising. The trailer was amusing and took a laidback approach to selling its story rather than the usual hysterical, frantic, in your face pitch that American animation feels compelled to use. It was based on a popular and well-written children's book by Kate DiCamillo that bore the subtitle: "Being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread." The animation looked state of the art with an appealing big-eared mouse hero. The film also boasted some talented voice actors in Kevin Kline, Matthew Broderick, Tracey Ullmann, Robbie Coltrane, Frank Langella and Dustin Hoffman. So what went wrong?

The Tale of Despereaux

Dec. 20
By Teencritics

The Tale of Despereaux (opening December 19 throughout San Diego) looked promising. The trailer was amusing and took a laid back approach to selling its story rather than the usual hysterical, frantic, in your face pitch that American animation feels compelled to use. It was based on a popular and well-written children's book by Kate DiCamillo that bore the subtitle: "Being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread." The animation looked state of the art with an appealing big-eared mouse hero. The film also boasted some talented voice actors in Kevin Kline, Matthew Broderick, Tracey Ullmann, Robbie Coltrane, Frank Langella and Dustin Hoffman. So what went wrong?

Antarctica

Dec. 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

This Antarctica has nothing to do with penguins. (Regent Releasing)

Seven Pounds

Dec. 20
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Will Smith in Seven Pounds (Columbia Pictures)