This is Ron Salfen, “At The
Movies,” and here’s my commentary on films opening today at The
Majestic Theater in Greenville .
is the voice of Dakota
Fanning in an animated film by the makers of “James
And The Giant Peach” and “The
Nightmare Before Christmas,” so you know the animation is going to be
a little strange-looking, and the plot is going to be fanciful, and a little
on the spooky side. Coraline is a little girl who discovers
a closet door that takes her to another world, kind of like that wardrobe
closet in “The
Chronicles of Narnia,” except that here, the world she steps into
appears, at first, to be the idealized version of her own world, a wonderful
place where her parents are always attentive, and her playmates are always
nice to her. But not everything is as it appears.
It’s more adventurous than cutesy, and it is uniquely creative.
The moral to the story is something along the lines of “the grass is
not always greener on the other side.”
“PUSH” is also about another world within this one, and also stars
Dakota Fanning, but there the similarities end. Here, there
are certain individuals who possess certain fantastic abilities: to
see the future, or to transport objects without touching them, or literally
sniff out a person from even the smallest whiff of their personal scent.
Yes, it’s a little like Harry Potter and his magicians in training,
but there’s no benevolent Professor
Dumbledore presiding over a boarding school in Never
Never Land. Instead, these random people with
superhuman talents can choose to use them for good or evil, kind of like in
the “Star Wars” series, where it’s always a battle
against The Dark Side. But of course, as soon as you start
destroying the bad
guys, how have you not become like them?
The date movie this week is entitled “He’s Just Not That Into
You,” which begins with a little girl being pushed on the playground by a
little boy, and her mother calmly explaining to her that that’s the little
boy’s way of showing her that he likes her. And so it
begins. Then we go immediately to adult relationships,
where there are lots of complicated mixed signals that are constantly
misinterpreted, but then, that’s the fun, isn’t it? It’s
mostly good-hearted, and the ensemble cast is strong, and there are at least a
flick clichés that aren’t in it, so it’s safe for guys to watch
with their dates. You fellas might even wind up laughing at
yourself, as well as the characters on the screen.
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM.