Radio 02.06.09
            This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on films opening today at The Majestic Theater in Greenville .
            Coraline” 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 few chick 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.