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Dir. James Bobin
(2011, PG, 103 min)

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel played a lovesick TV composer who longed to stage a puppet musical version of Dracula. We were shown a bit of that musical, which made me want to see the whole thing, and also made me believe no one would be better suited to spearhead a modern Muppet movie than Segel, who wrote Marshall‘s screenplay and penned a song for the Dracula tuner. He showed the right balance of unabashed whimsy and fresh wit.

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Dir. Ben Affleck
(2010, R, 123 min)
★ ★

The Town is a watchable and competently made heist film without much to recommend it for. It’s the second film directed by actor Ben Affleck, whose first film was 2007’s darker and grittier Gone Baby Gone. This film, also set in a noir-ish Boston crime world, is constructed mostly of car chases, shootouts, and cliches — occasionally effective, but on the whole not very satisfying. I kept hoping it would develop into something of greater ambition or higher artistic stakes.

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Max Records, in 'Where the Wild Things Are'

Dir. Spike Jonze
(2009, PG, 100 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

Director Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book Where the Wild Things Are is subdued and beautiful, intelligent about the emotions of a boy from a broken home but clear and direct in expressing them. It features sublime cinematography by Lance Acord and production design by K.K. Barrett, who create a visual landscape that eschews the usual candy-colored aesthetic of kids’ movies in favor of a dreamier, more sophisticated palette of sand and amber tones. My memory of the Sendak classic is limited, so I can only discuss whether the film does justice to itself. It does. It’s made by mature filmmakers who value mood over sensory stimulation … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.