It's Friday night! Time for dinner and a movie. Who are we kidding? This weekend is all about Toy Story 3. Despite Josh Brolin and John Malkovich -- and okay, Megan Fox for the teenaged boys -- Jonah Hex really has its work cut out for it. But it would even if Toy Story 3 didn't steal the show this weekend.
Toy Story 3 (Disney/Pixar)
Already being hailed an "instant classic," the third installment in the adventures of Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks), Cowgirl Jessie (Joan Cusack), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), and the gang features them facing their biggest adventure yet. Andy (John Morris) is all growed up and all moved out, so his mom (Laurie Metcalf) decides it's time for the toys to go. They end up at a daycare center, where they're subjected to ridicule, despair, too many grubby hugs -- and a Ken doll (Michael Keaton) wearing an ascot (whose romance with Barbie is a highlight). Oh no! Will Andy's beloved toys make their way out of this horrid prison? This Toy Story finale may have gone all hi-tech with the fabulous 3D animation, but the heart-tugging story is really what makes it worth watching. It's about childhood lost and regained, true friends, and belly laughs. A definite yay for the kids (even though the blinky baby doll is creepy), but you won't regret going either.
Jonah Hex (Warner Bros.)
Based on the '70s DC comic, this action film is about Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), a deeply wounded 19th-century gunslinger who has been able to randomly commune with the dead (and temporarily bring them back to life) ever since he was branded -- literally and figuratively -- by his mortal enemy, Confederate General Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), who killed Hex's wife and child in cold blood. The United States government hires bounty hunter Hex to nab the evil Turnbull, who's set out on a plot to destroy the country with a doomsday fireball weapon. Megan Fox tags along as Hex's droll prostitute sidekick. If it sounds uninspired, that's because it is. To score a PG-13, the producers toned down the violence and comic-book spirit to a level that will neither please Hex fans or those craving a summer action blockbuster. But the material's too dark for kids, really. Way to win audiences, guys.
Are you going to the movies this weekend?
Image via Disney/Pixar