Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our critics' selections

Jumping the Broom Old money and the working class clash in this buoyant film, wedding high drama with low comedy. Paula Patton is the uptown girl and Laz Alonso the Brooklyn boy whose mothers (Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine) lock horns at the wedding. PG-13

Rio Carlos Saldanha's joyous carnival of animation celebrating avian (and human) biodiversity. Winging and singing creatures frolic in Brazil's capital of fun. Storks samba! Toucans tumba! Parrots party in kaleidoscopic formations to the music of Sergio Mendes! Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway supply the memorable voice work. G

Water for Elephants This swoony throwback to old-time Hollywood action-romances stars Robert Pattinson as an accidental circus veterinarian taken with stunt rider Reese Witherspoon - who's taken in marriage to mercurial circus owner Christoph Waltz, abusive to animals and people. Adapted from the Sara Gruen novel. PG-13

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