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New Movies: Dec. 17-24, 2012

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Out in cinemas this week: Finding love across a weird and eerie world of acrobats, and going back to the equally strange world of fluffy monsters who scare kids for a living.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Paramount Pictures

Though there's something slightly self-defeating about blunting the thrills of live aerial acrobats by embedding them in the gauze of a glossy and lush feature film, this vivid 3D extravaganza emerging from a James Cameron film technology initiative and effectivelty leveraging the surrealism of the Cirque du Soleil worldscape is a spectacle in its own right.
The story: Two young people journey through the dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other.
Starring: Erica Linz (Mia), Igor Zaripov (The Aerialist), Lutz Halbhubner (Ringmaster), John Clarke (Sad Clown), Dallas Barnett (Boss), Sarah Houbolt, Ascia Maybury, Jason Berrent, Jeana Blackman, Graham Candy, Alessandro D'Agostini, Mariska du Plessis, Matt Gillanders, Caroline Lauzon, Taras Shevchenko.
Directed by: Andrew Adamson.

Monsters, Inc. (3D) (2012)

Monsters, Inc. (3D)
Pixar/Disney

Though the 3D-ification of 2D films, especially when it's done in post-production to films intended by their directors to be 2D, has taken on an increasingly rank odor in the film community, the candy-colored world of Monsters, Inc. would seem to be a good candidate for the dimensional upgrade: quite apart from being excellent marketing for the 3D prequel due in June, Mike Wazowski kind of looks like the result of a shotgun marriage between early 3D experimental characters anyway. The 3D re-release was originally slated for January, but Disney moved it up into a crowded Christmas weekend field to brush shoulders with The Hobbit and Les Miserables, which is actually quite canny: the smart, funny, and broadly appealing Monsters will be the most visible animated film this weekend and will draw catchall/curiosity tickets and audiences too young for the other epics.
The story: Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.
Starring: John Goodman (James P. "Sulley" Sullivan), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski), Mary Gibbs (Boo), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose), Jennifer Tilly (Celia), Bob Peterson (Roz), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman), Frank Oz (Fungus), Daniel Gerson (Needleman/Smitty), Steve Susskind (Floor Manager), Bonnie Hunt (Flint), Jeff Pidgeon (Bile), Sam Black (George Sanderson).
Directed by: Pete Docter.

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