In Theaters: 'Mr. Fox' Impresses, While '2012' Turns To Noisy Rubble

John Cusack runs through the mayhem in '2012'.

John Cusack stays ahead of disaster, kind of, in Roland Emmerich's 2012. Columbia Tristar Marketing Group hide caption

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• Bob Mondello really is not a fan of 2012. At least I think that's what he means by, "By the time it's over, you'll feel like it is 2012 already, and you'll have such a headache that it'd be kind of nice if the whole world went away."

• Bob was much happier with The Messenger, which he calls a "quietly explosive drama."

• Kenneth Turan has good things to say about The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the new stop-motion animated film from Wes Anderson, which he reports "goes to your head like too much champagne."

• Ella Taylor is underwhelmed by Pirate Radio, the new offering from director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Love Actually), but doesn't seem to have the heart to entirely condemn it, given the fact that it at least succeeds in communicating "the freshness and innocence of a generation's passion for the infant rock 'n' roll."



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