Summary Judgment: 'Finding' vs. 'Wall-E'

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Writer Mark Jordan Legan sorts through the latest movies. Wall-E, an animated feature about a young robot searching for a home in outer space draws rave reviews. Finding Amanda, is a bit less satisfying.


Back now with Day to Day. There's something for everyone at the movies this summer weekend. There's a new Pixar family film, and a hyperkinetic shoot 'em up for the action fans. To tell us what the critics think of these new releases, here's Mark Jordan Legan, with his Slate's summary judgment.

MARK JORDAN LEGAN: My kids are out of school. Your kids are out of school. Antiquated child-labor laws prevent many of them from getting jobs. So, what are you going to do? Well, you can all go to the movies together. And the good news is Pixar has another major, animated release.

A sci-fi comedy called "Wall-E," about a lonely robot, looking for companionship on a deserted planet.

(Soundbite of movie "Wall-E")

LEGAN: "Wall-E" is getting rave reviews. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer cheers, a charmer of a film and a delightful piece of storytelling.

The Village Voice calls it, breathtakingly majestic, and the Chicago Tribune shouts, it's remarkable to see any film, in any genre, blend honest sentiment with a genuine wit, and a visual landscape unlike any other. And for those of you looking for a different kind of visual landscape, Angelina Jolie stars in the action thriller "Wanted."

James McAvoy plays a young, office drone, who's recruited to become a professional assassin, by a secret group led by Morgan Freeman.

(Soundbite of movie "Wanted")

Mr. MORGAN FREEMAN: (As Sloan) Shoot the wings off the fly.

Mr. JAMES MCAVOY: (As Wesley Gibson) I don't know what that means. I really think you had me mixed up with somebody else.

(Soundbite of gun being cocked)

(Soundbite of heartbeat)

Mr. FREEMAN: (As Sloan) On three, either you shoot, or I do.

LEGAN: "Wanted" is wanted by the critics. Rolling Stone finds the movie explodes like fireworks. The Philadelphia Inquirer grins, visually and viscerally, it's pretty awesome. And USA Today shoots a surprisingly, entertaining film, full of thrilling stunts and hyperkinetic action. You know, I can relate to this film.

You know, being a professional assassin is extremely difficult, the deception, the double life, you know, like here. My gig at NPR, it's all a front. I can't tell anyone. I mean, you could tell them, but then you have to kill them.

No way. I just did, tell you. Mm. And we have lots of listeners. Man, this could take a while. OK, if each of you could just stay put, I'll get you eventually. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

BRAND: Mark Jordan Legan is not really a writer, but an enforcer of justice, living in Los Angeles.

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