Paul: March 18

Universal Pictures releases this science-fiction comedy, about two British comic-book geeks (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) who encounter a smart-ass alien who wants to escape from the top-secret military facility at Area 51. Taking their new friend for a ride, our hapless heroes are pursued by federal agents and by the father of a young woman whom they accidentally kidnap. Greg Mottola directed, from a script written by Frost and Pegg. Seth Rogan provides the voice of the epynomous alien. Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, and Jeffrey Tambor fill out the cast.

Tangled: November 24

Walt Disney Pictures’ computer-animated adaptation of “Rapunzel”opens nationwide – in glorious 3-D. Preliminary critical reaction is overwhelmingly positive, judging from the 100% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes (“TANGLED proves that sincerity in animated films did not die with the advent of SHREK,” says Ed Gonzales of Slant Magazine). Directed by Nathan Greno, Byron Howard. Screenplay by Dan Fogelman, based on the fairy tale by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm.

  • Mandy Moore … Rapunzel
  • Zachary Levi … Flynn Ryder
  • Donna Murphy … Mother Gothel
  • Ron Perlman … Stabbington Brother
  • M.C. Gainey … Captain of the Guard
  • Jeffrey Tambor … Big Nose Thug
  • Brad Garrett … Hook Hand Thug
  • Paul F. Tompkins … Short Thug
  • Richard Kiel … Vlad
  • Delaney Rose Stein … Young Rapunzel / Little Girl
  • Nathan Greno … Guard #1 / Thug #1
  • Byron Howard … Guard #2 / Thug #2
  • Tim Mertens … Guard #3

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