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Film Clips: This Weekend's Openings And More July 09 2010

Micmacs, minions and predators, oh my!

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  • OOOOO! 'Despicable Me's minions enjoy the film's 3-D

OPENING TODAY
DESPICABLE ME 3 stars (PG) An evil genius named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) adopts three orphan girls as part of a plan to reclaim his title as the world’s #1 supervillain from his younger rival, Vector (Jason Segal). But will the girl’s steal Gru’s heart while he attempts to pilfer the moon? The comedy’s most despicable qualities are the oppressive bathroom humor jokes and the heavy dose of treacle that floods the last half. Focus instead on the gizmo-driven feud between Gru and Vector and you’ll enjoy Despicable Me’s slapstick worthy of Wile E. Coyote. — Curt Holman

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE 2 stars (R ) Antisocial hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) turns fugitive when circumstantial evidence links her to the murder of two muckraking journalists. This follow-up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo retains the outlandish action scenes of Steig Larsson’s original novel, but edits out the narrative connective tissue that makes sense of its convoluted plot. Rapace remains a memorably unusual thriller heroine, but Played With Fire seldom strikes sparks. — Holman

MICMACS 2 stars (R) A slacker video store clerk (Danny Boon) catches a bullet in the skull, becomes a homeless street performer, meets a gaggle of quirky scavengers and exacts prankish revenge on a pair of rival arms merchants. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet specializes in whimsical, Rube Goldberg set pieces in previous films like Amelie, but in Micmacs the clockwork caper scenes fail to connect to human emotions. Imagine if Terry Gilliam hijacked the Ocean’s 11 franchise. — Holman

PREDATORS 3 stars (R ) A multinational group of soldiers and professional killers (lead by Adrien Brody) find themselves in a mysterious jungle where they’re stalked by a familiar group of alien big-game hunters. Hungarian director Nimrod Attal helms a sharp and engrossing sci-fi thriller to match the first Predator film from 1987. If not original or inventive enough to be a true drive-in classic, Predators delivers the summer-movie action goods, and the first act may please distraught “Lost” fans who miss scenes of castaways experiencing weird phenomena in jungles. — Holman

OPENING WEDNESDAY
THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (PG) Harry Potter? Percy Jackson? Actually, in this supernatural special effects-fest, self-described college physics nerd Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) learns from an ageless wizard (Nicolas Cage, dressed for a Steampunk convention) that he may be the heir to Merlin’s magic.