Matthew Lickona 1:30 p.m., Aug. 26
Aside from Drew Barrymore’s Greenpeace activist, there’s not an unselfish, trustworthy character to be found in this well-intentioned “save the whales” tale. It’s a kid pic, so the screenwriters wisely (unknowingly?) never allow personality and emotion to get in the way of the overriding message. A cast of familiar faces keeps it moving along, and director Ken Kwapis, cinematographer John Bailey, and the effects crew always provide something worth looking at. You and the family could do worse. 2012.
- Big Screen Review • February 3, 2012