Matthew Lickona 11:30 a.m., Oct. 22
Toy Story 3
The second sequel adds little but minutes to the previous one, and for a computer-animated children’s film it adds quite a lot of those, somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred and five. In specific, the new 3-D adds little (but four dollars of admission) to the prevailing depth of field and openness of space. And the plot premise of the toys’ boy going off to college, under orders from Mom to consign his childish things to either the attic or the trash, adds little to the torturous themes of change, aging, loss, death, that accrued from the prior premise of his going off to summer camp. Oh, the introduction of a Ken doll, a head of hair like a cowpat, at a hellish day-care center (“No one appreciates clothes here, Barbie”), adds some homo jokes suitable for the whole family, and the reprogramming of Buzz Lightyear to Spanish-language mode adds a benign Latin stereotype, but the de rigueur exhausting and exasperating finale (into the jaws of the landfill!) puts the capper on the general feeling of prolongation. With the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton; directed by Lee Unkrich. 2010.
- Rated G | 1 hour, 43 minutes
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