Helen and Bob Parr are your typical early 1960's couple. They work hard while raising a preteen daughter, a precocious boy, and a rambunctious toddler ...
Helen and Bob Parr are your typical early 1960s couple.
They work hard while raising a preteen daughter, a precocious boy, and a rambunctious toddler, but times aren't as good they have been. They're struggling to pay bills, keep the kids fed and clothed, but there's a shadow hanging over them because their kind are illegal.
Director Brad Bird's Disney-Pixar feature has been a long time brewing, so long that a lot of kids who fell in love with this super-hero family are in their 20s now, some with families of their own, maybe. Interestingly, what grabbed the attention of fans in 2004 has clicked-in as if it was yesterday.
Bird has said in media reports that he was waiting all that time because he wanted to find a script that had the same punch as the first movie. As a result, he and his team have put together a movie with thrills, chills and a dab of intrigue that should bring it all back.
Part of the appeal is that the family is so well-defined, featuring voice actors Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter as loving mom and dad, Helen and Bob, they provide the center for what amounts to be a family-friendly superhero adventure with the kids Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner and Eli Fucile) along for the ride. Also back is Bob's superhero best friend Lucius Best aka Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), super-suit designer Edna Mode (Brad Bird), and Rick Dicker (Jonathan Banks), head of a covert "Super Relocation" program.
After that program gets shut down, our heroes have to live as normal, regular, uh, boring folks. But, all is not lost.
Soon, a superhero fan named Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) shows up with a plan to not only snap The Incredibles out of forced retirement but make all "supers" legal again. Winston is a telecommunications tycoon and owner of a company called DEVTECH who comes up with a big publicity stunt to demonstrate why the public needs superheroes.
Working alongside his sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener), the plan seems perfect -- for Helen, who, as Elastigirl, is considered less destructive than her husband. Although Winston has given the family a big, high-tech house for the family to use, Bob reluctantly agrees to be househusband for the brood.
Two things happen as Helen goes back to work. One is that Helen winds up having to confront a powerful villain named Screenslaver, and the other is that Bob discovers little Jack-Jack is capable of more than filling diapers and saying, "Goo-goo." Of course, the two things will entwine, and lots of stuff will get broken in a big way as we find out who's really behind the Screenslaver mask.
Bird's film uses advances in computer animation to create some truly amazing visuals while also infusing his characters with believability and sympathy. Of course, the action is over-the-top and first-rate, but it's done in a way that allows the audience to believe real danger is imminent even though we know it isn't. This is a Disney movie after all.
For adults, some sly little references are dropped in for folks who grew up in the 60s, such as classic TV cartoons, but it's the overall mood that catches you. It has to do with values that support the idea that the family unit is the most important thing to keep together, that no matter what happens, there will be a mom and dad there to watch over the kids.
I, for one, found this surprisingly poignant, given the upheaval happening on our southern border.
"The Incredibles 2" is rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language.
It is showing daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.
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MPAA rating: R for language throughout, crude sexual content, drug use and brief nudity
Mitchell Storyteller 7
For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade, risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry, “You’re It!”
This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming — and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
Directed by Jeff Tomsic, this film stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Jeremy Renner, and Annabelle Wallis.
This film will be screened daily.
Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.
MPAA rating: PG-13 for some mature thematic elements, a scene of violence, drug use and partial nudity.
Movies at the TCA
One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.
The estate is owned by Sorin (Brian Dennehy), a retired government employee, and his sister Irina (Annette Bening), a legendary actress of the Moscow stage. Irina is imperious, narcissistic and selfish, and anxious about holding on to her star status and the affections of her younger lover, Boris Trigorin (Corey Stoll), a successful writer of short stories. Irina constantly belittles her aspiring writer son Konstantin (Billy Howle), perhaps because his existence as a grown man reminds her that age is catching up with her.
Konstantin, who grew up on the estate, is head over heels in love with Nina (Saoirse Ronan), a beautiful and naïve local girl who dreams of being an actress. Nina is flattered when Konstantin gives her the starring role in his newly written play, but soon after encountering Boris, she rejects Konstantin and pursues the handsome and famous writer instead.
Masha (Elisabeth Moss), the forlorn, black-clad, self-medicating daughter of Sorin’s estate manager Shamrayev (Glenn Fleshler) and his wife Polina (Mare Winningham), suffers an unrequited love for Konstantin, who insensitively spurns her. She scorns the insipid schoolteacher Medvedenko (Michael Zegen), who refuses to be discouraged by her rejection. Polina aches for the charismatic country doctor Dorn (Jon Tenney), who, pays her some attention, but still relishes the connection with Irina with whom he had an affair years ago.
“The Seagull” is adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam (“The Humans”) from Anton Chekhov’s classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer (”Spring Awakening”).
This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (June 24), and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (June 25-27).
Movies at the TCA film series, Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call the Taos Center for the Arts at (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.
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