TOY STORY 3:

Beyond the visual splendor of Pixar movies are their plots which appeal to and resonate on an adult level. That tradition continues in this third entry from the Disney Pixar franchise that introduced us to computer-generated animation while confirming suspicions that our playthings had lives outside our presence. After an excellent opening fantasy train rescue sequence, cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and his pals wind up at a day-care center when their 17-year-old owner (voiced by John Morris) prepares to leave for college. The screenplay by Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) is heavy laden with physical, slapstick comedy thatís genuinely funny. But there are just as many scenes that deal with grown-up issues like friendship and divided loyalties, life changes and the inherent desire to feel loved and useful. Itís a mark of superior storyline development and writing when you begin to think of these characters as actual humans since they have a lot more depth and emotional range than most of their live action counterparts. Randy Newmanís musical score and songs continue to be a perfect match for this series. Even if this entry does wander into the obligatory territory of chase scenes and narrow escapes that permeate summer fare, it still combines humor and heart into an entertaining mix that will appeal to different ages for different reasons. By the way, donít spend the extra money to watch this in 3-D since this gimmick only enhances the pre-feature commercials and trailers. The movie itself doesnít need it to produce our appreciation and imagination of the work. CRITICíS GRADE: B+

MOVIES TO WATCH FOR IN JULY: THE LAST AIRBENDER (July 2), TWELVE (July 2), DESPICABLE ME (July 9), THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (July 9), PREDATORS (July 9), INCEPTION (July 16), THE SORCERERíS APPRENTICE (July 16), DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (July 23), SALT (July 23), THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (July 30), CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (July 30)