Whimsical, ingratiating, very funny, and richly poignant, Wes Anderson pushes the boundaries of what can be accomplished with stop-motion animation. In fact, you can easily forget that you're watching fictional constructs moved a frame at a time, and simply become caught up with wily Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney), his family, friends and foes. Mr. Fox agreed to give up his larcenous lifestyle at the request of Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) when she became pregnant, but foxes will be foxes, and, years later, Fox's folly kicks off a grand adventure. Buy it.
Don't hate her because she's rich! Sandra Bullock gives a blessedly relaxed, Academy Award-winning performance in a sports drama that earns its emotions honestly. Bullock stars as a real-life Southern lady who opened up her home to a poor young man; her family followed suit, he embraced them as his own and developed into a star football player. The rest is box office history. (Note: not for those adverse to heartwarming uplift.) Rent it.
You have to hand it to John Woo: very few directors nowadays have any idea whatsoever how to stage large-scale battle scenes. Based on an important episode in Chinese history, the "International Version" of Red Cliff runs nearly five hours; sliced down for US consumption, what's left is a galloping, oft-confusing but rousing war pic that should be seen on as big a screen as possible. Both versions are available. Rent it.

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