RANGO
2011, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Gore Verbinski

A bug-eyed, Hawaiian shirt-wearing pet chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) pines for outside-the-terrarium-tank adventure, which is exactly what he gets when a freak accident lands him in the Mojave Desert outpost of Dirt. Dirt’s varmint inhabitants need a hero to save them from the slithery predators and corrupt turtle mayor (voiced by Ned Beatty) who are preying on the town and keeping it in a perpetual state of drought, and the chameleon obliges, taking on the role of daring gunslinger Rango. Filmmaker Gore Verbinski’s (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) endlessly imaginative, borderline hallucinogenic and visually stunning riff on the Wild West genre, with a hilarious, witty script by John Logan, is a treat for audiences of all ages. With the voice talents of Bill Nighy as the venomous Rattlesnake Jake, Ray Winstone as the gila-monster heavy Bad Bill and Isla Fisher as Rango's love interest, Beans. “RANGO is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.” -Roger Ebert


THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
1961, Sony Repertory, 157 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Gregory Peck leads David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle and James Darren on a perilous mission to destroy an enormous Nazi gun battery on the Greek coast. Partisans Irene Papas and Gia Scala lend their support behind enemy lines. Grueling and exhilarating, with some truly awe-inspiring suspense/action sequences. After EL CID, one of the most intelligent and human of the epic adventure spectaculars.


AN AMERICAN TAIL
1986, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

Young Russian mouse Fievel (voiced by Phillip Glasser) and his family are immigrating to America, a refuge they mistakenly think is cat-free, when he is separated from his parents and sister. Forced to fend for himself in a strange land that most certainly has a nasty feline presence, Fievel bands together with streetwise Italian mouse Tony (Pat Musick) and politically oriented Irish mouse Bridget (Cathianne Blore), and together the three concoct a fantastic plan to rid New York City of its cats once and for all. With the voice talents of Christopher Plummer as inspirational French pigeon Henri, and John Finnegan as the unscrupulous Warren T. Rat.


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