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As in his previous films, there is a brave and resourceful young girl at the center of the action. Arrietty is a member of a race of tiny people called Borrowers. They lead a concealed life in the gardens surrounding a large country home.
They conduct forays into the home at night to "borrow" small amounts of food and supplies to sustain their existence. These exploits lead to tension and danger from marauding crows, cats and insects. When a sickly boy comes to stay at the home, his sighting of Arrietty brings new challenges to her entire family.
The depictions of their many adventures are beautiful and captivating. This lovely film is sweet and subtle, but may be too slowly paced to keep younger children fully entertained. Nevertheless, it's sure to be a nominee for Best Animated Feature at next year's Oscars ceremony.
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Tuck wants to find a nice woman and settle down. What luck his first Internet date should be with Lauren (
Ms. Witherspoon, ever perky, is playing a variation on her "Legally Blonde" character but without a sense of purpose. The real chemistry is between FDR and Tuck, friends who would take a bullet for each other but have no qualms trying to outdo the other when it comes to love (and cyber stalking, ick).
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JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.