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THE INTOUCHABLES R
The best description for Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s The Intouchables is sweet. Philippe (François Cluzet), a maturing, rich quadriplegic Parisian, hires Driss (Omar Sy), a rough young man of African heritage, to be his in-house caretaker. Philippe is bored with his repetitive lifestyle and detests being handled by caretakers and nurses. The loud, outspoken and crude Driss needs work. Both men need each other—Philippe needs the abrasive reminders that he’s still human and Driss needs the direction and compassion of Philippe. The film follows their friendship through life’s adventures. Sy’s sprightly performance helps to make The Intouchables, based on a true story, feel fresh. (Daniel Gaitan) Opens June 8 at the Downer Theatre.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED PG
Though they’ve had happy times in Africa, Alex the stouthearted lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) feels that he, Marty the extroverted zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the nervous giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the sassy hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) must return home to their beloved zoo in the Big Apple. The quartet scubas across the Mediterranean to reach the penguins and their plane, but before they can fly away they are found by a vicious animal control officer (Frances McDormand). To make their escape, the friends become stowaways with a circus on a tour that will take them to the United States. However, to earn their ride home, the foursome must create and star in a circus act. This colorful, 3-D chapter is the silliest Madagascar to date. (Lisa Miller)
Set in 2093, this cousin to Alien shares that film’s director, Ridley Scott. The story imagines a private company funding the search for the origins of life. A promising moon in another solar system prompts the company to send a crew. Charlize Theron portrays the firm’s rep, who places corporate interests above the lives of the crew. Michael Fassbender appears as a cyborg, Idris Elba plays the ship’s captain, Logan Marshall-Green stands in as an archaeologist and Noomi Rapace is Elizabeth, the film’s moral center. After reaching the moon, Elizabeth finds cave paintings linking the moon’s inhabitants to Earth. Soon enough, they find the extraterrestrials, murderous creatures that quickly get the upper hand. (L.M.)