Friday movie roundup – March 30

Three new wide releases this week, and I can recommend all of them, albeit some more heartily than others.

“The Lookout,” which you may recall played at South by Southwest a couple weeks ago, is an outstanding drama with some thriller elements about a young man with memory problems who gets drawn into a bank robbery. It’s a film that might easily go unnoticed, especially with two very big movies opening simultaneously, so I wanted to mention it first.

“Meet the Robinsons” is the latest from the Disney animation crew, and while it gets off to a slow start, it’s very funny once it kicks into high gear. Some theaters are showing it in 3-D, which is how I saw it, and it’s a visual treat, too.

Showing before “Meet the Robinsons” is a 1953 Donald Duck cartoon called “Working for Peanuts,” also in 3-D. It’s not particularly good, but it’s always nice to see Donald and the chipmunks on the big screen.

Finally, “Blades of Glory” would be better without Jon Heder, but Will Ferrell saves the day. This was the movie I saw when I was in Austin that I wasn’t allowed to tell you about. Technically, press weren’t invited to that screening, so we didn’t want to say anything about it until the film opened. And of course since it’s a Paramount release, I wasn’t invited to the Portland press screenings.

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I bid you good day!