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76 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3- MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT x Cape Gazette l s the father of a 6- year-old girl, I am cer- tainly well versed in Lhe Disney princess iconography. I have even made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Orlando, Fla., to dine with highly profitable heroines of the Mouse House empire. e So when it was announced that another storybook sister would enter the animated brood, it was met with much an- ticipation in the household. And judging from "Tangled's" trail- ers, what's not to like about the arrival of Rapunzel to the clan? She seemed scrappy, sel[f-as- sured and hardly the distressed damsel that marked the earlier" princess canon. While Me film looked to play fast and lloose with its fairy-tale origins, it seemed to do so for all the right reasons (not, for example, to in- troduce some hip-hop sidekick or provide a musical showcase for a flavor-of-the month musi- ca] artist). And now, after walk- ing out of the theater with a very content little girl, I can't shake the feeling that while the film is a marked improvement from its non-Pixar output, "Tangled" felt needlessly unkempt. There's certainly no com- plaint with the film's flair. It's as lush as anything its sibling Pixar (also known as The Benchmark) has produced. And while the 3- D is engaging, it would remain equally stunning minus one of those dimensions. Its atteotion to detail is evident in every Pop starlet Mandy Moore gwes voice to Rapunzel, the princess stolen in inancy by Gothel, a self-serving witch who uses the child's magical locks as a folica]ly generated Botox. Zachary Levi (TV's "Chuck") no crown voices Flynn Rider, a bumbling, vain petty thief who happens upon Rapunzel's remote castle tower prison following a botched robbery. Both are sur- prisingly stronger than eJther's previous work would suggest. Throughout "TangIed,, though, a faint whiff of despera- tion beans early and grows more overpowering as it ram- bles along. It seems so demo- graphically calculated to appeal to every target audience seg- ment that it never really feels as if it gels together as a whole. One minute it's got the epic sweep of its predecessors, corn: plete with musical interludes (with fairly forgettable numbers from Disney mainstay Alan Menken) and romance, then it . shifts to slapstick with anthro- pomorphic animals straight out of Looney Tunes turf. From "Snow White ' to ' laddin," Dis- ney managed to juggle these ele- ments more subtly and success- fully. And "Tangled" tries, but never feels as though it commits to any of it. "Tangled" is a per- fectly acceptable holiday alter- native that will satisfy any princess-loving young member of your household, and older ewers can easily get lost in the animated opulence. But from its paint-by-numbers story to its hyperventilating need for across-the-boardac- ceptance, Disney's "Tangled" hands us its latest princess with- out letting her fully earn her crown, Movies )) The following movie listings include those of the Movies at Midway. Movie times and listings are subject to change. The WanioVs Wain An Asian warrior assassin struggles to finds peace, content- ment and perhaps love in a forgotten west- ern town in the desert. Rated R, Fasten After 10 years in prison. Driver has asingular focus - to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank rob- bery that led to his irnprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand. he's finally on his mission.., but with two ~l~en on his trail - a veteran cop just days from retirement, and a ~/oung egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted. It's a do or die race to the list's finish as they myster surrounding his brother's murder deepens, and new details emerge ~llong the way hinting that Driver's list may be incomplete. Rated R, Tangled: When the charming bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel. a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair, Rated PG. Love & Other Drugs: Maggie is an allur- ing free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, her down. But she meets her match in Jamie Randall. whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of phar- lWl~ceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themseNes under the influence of the ultimate drug: l~ove. Rated R. Bm4e~lUe: Ali is a small-towm girl with a big voice who escapes hardshil:o and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlmsque Lounge. Rated PG-13. Harry Potter and the Deathtly Hall~ - Part 1: Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortal- ity and destruction - the Horcruxes, Rated PG-13. TEe Next Three Days= With his wife in prison for murder, John Brennan devises an elaborate plan to break her out.. Rated P6- 13. Waiting for 'Superman': For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind. America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians' promises, our buckling pub- lic education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Reminding us that sta- tistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily. Rated PG. Unstoppable: A veteran engineer and a young conductor try frantically to stop a half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city, Rated PG13. Morning 61Dry: When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at "Daybreak" (the last-place Red: Frank, Joe, Marvin, and Victoria used i national morning news show), Becky to be the CIA's top agents - but the secrets 1111'1111111'11 ] decides to revitalize the show by bringing they know just made them the agency's top Ratedn legendarypG.13. TV anchor Mike Pomeroy. targets. Rated PG-13. THIRTIRI Friday, December 3 to l~umay, December 9 The Movies at Midway Rt. One. Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach. 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