The Princess and the Frog *** If you don't have kids at home, this probably isn't on your movie to-do list. So grab a pen and jot it down, because this return to the liquid beauty of hand-drawn animation from Disney, with big production numbers, is the best movie musical going. Hit a late-night screening, OK 10 is about as late as it gets, but that's past bedtime for little ones, so you'll find it a mostly adult affair. Settle in and consider these questions: Are you swept up by the brilliant artistry as the story unfolds - starry-eyed dreamer, frog prince, fateful kiss, bad mojo, good mojo? Can you identify all the musical styles from traditional blues to zydeco that Randy Newman draws on?
Opening next Friday
The Book of Eli: (Warner Bros.) In a post-apocalyptic future, a lone warrior must protect a book that holds the secrets to saving mankind. With Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
Crazy Heart: (Fox Searchlight) A hard-living country music singer seeks salvation with the help of a journalist who discovers the man behind the musician. With Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil: (The Weinstein Co.) Red Riding Hood and the Wolf investigate the mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel. With the voices of Hayden Panettiere and Patrick Warburton.
The Lovely Bones : (Paramount Pictures) Peter Jackson directs this tale of a murdered girl who watches over her family and her killer from an in-between realm. With Saoirse Ronan and Mark Wahlberg.
A Single Man : (The Weinstein Co.) A British college professor struggles to find meaning in his life after the death of his longtime partner. With Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Directed by Tom Ford.
The Spy Next Door: (Lionsgate) A former CIA spy's old life resurfaces while he's babysitting his girlfriend's three kids. With Jackie Chan and George Lopez.
Release dates are subject to change.