‘Brave’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices only): Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson Rating: PG, and somewhat generously, for rude humor and considerable scary action All Pixar animated films are lush, impeccably mounted productions — every backdrop fine-tuned to the height of available imaging technology, every scene timed [...]
Summer arrives earlier every year, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. This year’s summer began back on May 4, with the thunderous arrival of “The Avengers.”
And with a global box-office take of $1.18 billion — as of last weekend — it’s safe to say that no other entry has a prayer of duplicating that success between now and late August.
Perhaps that’s just as well. For the first time in many, many years, the season isn’t entirely dominated by sequels and would-be franchises, although you’ll still find plenty …