Yet more Ticket Stub action:

* In Her Shoes -- As I predicted, there's more to this c-flick than meets the eye. Yes, it's about two clashing sisters and their wrecked romances, but it's also about how families deal with mental illness, how women treat each other, and how people try to change. Oh, and illiteracy! OK, there are some gratuitously cute dogs, old people, and shoes for that matter, but Curtis Hanson once again is able to create realistic characters in a realistic setting, not a fake movie universe. It's the opposite of that Must Love Dogs train wreck from earlier this year: sweet, but brainy too. Extra points for Shirley Maclaine playing the grandma quietly and carefully, rather than over-the-top grande dame. (B+)

* Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit -- Hands down, the funniest movie of the year; sorry, Steve Carrell. Even more wonderful than the lovingly detailed clay universe is the story -- what a concept, a movie with an original story! By turns funny, spooky, goofy, cheeky, and clever, it should be nominated for Best Screenplay (hey, Finding Nemo did it first). I don't want to give away the plot, but it involves brain waves, bunnies, and big hunks of cheese. Highly recommended, and not just for kids! (A+)

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