New Release Round-Up: Megamind, Due Date, Fish Tank and more

I review “Get Low” (Sony), the offbeat tall tale with Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, on Videodrone here, and challenge “Megamind” (Paramount), the animated superhero spoof, in a post here. But there’s plenty more arriving this week.

Due Date

Due Date” (Warner), starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis as mismatched companions, is a road trip comedy driven by director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”).

“Due Date” is, for all intents and purposes, a “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” for the post-“Jackass” age,” concludes MSN critic Glenn Kenny, who confesses that “The duo are always watchable, even as the movie is recycling gags and tropes not just from “Planes, Trains,” but from the first “National Lampoon’s Vacation” picture, the immortal “The Big Lebowski” and even, just for good measure, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” … This is all pretty obvious and stale, but wildly amped up so as to be appropriate, which is to say appropriately “shocking,” by contemporary standards. Which is in itself kind of stale, come to think of it.”

More on Due Date, Fish Tank, Kings of Pastry and more at MSN Videodrone

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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