What happens after a villain succeeds in eliminating the hero who’s long been pursuing him? That’s the question faced by the title bad guy (voice of Will Ferrell) in this sly animated fantasy, which was presented in 3-D in theaters. After getting rid of his pursuer (voice of Brad Pitt), Megamind needs a new purpose and has to chart a different course for himself; Tina Fey, Ben Stiller, David Cross and Jonah Hill also are in the vocal cast. Rated PG.
After showing gravitas in such recent projects as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. goes for laughs again in this mildly amusing comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips. After getting booted off a plane and put on the no-fly list because of a fellow passenger’s (fellow Hangover alum Zach Galifianakis) antics, Downey’s character is so desperate to reunite with his wife (Michelle Monaghan) before she gives birth, he accepts a cross-country ride from the other fellow. As might be expected, it’s hardly a smooth trip. Jamie Foxx and Alan Arkin also appear. Rated R.
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Robert Duvall always has been a respected actor and even an Oscar winner (for Tender Mercies), but he has scored some of the best reviews of his career for this fact-inspired comedy-drama about a longtime recluse who decides to stage his own funeral. He wants to face down various rumors that have been spread about him during his absence from society; the fine cast also includes Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black and veteran character actor Bill Cobbs. Rated PG-13.