Movie Diary 12/7/2009

The Princess and the Frog (Ron Clements and John Musker, 2009). Disney’s return to traditional animation: New Orleans flavor, voodoo dude, amphibians, Randy Newman songs. High on quality, maybe not quite as high on magic. (full review 12/11)

Invictus (Clint Eastwood, 2009). Going at the Nelson Mandela story via a true rugby saga, which is a good way to go at a great man’s life – pick a slice and get it right. “Old-fashioned” isn’t easy to do, so give Eastwood credit. (full review 12/11)

The Lineup (Don Siegel, 1958). Good smash-mouth noir stuff in a quick-moving Siegel policier starring San Francisco and Eli Wallach.

Sonicsgate (Jason Reid, 2009). Seattle-made labor of love about how a team got stolen from the city by a group of slimebags. Now that’s Americana. (full review 12/11)