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October 6, 2010

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DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO!
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) Another Dr. Seuss movie, but Hollywood has literally gone back to the drawing board this time, forgoing idiot live-action stars and creating a dreamy computer-animated wonderland for the good doctor’s critters to galumph through. Jim Carrey provides the voice of Horton, Steve Carell’s the Mayor of Whoville, and despite some pandering overkill, the movie’s perfectly acceptable for the tyke crowd — Seuss commercialized but not prostituted. (G; runs through Oct. 18) TY BURR

FLUSHED AWAY
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) This cartoon critter comedy is a bipolar affair, with the delicate goofiness of the “Wallace & Gromit’’ movies steamrollered by Hollywood-style computer animation and plot formulas. Kids will like it, but the movie only comes to life for about 20 minutes in the middle. With the voices of Hugh Jackman (as a rat), Kate Winslet (another rat), and Ian McKellen (as a frog). (PG; runs through Oct. 18) TY BURR

GET SMART
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) Missed it by that much. The new version of the beloved 1960s spy-spoof series surrounds likable players and a handful of solid belly laughs with $80 million worth of formulaic summer-movie mediocrity. Steve Carell is a sympathetically hangdog Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway makes an elegant Agent 99, and Alan Arkin is a crisp joy as the Chief. While many things explode, the movie never detonates. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 18) TY BURR