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'Brave,' 'Seeking a Friend,' 'Paul Williams' hit theaters

June 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The weekend brings several new movies into the box office fold, and I'm reviewing three of them for you: A documentary, a dark comedy, and an animated adventure that was years in the making.

In "Brave," the people at Pixar are back with their first female lead and Disney's newest princess.

"Brave" takes place in Scotland hundreds of years ago. It's about an independent princess with a mind of her own.

Unfortunately, she does something that creates a big uh-oh. It's an odd plot twist and if you want to enjoy the movie, you just need to go with it.

It's fun to see Scotland animated and hear real Scottish actors, including Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson doing the voices.

And the animation is stunning. Look for Merida's untamed red mane of hair to wow you. The PG-rated "Brave" is fun and feisty.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" takes what sounds like a big-budget disaster film and turns it into a dark comedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The plot is built around a giant asteroid that is on target to destroy earth in three weeks.

Carell and Knightly are very good as unlikely friends in a doomsday story that's just different. It's funny, sad, touching and sometimes even a little creepy.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is rated R.

"Paul Williams Still Alive" is a documentary on the popular songwriter of the seventies. His works include "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," and "Rainbow Connection."

It's written and directed by Stephen Kessler, a lifelong fan.

Kessler thought Williams was dead. But when he found out he was still alive, he tracked him down to make a film about his life then and now.

"Paul Williams Still Alive" is sometimes sad, sweet, funny, uncomfortable, endearing and it's brave on Williams' part to allow his life -- and his problems -- to be so exposed. It's a compelling film.

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