The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure -- If you think the “full-bodied puppets” the Oogieloves look kinda reminiscent of the Teletubbies, it’s no accident: The latter’s American importer couldn’t get permission to spin them off into a feature film, so he just made up a “new” bunch of characters instead. In their debut, the Oogieloves hunt for some missing balloons for a birthday party, with the help of moonlighting sitcom stars like Cloris Leachman, Jamie Pressly and, um, Toni Braxton (work with me here). Meanwhile, the kids in the audience get to experience the thrill of “interactivity,” which apparently means screaming their fool heads off at the screen loud and long enough to give their parents a newfound respect for Casey Anthony. (opened Wednesday, Aug. 29; G)
The Possession -- Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, Kevin Bacon’s pants) play concerned parents who realize their young daughter (Natasha Calis, failed contraception) has released an evil spirit from a box she picked up at a yard sale. Official reaction from craigslist: “Right, and we’re the asshole.” (PG-13)
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