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It's a shame that The Mighty Macs didn't get a better distribution deal than it did, because it's a lot better than its dumping into direct-to-dvd purgatory would suggest. Its every narrative beat is telegraphed within the opening minutes, but acted out with conviction and elevated by a strong turn by Carla Gugino. What's most likely is that it was pigeonholed by distributors as a religious film, which is true and it isn't: while Macs doesn't make any excuses or apologies for its embracing of the institution of Catholic schools, it never lapses into mere proselytizing or reverence, but is rather energetic in its love of basketball.
- Anders Nelson
DVD or Blu-ray? Redbox or Netflix? Streaming? Whatever your poison, we've got the highlights and lowlights on the week's new releases -- as well a double-shot of exclusive Clint Eastwood clips from the new release "J. Edgar" and the 20th anniversary Blu-ray of "Unforgiven." Moviefone's Pick of the Week "Puss in Boots"(Friday, February 24) What's It About? Antonio Banderas' fan-favorite feline from the "Shrek' series gets his own movie. With Humpty Dumpty and the mysterious Kitty Softpaws at his side, the swashbuckling cat attempts to steal golden goose eggs from a giant's castle, and creates a whole new set of fractured fairy tale adventures. See It Because: Even if the "Shrek" series has worn thin, "Puss" has enough lively charm to feel like something new; the voice cast plays their parts with a lot of loose, madcap energy and the animation is wonderfully imaginative. Also Available On Redbox »
- Eric Larnick
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