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Today's Movies: Ratatouille, Sicko, Vitus + More

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A CG rat, a couple documentaries, John McClane and a Swiss genius...should make for an interesting weekend in the theaters. Be sure to also check LAist's LA Film Festival coverage for some other gems playing around town this weekend.

Ratatouille - As far as I'm concerned, Pixar has yet to put out a bad film. Some of my friends argue that "Cars" was a glorified NASCAR commercial and "The Incredibles" lacked originality (just like "Heroes"), but I thoroughly enjoyed both. Now the animation studio is going out on a little bit more of a limb, trying to base a family friendly comedy on the premise of a rat in a kitchen, something that makes most of us lose our appetite. If anyone other than Brad Bird were at the reins I'd be worried, but I have faith he'll come through with a whole lot of help from Patton Oswalt in the title role.

Apne - Bollywood film about boxing...that's all I got.

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Death at a Funeral - Frank Oz (yes, Yoda/Bert/Grover/Cookie Monster/Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle/Swedish Chef and any other muppet character you hold dear) directs this film about a man (the extremely talented Peter Dinklage) exposing a terrible secret about the deceased at a funeral. THAT is dark comedy.