Shark Tale

Directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman

Not up to "Shrek" level, but a feast for the eyes, DreamWorks' computer-animated underwater adventure is crammed to the gills with pop-culture in-jokes, movie quotations and a stellar vocal cast including Robert De Niro and Renee Zellweger. All this provides amusing distraction from a formulaic story. The odd couple in this mobster buddy movie are Will Smith's jive-talking (and tiresome) Oscar, a cleaner wrasse who lies his way to fame by claiming to be a shark killer, and Jack Black's Lenny, a timid vegetarian shark.

"Shark Tale" is full of invention, but under the colorful icing is a slightly stale cake.

Motorcycle Diaries

Directed by Walter Salles

In 1952, the asthmatic young Argentine medical student Ernesto Guevara (the compelling Gael Garcia Bernal) set off on a cranky motorcycle to explore South America with his pal Alberto Granado (scene-stealing Rodrigo de la Serna). Guevara--who would later become the legendary revolutionary "Che"--was introverted when he left; by the end of his journey his social conscience has been awakened. Walter Salles's well-observed movie downplays politics for humanism. It's a picturesque tale that, hobbled by its episodic structure, never achieves full steam.

The Forgotten

Directed by Joseph Ruben

Telly (Julianne Moore) can't stop mourning her young son, Sam, killed in a plane crash. Then everybody tells her she never had a son, and sure enough, there are no traces of Sam to be found. The real suspense is in seeing just how far out there Gerald Di Pego's script is going to go, as this paranoid thriller leaps to the supernatural. It's poppycock, but well directed: Ruben delivers two or three guaranteed jolts, which almost make up for the copout of an ending.

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