It's Easter weekend, and you'd be hard-pressed to find an Easter egg as colorful and vibrant as the best new movie in theaters.
That's "Chico & Rita," a surprise nominee for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The Spanish-language romance, between a soulful singer and a two-timing jazzman in the 1950s, takes the viewer from the hotspots of Havana to the clubs of New York. Direcors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal combine bold lines, radiant colors and a propulsive jazz score (including animated cameos of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) to create a delight for the eyes and ears. (It's also sexy and very adult, with animated sex scenes and nudity.)
The weekend's big studio opening is "American Reunion," the fourth (if you don't count direct-to-DVD releases, and who does?) of the "American Pie" franchise. It's more than a decade since we first met the awkwardly sex-obsessed Jim (Jason Biggs) and his horndog buddies and now we catch up to them dealing with the real world, and still as raunchy as ever. The Tribune's Scott D. Pierce writes that the movie is just a rehash of the jokes of the previous films.