The first movie weekend of November is highlighted by a bad guy going good.
The big movie this weekend is Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," a funny and sweet computer-animated comedy about a videogame villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) who after 30 years of wrecking stuff in his "Donkey Kong"-like game wants to be the hero for a change. The movie finds great humor bouncing around the different videogame worlds, from a violent first-person-shooter game to a candy-themed racing game where Ralph encounters the acerbic but good-hearted Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman). The voice work, particularly by Silverman, give this hilarious movie its heart. (Read The Cricket's interview with director Rich Moore.)
"Flight" marks the first live-action movie that Robert Zemeckis has directed since "Cast Away" in 2000. Denzel Washington stars as an airline pilot who performs a miraculous move to save a plane from a horrific crash. But the investigation into the crash raises questions about his alcohol abuse. The movie becomes a straightforward drama about substance abuse, but Washington's strong performance makes it work.