Flushed Away (D: David Bowers, Sam Fell, 85 min)
There are so many computer-generated animated films out there that even toddlers must be saying "Enough already."
Flushed Away uses Claymation and the voices of a starry cast (Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellan) to tell a story about a posh mouse whose life literally goes down the drain. Once in the sewer, he must fend for his life with mice and rats alike.
Co-director David Bowers worked on Wallace & Gromit in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, so there's a chance this could be decent.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(D: Michael Lembeck, 98 min)
Martin Short's chipmunk-cheek grin has survived a terrible recent stage play and the Jiminy Glick movie. So let's see if it holds up under the hideous makeup he's required to wear as Jack Frost in the crassest of holiday movie franchises.
In The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Short's Frost, complete with icicle hair (that's gotta hurt), tries to take Christmas away from Tim Allen's big man in red.
The cast includes Ann-Margret and Alan Arkin (hmmm... will grandparents be bringing the kids?) and Abigail Breslin, the fire plug from Keane and Little Miss Sunshine who's shaping up to be the next Dakota Fanning.
Both screened after press time - see review of Flushed Away November 9 and Escape Clause November 10 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.