Kung Fu Panda tops this week's pop culture picks.
TOP PICK – Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/DreamWorks)
Jack Black gives life to a noodle-peddling panda who accidentally becomes a kung-fu warrior in this zippy animated movie opening on Friday. The believe-in-yourself story is a familiar one, but the thrilling fighting sequences pack a real punch. Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie, and David Cross voice members of a brawlin' squad that takes on baddie Ian McShane, who's in full Deadwood mode.
Video Game – Boom Blox (EA)
Steven Spielberg had a hand in this super-fun puzzler for the Wii, where gamers knock down block towers with baseballs, bombs, bowling balls, and whatever else they can get their hands on. But this isn't just mindless hurling; some levels require removing specific pieces while leaving others in place. Best are the multiplayer games, where up to four people try to crumble each other's castles and square off in pumpkin-stuffed fields.
DVD – Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner)
This seven-disc box gathers all five Dirty Harry films—the eponymous 1971 series launcher, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool – tags on some new commentaries, and makes a strong case for Clint Eastwood as the 20th century's coolest badass. Even if some of the movies got ridiculous (The Dead Pool is all about bad guys who bet on which celebrities will die next), Harry "Go ahead, make my day" Callahan didn't.
TV – Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound (Starz)
Hot on Iron Man's supersonic heels comes this look at superheroes who've made the leap from comic books to the big screen. Richard Roeper hosts, but don't let that keep you away. Plenty of kick-ass scenes from Batman, Spider-Man, and Ghost Rider more than make up for his mild-mannered tedium. It airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
VIDEO GAME – Target: Terror (Konami)
This old-school arcade game gets an update for the Wii, but its terrorists are still stuck in the '90s. Post-9/11, it can seem a little naïve, but that doesn't take away the thrill of blasting the head off of a grenade-hurling enemy. Target: Terror works best as a two-person game, where you and a pal load up on various weapons and take down an endless army of gun-toting villains.
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