Toy Story and Toy Story 2 **** ( 4 STARS) You shouldn't pass up a chance to see them in 3-D. "Toy Story" is a buddy movie, with cowboy raggedy-doll Woody and sleek Space Age action figure Buzz going through the roughhouse version of getting-to-know-you familiar from "48 Hrs." and "Lethal Weapon."
"Toy Story 2" is warmer and harder to classify. It's an ensemble comedy about several unexpected matters, including Woody discovering his show-biz roots - and his "inner cowboy" - and Buzz soldiering on through a hall-of-mirrors-like experience similar to the one John Malkovich endures when he goes into his own brain in "Being John Malkovich."
Opening next Friday
The Box: (Warner Bros.) A suburban couple face a moral dilemma when they receive an anonymous wooden box promising $1 million for pushing a button that will cause the death of another person. With Cameron Diaz.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: (Walt Disney Pictures) Director Robert Zemeckis captures the classic Dickens tale with a 3-D twist. With Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.
Coco Before Chanel: (Sony Pictures Classics) The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. With Audrey Tautou.
The Damned United : (Sony Pictures Classics) A look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United. With Colm Meaney and Michael Sheen.
The Fourth Kind: (Universal Pictures) A psychologist investigates an extraordinary number of disappearances around a small Alaska town. With Milla Jovovich and Elias Koteas.
The Men Who Stare at Goats: (Overture) A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets a guy who claims to be a former member of a unit that employs paranormal powers in its missions. With George Clooney and Ewan McGregor.
Release dates are subject to change.