Puss in Boots

(PG) ★★★☆☆

DreamWorks’ casting of silky Antonio Banderas a swash-buckling cat pays off brilliantly in this film. There is sex appeal in every syllable, swagger in every line. And even kids get the joke of a voice that grand coming out of a kitty so small. Puss (Banderas) and his childhood pal Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) conspire to steal magic beans. Along the way, Puss has an epic flamenco dance-off with Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek). This is the best animated film of 2011.

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Deer Tick is fucking awesome. The Rhode Island indie rock quintet—whose music ranges from country to soul to frat rock—had the packed house in awe during their 100-minute-plus performance. Lead singer John McCauley has one of those voices that is perfect for loud, raw guitar-driven rock music. And he displayed it on sing-alongs “The Bump,” “Walking Out the Door” and “Main Street.” His talents also include songwriting, guitar strumming and the ability to down copious amounts of alcohol, if the huge bucket of beers onstage was any indication.

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