Aliens in the Attic (2009, USA/CDN) C-86m. *** D: John Schultz. Starring Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler, Ashley Tisdale, Ahsley Boettcher, Doris Roberts, Robert Hoffman, Kevin Nealon, voices of Thomas Haden Church, Josh Peck, Kari Wahlgren J.K. Simmons. When the family is going for a summer break in their recently leased holiday home, they haven't reckoned with an invasion of imp-sized aliens, who are planning to take over the planet. How can you stop the creatures, when they use mind-control techniques and your parents won't believe you? Fast-paced, exciting, funny popcorn movie that never takes itself seriously. Hoffman is a hoot as Tisdale's remote-controlled boyfriend. A nice throwback to THE GOONIES and CRITTERS days.

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