MOVIES: The best movie of the year (that you won't see 'til June)


  The wonderful folks at Pixar continue their remarkable winning streak.
  After receiving a "Big 10" award at this week's ShoWest movie convention — in honor of 10-in-a-row blockbusters "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" — Pixar demonstrated that there's plenty more where that came from, with a first-ever screening of "Toy Story 3."
  And while I don't want to spoil any surprises, it's hardly a surprise to report that the concluding chapter of the "Toy Story" saga is just as inventive and delightful as its predecessors. Unfortunately, it's not hitting theaters until June 18, but — trust me — the wait is worth it and then some. It's the best movie I've seen so far this year. (And the year's almost a quarter gone.)
  As with all Pixar releases, an animated short precedes the main feature ... and Las Vegas plays a major role in the beguiling "Day and Night."
  I'll have more — much more — to say about both in a formal review, but for now it's a comfort to know that, in a summer movie season packed with sequels and retreads, Pixar once again delivers. And then some.
  If only all movies could muster half the smarts (and heart) the Pixar folks bring to every one of their movies, short and feature-length, I wouldn't be nearly as crabby a critic ...