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TWO Thumbs Up for “Coraline”

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm in Movies.

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Got any fans of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” book at home? The new “Coraline” movie opens this Friday and Times movie critic Randy Myers loved it. His review of “the endlessly inventive, deliciously twisted” tale, helmed by the director of “Nightmare Before Christmas,” just popped up on the Times web site and it’s a big two thumbs up.

The plot? When young Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) comes across a mysterious tunnel to an alternative reality, she thinks that here, at least, she can get whatever she desires. But this trip through the looking glass quickly turns into a nightmare. Myers cautions parents that children who had a rough time with “Snow White” may be freaked out by “Coraline” …

which is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor. “Although a bit scary for tiny tykes,” he says, “everyone else will hoist this macabre tale atop that cartoon shelf normally reserved for Pixar films.” Older kids will love its twisted, dark sense of humor, but this is a case where the movie trailer really does convey the intensity level. It’s more intense than “Nightmare Before Christmas,” he says, largely because it’s alterna-mom (Coraline’s mother in that alternate reality) who’s so evil.

Read the rest of his review , then watch the trailer right here.

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