ParaNorman Tired of zany animated kiddie films with googly-eyed characters doing wacky things? Thank the creative folks at stop-motion animation studio Laika, then, for this refreshingly original and edgy (and technically outstanding) movie about a kid who sees dead people and gets bullied for it. As it turns out, Norman might be the only person able to save his town from a witch's curse. Use your wisest discretion when showing to the kids--it's got some macabre humor, scary characters and an intense climax that may bring up more questions about death than you want to deal with, and could frighten your littlest ones more than it delights them. Extras: Featurette on creating the characters and world, director commentary, seven segments showcasing Norman and his costars (DVD/BD).
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Lawless John Hillcoat (The Road) directs this graphic, bloody story about the three Bondurant brothers, Jack (Shia LaBeouf), Howard (Jason Clarke), and Forrest (Tom Hardy), who made their fortune selling moonshine in the Prohibition-era South against pressure from crooked law enforcement and encroaching gangsters. Extras: Director commentary, featurettes on the true story and where it took place, deleted scenes and Willie Nelson music video (DVD/BD).
The Apparition Twi-hards will recognize Ashley Greene as the star of this movie, playing one half of a young couple being haunted by a terrifying entity that follows them wherever they go. Can Harry Potter' baddie Tom Felton save them? Extras: "The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter" featurette (DVD/BD); the BD adds features on the paranormal, the town setting, and the experiment that conjured the ghost.
Step Up Revolution This series just keeps going and going, like an endless dance number. This time around, it's So You Think You Can Dance's Kathryn McCormick and MMA fighter Ryan Guzman debuting as dancers who must rally their townsfolk to fight a developer threatening to raze their homes and businesses. Extras: Deleted scenes, music videos from J. Lo and Timbaland, multiple featurettes with the cast and crew (DVD/BD).
Men in Black 3 (out Friday, Nov. 30) Many critics liked this third in the franchise better than the second, as Agent J (Will Smith) has to travel back in time with a younger version of his partner K (James Brolin) to save the older K (Tommy Lee Jones) as well as the planet. Extras: Gag reel, making-of featurette, Pitbull music video (DVD/BD); the BD adds "Spot the Alien" game, featurettes on the effects and the different time frames, and detailed looks at specific action sequences. A 3D combo pack adds featurettes on the 3D models and the 3D conversion process.
Sparkle (out Friday, Nov. 30) Known more for being Whitney Houston's last film than American Idol Jordin Sparks' first one, it tells the hackneyed story of a rising star dealing with an overbearing mama, a burgeoning romance with her manager, and the usual music industry tropes that threaten her and her two singing sisters. Extras: Director commentary and two featurettes, one of them a tribute to Houston (DVD/BD); the BD adds two more featurettes and a music video with Houston and Sparks.
All the old Christmas specials like Rudolph or The year without Christmas are still the best,
Wallace and Grommit, I always get a kick out of these shows
Old christmas specials( heat miser) Rudolph the red nose reindeer another good one( abominable snowman!).
I loved chicken run!
I love Wallace & Grommet.
I have many favorites, but I'm going to answer with Mary & Max. It's a bittersweet story about the complex friendship between two penpals, a girl from Australia and a man in New York City.
Nightmare Before Christmas - It was the start to a new movie making trend.
Chicken Run was just funny :)
Definitely Nightmare Before Christmas! Such a cute Movie!!
The Nightmare Before Christmas. Brilliant adaptation of a Tim Burton story by Henry Selick. And Danny Elfman's score is infectious!
I have to go with The Nightmare Before Christmas, considering it was a revolutionary breakthrough in stop-motion animation, and inspired film makers to create more full-length stop-motion features like the ones we see today.
The nightmare before Christmas! It's an amazing story! I have loved it since I first watched it years and years ago and now I get to watch it with my 6 year old who also loves it.
Coraline was a sweet movie!
The Nightmare Before Christmas because it's Time Burton at his best. A nostalgic movie that many generations will watch again and again.
Corpse Bride...it is such a great story.
Paranorman is my new favorite as the animation (lighting through the ears really impressed me!) and story were great! The story doesn't try to dumb everything down and has great things for both parents and kids and has great messages too!
The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's a classic and it incorporates both my favorite holidays which are Christmas and Halloween!
we have a couple favs but i would say madagascar is one of them ,nitemare before christmas ,we love animated movies at all our ages cant wait for this one to see ty
It has always been The Nightmare before christmas, but I may be adding Paranorman (or Frankenweenie), the stop motion tecnique has evolved and Paranorman speaks about it just as it should be. I watch TNBC every year, and I could see myslef watching Paranorman every witch's season too!
Nightmare Before Christmas! That has been my favorite since it first released...Yes I'm old,LOL!
Paranorman was a nice surprise. It had just enough "creepy" for kids to watch and parents to enjoy. Not to mention the adult humor that was slipped in was great!!
Wallace and Gromit because it's so funny!
Wallace and Gromit!
Coraline, though ParaNorman certainly is a close second.
Coraline is my favorite stop motion film. It is animated beautifully and pulls you into a world like none we've ever seen. Neil Gaiman's story is also interesting and makes the movie worth watching even if the animation wasn't as good as it is.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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