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Paranorman: A Solid Movie with Impressive Visuals

by Michael Ward
HollywoodNews.com: After dazzling us with Coraline, it should come as a surprise to no one that Laika Stuidos newest film, ParaNorman would be at least a solid movie with impressive visuals. But man did they take it to the next level with this film. With ParaNorman, directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler manage to not only deliver beautiful visuals, but 90 minutes of an incredibly rich story filled with solid themes and great characterizations.
An uproariously funny homage to zombie films and 80s films like The Goonies, ParaNorman tells the story a boy named Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has the ability to talk to ghosts. He’s picked on by a bully named Alvin and misunderstood by everyone, especially his parents. Already ostracized, he manages to make a friend named Neil, but at the same time come visions and a warning from his crazy uncle about a witch’s curse that will be enacted if he doesn’t read a story on the witch’s grave. Unfortunately for him hijinks ensue and the dead rise, leading Norman to team up with some unlikely people including his sister, his tormentor, his friend Neil and Neil’s brother Mitch to save the town from the zombies and the witch’s curse.
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Exclusive “Let Me In” clip sinks its teeth into Internet

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re keeping a close eye on Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In,” a remake of Tomas Alfredson’s killer vampire flick that stars Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Road” as a lonely young boy who befriends a young girl in his apartment complex (Chloe Moretz) and eventually learns her deadly secret.
The film will play Toronto next week before heading to Austin to hold court at Fantastic Fest. This morning, though, we have an exclusive clip from the film courtesy of the cleverly titled Web site Enter Under Penalty of Death.
Click here to view it.
Reeves certainly has his work cut out for him. The tremendous original, titled “Let the Right One In,” has a relatively strong cult audience. And it only came out in 2008, meaning it’s still very fresh in people’s mind, so comparisons – positive and negative – will be easy to make.
That being said, if Reeves can duplicate the mood of the first film, he has a chance to introduce a tender and terrifying story to a larger, American audience who don’t like reading subtitles.
“Let Me In” opens everywhere on Oct. 1.
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“Let Me In” international trailer sinks its teeth into the Web

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As many of you may know, I am opposed to remakes, in general, and vehemently opposed to remakes of films that already were good in their initial existence. So the idea that “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves is remaking Tomas Alfredson’s chilling vampire thriller “Let the Right One In” so soon after its release (we saw it in 2008) has me shaking my head in frustration.
Still, the casting of Reeves’ “Let Me In” is accurate. Chloe Moretz, the controversial Hit Girl from this spring’s “Kick-Ass,” will play undead Abby, who forges a relationship with Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Road.” Both child actors have given strong performances in other films, and I hope Reeves gets a lot from them.
And now, we’re starting to see footage. An international trailer released to Deadline has made its way to YouTube. Click here to check it out.
It looks ominous, with certain images mirroring the original. Ny blood rushed when I saw Smit-McPhee plunge into a swimming pool. You’ll find out why soon enough.
But it’s also cut a bit like a “Final Destination” sequel, with an alt-rock temp track backing the action. Alfredson’s film had mood, not action. It’s possible Reeves maintains that mood, though it’s hard to tell from this first clip.
“Let Me In” opens Oct. 1, 2010.
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