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Saturday, November 26

(2011, Steven Spielberg) The scrolls, the scrolls, who’s got the scrolls? Jamie Bell’s intrepid young journalist, with dog Snowy, must contend with drunken captain Andy Serkis and champagne villain Daniel Craig, in motion capture adaptation of Hergé’s classic bandes dessinées. Plus Road Runner in
3-D in COYOTE FALLS (2010). Both DCP. Approx. 107 mins.


“An ambitious and lively caper, miles smarter than your average 3-D family film! Spielberg not only uses 3-D but bases his story on one of Europe's most beloved comic characters. The 3-D he pulls off, just as Scorsese did in Hugo, because he employs it as an enhancement to 2-D instead of an attention-grabbing gimmick.”
– Roger Ebert          

“A rollicking yarn told with scads of invention and energy, not to mention a technical marvel of the first order…A technologically sophisticated but still sweetly nostalgic reworking of [the] beloved comic. […] There’s much to admire on-screen, including Spielberg’s astonishing attention to visual detail and John Williams’ jaunty score (which evokes the Raiders theme without ever becoming quite that whistle-able.) Like Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, The Adventures of Tintin is clearly a labor of love on the part of the filmmaker.”
– Slate

“EXHILARATING! Visually, the film is astounding, as Spielberg takes full advantage of the freedom of his chosen medium…It’s also the most creative, enjoyable and invigorating blockbuster of the year.”
– Time Out (London)

“Spielberg directs with a keen eye for clarity, both visually and narratively.”
A.V. Club

“Breaks new ground in 3-D performance capture animation…Some of the numerous action set-pieces are absolutely spectacular.”
– Salon

“Spielberg and an army of collaborators — deploying motion capture and 3-D more skillfully than in any film since Avatar — turn this unlikely material into one of the year’s most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, a grand thrill ride of a treasure hunt.”
– New York Post

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