Super 8

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

It’s a good time, this J.J. Abrams-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced movie—a critter picture conjoined with a coming-of-age picture. Joe (Joel Courtney), the young teenage son of a local police officer (Kyle Chandler), is making a zombie movie with his friends in their hilly Ohio steel town. One night while filming a scene on the train platform, an Air Force train derails before their very eyes, some strange boxcar cargo making its presence known. Then the strangeness starts happening.

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