ParaNorman

(PG) ★★★☆☆

The latest film to employ stereoscopic 3-D stop-motion animation happens to be one of the summer’s most enjoyable. In the Salem, Mass.-styled town of Blithe Hollow, young Norman has the Sixth Sense problem: He sees dead people. One of his ghosts, Mr. Prenderghast, is desperate to share a secret involving the town’s witch curse. There’s a zombie invasion as Norman and his band of misfits race to solve the riddle and save the town, all the while the filmmaking choices work.

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The Campaign

By Tribune Media Services

(R) ★★☆☆☆ This political farce can’t make up its mind about what it wants to be. It’s a congressional race in North Carolina. Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady, longtime incumbent, cross between John Edwards and Bill Clinton. Zach Galifianakis plays Marty Huggins, a simp, the Republican son of a backroom dealmaker. John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd are billionaires based on the Koch brothers. Ridiculousness ensues. While there are laughs, there is too much buffoonery, and it comes off as muddled.

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