(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 Expendables 2

By Tribune Media Services

(R) ★☆☆☆☆ This overblown action-star reunion pic is all good fun and games, but it also reaches and exceeds the Maximum Mayhem Threshold to become a wise-cracking cavalcade of carnage. Barney Ross (Stallone) and his team (which includes Statham, Couture, Lundgren, Li, Liam Hemsworth, etc.) take their soldier-for-hire thing to Nepal to battle countless henchman, Jean Vilain (Van Damme) and spy boss Bruce Willis. It’s pretty ridiculous, especially once Chuck Norris shows up.