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Hugo – review

3 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Martin Scorsese leaves his mean streets behind for this exhilarating family tale inspired by the birth of cinema

The families we most associate with Martin Scorsese are the five criminal ones that make up the mafia in the United States, and both they and Scorsese's films deal in violence involving pain and death. His new film, however, aims to entrance every member of every family, and it centres on the great art form that over the past century became the great family entertainment: the cinema. A dramatic pursuit many see as essentially violent and once described by the art theorist Herbert Read as "a chisel of light cutting into the reality of objects", it is created with a demand for "Action!" and ends with the order "Cut!". Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a beautiful book, half graphic novel, half prose tale, by Brian Selznick, the movie is a delightful fable. »

- Philip French

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New Release: Meet Me in St. Louis Blu-ray

13 September 2011 1:17 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Dec. 13, 2011

Price: Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

Judy Garland sings a song about a trolley in Meet Me in St. Louis.

The 1944 Technicolor Hollywood musical classic Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland (A Star is Born), will surely shimmer in its Blu-ray debut.

The fan-favorite film, which was nominated for four Oscars, was directed by Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris) and co-stars Margaret O’Brien (1943′s Jane Eyre) and Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon).

The movie offers a slice of Americana as it deals with the lives and loves of the irrepressible Smith family during the year of the St. Louis World’s Fair.

“The Boy Next Door,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song” are a handful of the standards from the film, which was one of the two highest-grossing MGM theatrical releases of its time.

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- Laurence

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