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2009, Focus Features, 100 min, USA, Dir: Henry Selick

Based on the award-winning book by Neil Gaiman, this Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated hit from director Henry Selick (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) is a remarkably effective fusion of kids movie and horror film. When young Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a passageway to a parallel universe in her new home, what at first seems like the ideal world for the adventurous girl turns out to contain dark secrets and sinister intentions. Costarring Teri Hatcher, and featuring a score by Bruno Coulais that greatly enhances the often-creepy atmosphere

2004, 20th Century Fox, 146 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Denzel Washington stars as Creasy, an ex-CIA op brought to Mexico City to bodyguard his friend’s daughter, 9-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning). As hard-edged Creasy begins to warm to the precocious youngster, something terrible happens: Pita is abducted. Creasy swears vengeance on the kidnappers, and damn near burns down Mexico City to reveal the truth about her disappearance in Tony Scott’s kinetic, emotionally walloping thriller, one of five successful collaborations between the director and Washington. With Christopher Walken.

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