Brent’s Top Ten Movies Of 2012

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ParaNorman (2012) Movie Image

ParaNorman

“ParaNorman” is, hands down, the best animated movie of the year. Stunning to look at—thanks Laika—it’s funny, touching, and, best of all, scary. Ghosts, zombies, and the looming specter of death are everywhere, and “ParaNorman” does the one thing I want out of a “kids” movie, it lets the kids have their day. You feel like the characters are legitimately in danger, and instead of being saved at the last moment by the grownups, they have to fend for themselves. This gives kids credit for being smart, resourceful, and intuitive. “ParaNorman” also has something important to say about the nature of bullying, but does so with subtlety, with the message woven into the tapestry of the film, rather than clubbing you over the head with obvious, heavy-handed sermonizing.

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