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Trailer Pick of the Week – 9

At first glance, 9 is something of a head-scratcher: CGI dolls with giant goggle eyes run around a rusty, battered post-apocalyptic landscape while fighting an unknown threat. It’s like a pint-sized version of Terminator Salvation, only super-earnest. But the wide-eyed leads express more than you would expect (from terror to conviction); and the stitching on the rag dolls bring to mind the stars of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. No wonder: Although 9 is based on an Oscar-nominated short by Shane Acker, Burton and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov helped Acker shepherd it to the big screen. The effects — big explosions, cool fight scenes — indicate this is no paint-by-numbers kiddie project and has more to do with creepy Coraline than feel-good WALL-E. Is it for grown ups? Who cares?

Also check out trailers for these family-friendly flicks: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Where the Wild Things Are.

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