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Movie Review: 'Hugo' is Scorsese at his best and a holiday treat for all ages

The motion picture "Hugo," now playing at the Fandango Galaxy cineplex in Carson City, is a holiday movie that kids and adults can enjoy. It's Martin Scorsese's homage to film pioneer Georges Méliès, a French innovator who created much of the library of movie techniques back before World War I only to be forgotten amid the strife on combat in France. His films were largely destroyed to make such things as guitar picks.
The movie is basically about Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), a child orphaned when his father (Jude Law) dies in a fire. He is taken in by an alcoholic uncle who lives in a train station amid all kinds of gears and clockwork which Hugo keeps oiled and running. He is fascinated by an automaton figure which he tries to operate but lacks a heart-shaped key.
He lives by his wits in the train station and becomes involved with Georges (Sir Ben Kingsley) who has a gift shop there. Through him he becomes friends with Georges' daughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Mortez) who has the heart-shaped key.

Together they get the automaton to work and write a message.
Hugo is pursued through the station by the war-wounded Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), who works up a relationship with the flower seller ( Emily Mortimer) as Lisette. An excursion of sorts but charming.
Through a series of twists the young pair go to the movies and are befriended by film historian Rene Tabard (Michael Stuhbarg). He opens up film history to the two. And in a dazzling series of films the original movies of Georges are shown, charming in their naivety. There is also a side story of Georges and his wife an co-film star Mama Jeanne (Helen McCrory), who still shines despite her years.
The film ends with Georges being honored for the filmmaker he was with Hugo and Isabella happily in the audience. Several scenes from Georges' films flash by.
This is an all-star cast with Kingsley in a role that he richly deserves after some recent clunkers. It may be his best work since "Gandhi." Butterfield is everything child actor should be, wide-eyed and innocent. He is matched by Moretz as a friend indeed and just as swetly innocent as he.
This is filmmaking at its peak by a master of the art form. Scorsese honors not only Méliès but many other American originators of films, from Charlie Chaplin on. (Johnny Depp makes a brief appearance.)
While much of the movie is of an adult level, children can't help but be fascinated by the whirling clock works and the famous shot of the Man in the Moon being hit by a French rocket as pure witty history. And the kids may learn a little something about real movies without a chase scene.
It's in 3D, which is mostly unobtrusive (except early when snowflakes distract from the action). Scorsese handles the 3D with the touch of a director who knows when it matters and when it doesn't.
We can rejoice that amid all the usual holiday fare there is a film that adds up to more than muppets and cartoon characters.
— Sam Bauman

Cast
• Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret
• Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle, Hugo's friend
• Sir Ben Kingsley as Georges Méliès
• Sacha Baron Cohen as the station inspector
• Jude Law as Hugo's father
• Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse, the bookshop owner
• Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne, Méliès' wife
• Michael Stuhlbarg as René Tabard, a film historian
• Marco Aponte as train engineer assistant
• Emily Mortimer as Lisette, the flower girl
• Ray Winstone as Uncle Claude, Hugo's deceased uncle
• Frances de la Tour as Madame Emile, the owner of the café
• Richard Griffiths as Monsieur Frick, the newspaper seller
• Johnny Depp as M. Rouleau

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Produced by: Johnny Depp, Timothy Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese
Screenplay by: John Logan
Music by: Howard Shore
Cinematography: Robert Richardson
Editing by: Thelma Schoonmaker
Running time: two hours six minutes, rated PG
Metropolitan Filmexport Distributed by Paramount Pictures (US)


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On your “Must Not Miss” list, is the popular Downtown Wine Walk – held the First Saturday of every month from 1- 5pm. For just $10 (which supports the Downtown Business Association you’ll receive a commemorative wine glass and endless reasons to sip, stroll, and shop, the afternoon away, through Historic Downtown Carson City. Bring your wine walk glass with the Carson City Logo on it and pay only $8. Don't forget the after Wine Walk raffle prize party, 5:00pm, at the Cabaret Lounge, Carson Nugget Casino!

Tickets can be purchased at Bella Fiora Wines, Cactus Jack’s, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Carson Nugget, and Horseshoe Club, where you will receive hand stamps, glasses, and maps.

Sponsored by the Carson City Downtown Business Association, our goal is to carry on a local tradition, hosting an event which showcases a monthly Downtown celebration. It’s a Saturday stroll with a glass of wine through historic downtown Carson City where boutiques, local shops, galleries, restaurants and casinos, pull out all the stops to awaken your taste buds and tantalize your senses... experience a Downtown taste sensation!.

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Scammers are at it again; most recently I received a letter from a citizen who was informed that they had won the “Inter-American Lotto Powerball” held in Hawaii. Having never been to Hawaii, the individual was pretty certain they did not win.

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Enjoy a free family event this Saturday. Come and make an Empty Bowl to donate to the Empty Bowls Carson City Project in the lower level of the Children's Museum. 813 N Carson St, Carson City, NV.
All ages welcome. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

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A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly has been ordered to two years and eight months in prison.

Living the Good Life, a new upscale nightclub on the corner of Adams and North Carson Street, is celebrating its grand opening tonight with live music and dancing.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and close when the party stops. Starting at 9 p.m. Dane Reinhart will be playing music and serving as DJ.

Carson City fire and ambulance were called this afternoon to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 400 block of North Carson Street.

The victim was taken by Care Flight to the trauma ward of Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

The accident was reported to Carson City dispatch at 2:26 p.m. Carson City sheriff's deputies were redirecting traffic around the accident scene.

Care Flight landed behind a nearby casino parking lot at Robinson Street. No other details were available on the victim.

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See the full report below.

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This week's episode of Women to Women features Lori Bagwell and Karen Abowd. Two residents who are running for Supervisor, but in different wards — Abowd, Ward 1 as an Incumbent and Bagwell in Ward 3.

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Each recognized master is encouraged to work with one or more dedicated apprentices so that their traditional art forms and personal contributions endure.