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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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Leatrice Drew, 82, died from injuries at the scene in the rollover accident, reported at around 8:55 a.m. Her husband, Daniel Drew, was also injured. It is unknown if the couple were wearing seat belts properly, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

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Time to lace up the jogging shoes and strut with the pooches Saturday, Sept. 20 in Carson City. It's the third annual Carson Animal Services Initiative's 5K9 fun run/walk at Riverview Park on East Fifth Street in Carson City.

The fundraising event is a great way for families to show off their pets while giving them some exercise too. Awards will be given to the 1st place male and female K9 finishers. Every participant receives a free gift.

Check-in time is between 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. with the run beginning at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged and discounted fees are offered.

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of Sept. 2-7, 2014. Crews will be striping roadways throughout the city weekdays between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Minor delays are expected on roadways that are being striped while the work occurs.

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The National Weather Service in Reno reports on its Facebook page Sunday that hazy conditions have developed throughout the region, from Dayton, Fallon and Pyramid Lake. Carson City is experiencing blue skies.

"After looking at visible satellite and making some phone calls, we believe that it is smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon. Sierra Front is not reporting any incidents in Nevada at this time," according to the weather service Facebook page.

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The Carson Chamber Singers and Carson City Symphony Chorus, conducted by Michael Langham, are beginning their 2014-15 season. Carson Chamber Singers were founded in 1985 as the select choral group of the Carson City Symphony.

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The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL - AM 1490. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks are visible from all over town.

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UPDATE 6PM: Two people were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries in a four-vehicle accident this afternoon at the intersection of Fairview and South Carson streets in Carson City, law officers said. The Nevada Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and thus far there have been no arrests.

The accident was called into dispatch at 4:21 p.m. and caused significant backup of vehicle traffic in both directions of Carson Street. As of 6 p.m. dispatch reports the northbound lane should be opening soon.

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Waves that would do Oahu's famous north shore proud could likely be expected at Lake Tahoe during an epic winter storm, scientists conclude in new research.

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An elderly woman died in Saturday morning's fatal single vehicle rollover at Highway 50 East and Nye Lane in Carson City, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper said. The driver of the vehicle, an adult man, was taken to the hospital with injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.

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UPDATE: Nevada Highway Patrol reports at least one person has died in this morning's single vehicle rollover accident on Highway 50 and East Nye Lane in Carson City.

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A Carson City firefighters have responded to an accident near the intersection of Highway 50 East and Nye Lane, where a small white SUV hit a drainage ditch and flipped several times.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office held a second pedestrian crosswalk operation Friday with 43 citations issued, the majority being for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, said Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Although the number of citations issued was down from a similar operation held earlier this month in which 50 motorists were cited, the amount of stops shows motorists still need to do more as drivers to prevent pedestrian accidents involving vehicles, said McDaniel.

The operation was held on north Carson Street at Bath Street and then at Telegraph and Carson Street.

Family time is around the bend in Carson City as Labor Day weekend arrives. The 1905 Steam Locomotive No. 25 highlights the Labor Day weekend celebration at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The historic Virginia and Truckee train will carry passengers on 30-minute trips departing every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

The museum’s Jacobsen Interpretive Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.