The Polar Express

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Movie critic and historian Peter Loewer will present a series of films exploring the movies' love affair with trains in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library. Each film plays at 6 p.m. The Narrow Margin, Monday, Nov. 5; Silver Streak, Tuesday, Nov. 6; The Fugitive, Wednesday, Nov. 7; Polar Express, Thursday, Nov. 8. Admission is free.
Genre: Christmas Fantasy
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen
Rated: G

For whatever reason this Robert Zemeckis animated film has attracted its share of admirers over the years. Personally, I find the whole motion-capture animation approach disturbing and the film itself downright creepy. At the time of its release, in fact, I termed it “the world’s first Christmas horror movie.” Subsequent exposure has done nothing to change my opinion of this tale of a little boy who climbs aboard the title train and goes to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. Technically, the film is nonetheless something of a marvel, and the train itself is impressively realized—on that level, it’s worth a look. As a charming Christmas tale, well, that’s another matter.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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