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Improbable ‘9’ entrances nonetheless

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★★★½

Stars: Voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly

Director: Shane Acker

Rating: PG-13, violence, scary images

On the Web:filminfocus.com/film/9

The film "9" is not a perfect 10, but its imperfection makes it gripping and bewitching.

This post-apocalyptic cartoon fable is the rare piece of 3-D animation that feels handmade from cuffs to collar. Shane Acker, the writer-director, sweeps you up in gimcrack panoramas that merge into a desolate beauty. This movie will make young-adult and older…

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