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Cape Gazette Multiplex / relish them all by yourself. Hugo: This is perh@s, the Continued from page 84 things "extreme," kids still have the same wants and needs and are as savvy and innocent as they've ever been. Segel plays Gary, a wide- grinned (if somewhat clueless) optimist whose brother Walter (voiced by Peter Linz), is, well, different. To put it bluntly, he's a Muppet. A faded VHS copy of "The Muppet Show" helps Wal- ter come to terms with his an- thropomorphic anomalies, and when he realizes the Muppets are all but forgotten today, he rounds the group up and does the only logical thing for a Mup- pet movie - decides to put on a show. Filled with familiar faces (Pig- gy, Gonzo, Chef, Beeker), inten- tionally hokey songs ("Man or Muppet"), dance numbers, cameos, in-jokes, and sly pop culture references, "The Mup- pets" is the perfect platform to re-energize the brand. It is exactly what Henson him- self would have penned in his prime and is a wonderful excuse to crack open those old "Muppet Show" DVDs at home to either share with a new generation or trickiest of the famil r offerings out there. For while techni- cally a film meant tolbe enjoyed by all ages, the more lone under- stands the history oflfl/n, the richer "Hugo" becor0es. At just a shade over two hour , it may be ;asking a 10t for the yJ?ungest of viewers to commit but you can take comfort kn4wing that you are in the hands of a master, director Martin Scorsese. This is no ill-fated Iholiday family endeavor by esteemed director (such as Barry Levin- son's "Toys" or Rich rc Don- ner's"Santa Claus: line Movie"), but more a love-lett t0 the art of cinema itself and wonders of youth. | "Hugo" is tricky b cause it is a film of youth and yo/ thful pur- suits, but it's not specifically ,,for,, children. This not to say there is anything objectionable in the PG universe ifl which it orbits, but those yonhg&t of the swingset set may finh {he pacing a tad arduous. Other v)ho not only enjoy film, but rich his- tory and the art of" oing to the theater," will find th Cselves immersed in the tapestry of moviemaking through the eyes of a child. Those wh9 are pmmg the loss of a belovedlightning- ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY DECEMBER 2 -MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 2011 85 bolt-scarred wizard at the box office will find,a worthy succes- sor in "Hugo's" namesake hero, Based on the acclaimed chil- dren's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," the film takes place in a world of magic as well, but it also reveals its secrets and still manages to amaze. Hugo (played by an endearing Asa Butterfield) is a young lad who lives within the walls of a Parisian train station in 1931. He was an inventor's son, displaced after his death and forced to live with his alcoholic uncle, who was responsible for keeping the station's clocks running. When his uncle also passes away, young Hugo relies on his own wiles to keep up his uncle's work and elude the authoritarian station inspector (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) and the crusty toy booth owner (played by Ben Kingsley). Hugo's sole source of hope is a robot his father had begun work on, and Hugo is deter- mined to finish it. In the process, he befriends a young inquisitive friend, Isabelle (played by Chloe Grace Moretz). George Melies, one of the pioneers of early film special effects: features promi- nently in the mix, and Scorsese lovingly recreates some of flm's most iconic early work. Like the gears of the clocks which the young lad tends, "Hugo" the film is just as much about little details coming to- gether to create a lavish, seam- less final product. Scorsese doesn't dumb things down, but he keeps things lively enough for inquisitive younger viewers to keep their minds occupied. For film lovers of all ages, it will endure as one of the most personable and loving rims Scorsese has directed. [] 2authentic British fish & chi 4 RehotwtwhwA.;:,fiDhd:tl:w:rReehc;b h Beach 302,226.1044 Open 7Days aWeek for Lunch & Dinner / "HAPPY FEET TWO" is one of many holiday offerings that will appeal to a mix of generations. 1 loin us for dinner o] New Year's Eve Open seating, .regular menu & THHRSDAY, FRIDAY AND ITALIAN BHFFET . Includes: Home Made Soup, Antipasto Bar. Pasta Bar With Bolognese Sauce. White Clam Sauce And Mussels Marinara. Ravioli. Sausage And Peppers, Lasagna, Eggplant Parm. Ziti And More... $3.00 Off Buffet Thursday Night with S H--CAN EAT Pasta, Salad and Bread BarS13.95 t WEDNESDAY NIGHT is POLISH NIGHT All Polish Platters $15.00 / Includes: House Salad And Bread Bar.