You can spend the week recovering from Black Friday watching a TV series that died in its second season or an animated tale of zombies.
Breaking In: The Complete Series, Grade B-minus: There have been few network shows that have done so much to commit ratings suicide.
The first season of the Fox comedy about a firm that breaks into places, such as government facilities and car lots, to point out security problems was quirky and offbeat. Christian Slater was particularly funny as the man of mystery in charge of the company.
Then the second season came along. The show went from a very funny spy story to a bland office comedy anchored to the dead weight of Megan Mullallys over-the-top humor.
ParaNorman, Grade B-minus: A young boy has to save his town from zombies.
Theres a tricky line when it comes to making scary animated movies: If theyre cartoonish enough for young moviegoers to enjoy, then they tend to lack enough edge to satisfy older viewers. But if theyre too scary, then they can give young moviegoers nightmares. ParaNorman tries to serve both sides and, in the process, comes up short on both counts.
Of the chattering talents including Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Jeff Garlin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse only Mintz-Plasse brings the kind of original sound that makes his character different.
The craftsmanship is spectacular and the look amazing.
But even with such a solid look, its hard to imagine who will enjoy this film: Its way too scary for little kids, but its not scary enough for teens.
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