Martin Scorsese’s gorgeous tribute to cinema, based on a beloved children’s book no less, manages to embrace new technology (3D!) in its depiction of the distant past and still create a cinematic love poem for the ages, just about giving The Artist a run for its money. Asa Butterfield is the title character, a homeless orphan living in the clocktower about the Paris train station who discovers a discarded and broken robot that may hold the key to a message from his father (Jude Law) – or does it hold the key to a secret at the heart of a mysterious old shopkeeper (Ben Kingsley)? Or both? With help from the shopkeeper’s granddaughter (Chloe Moretz), and despite constant hounding from a crippled security officer (a sometimes hilarious Sacha Baron Cohen), Hugo will find out. Another touching tribute to the power of movies from our greatest director.


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