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'Super 8'

Two of Hollywood's most inventive talents, producer Steven Spielberg and director J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), put their gifts together to yield this engrossing sci-fi tale highly reminiscent of Spielberg's early work. While making an amateur movie in the late 1970s, several young Ohio friends witness a train accident ... and its aftermath is something none of them could have imagined.

Recent "Friday Night Lights" Emmy winner Kyle Chandler is among the senior members of the cast, while the youthful actors include Elle Fanning, Gabriel Basso ("The Big C") and the wonderful Riley Griffiths as the director of the movie-within-the-movie. DVD extra: digital copy of the movie. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

Buy 'Super 8' on DVD.

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