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‘ParaNorman,’ ‘Men in Black 3,’ ‘Sparkle’ | New DVDs

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Nov. 27, include the stop-motion animated comedy “ParaNorman” and the Depression-era saga “Lawless.” Friday, Nov. 30, brings “Men in Black 3” and “Sparkle,” starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston.

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New DVDs

Tuesday brings lots of paranormal activity to DVD. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at

3 stars “ParaNorman” (PG): A centuries-old curse, with zombies emerging from their graves, plagues a working-class town, and an 11-year-old with an uncanny ability to talk to ghosts is the only one who can save the day. The stop-motion animated comedy features the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Leslie Mann.

2 stars“Lawless” (R): Director John Hillcoat’s Depression-era gangster saga focuses on a bootlegging hothead (Shia LaBeouf) and a borderline-psychotic lawman (Guy Pearce).

2.5 stars“Step Up Revolution” (PG-13): The kids gotta dance. This installment of the series, with Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman, taps into the “flash-mob” phenomenon and moves the action to Miami.

1 stars“The Apparition” (PG-13): A supernatural presence is unleashed in Todd Lincoln’s haunted-house flick, with Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton.

Friday releases

2 stars “Men in Black 3” (PG-13): Will Smith returns as Agent J, who gets zapped back to 1969 to help the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) stop a very, very bad alien (Jemaine Clement).

2.5 stars“Sparkle” (PG-13): Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, in her final screen role, star in this remake of the 1976 film about a young girl determined to follow her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter.

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