Film Times & Capsules

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The Golden Compass

The first of Philip Pullman's epic "His Dark Materials" trilogy comes to life courtesy of writer/director Chris Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy). Set on Earth in an alternate universe, the story concentrates on Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards), a gifted young gal on a quest to save her best friend who has been kidnapped by a mysterious organization. Lyra's journey leads her to the frozen North and into a war between her avaricious absentee parents (Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig). The CGI-heavy film glosses over much of the book's (anti-)religious allegory, leaving behind a visually stunning but choppy rescue story. 113 minutes PG-13.