It's not to hard to figure out what attracted New York realist Martin Scorsese to this sci-fi-tinged family movie. Brian Selznick's original YA novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) is so heavily illustrated it becomes a silent film at times, and the story is deeply steeped in early film industry history. In other words: a dream project for the movie-loving Scorsese. In it, an orphaned boy (Asa Butterfield) lives in the Paris train station, circa 1930. There, he gets wrapped up in a mystery involving a strange automaton, and old toymaker and the birth of motion pictures. The result is a mesmerizing whirligig of gorgeous imagery and a palpable love for the art of imagination. 127 minutes PG.