Movies: All Aboard the Big Train

Tom Hanks doesn't turn Polar Express into much of a thrill ride. For that you need 3-D goggles

Maybe it's the moment when the speeding train screeches to a stop about an inch and a half from your nose. Or possibly it's a much simpler effect--a snowfall that seems to be drifting down on you right there in the theater. Anyway, at some point very early in the 3-D IMAX version of The Polar Express, technology trumps banality and you helplessly surrender to the shock and awe of this big, often thunderous movie. And to a certain pity for the great mass of people obliged to conduct their children to the thousands of theaters in which the film is...

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