The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles ★★★ 2008 (PG)
Jared (Highmore), his twin Simon, and sister Mallory (Bolger) move into a rural mansion with their mom (Parker) and discover that their new home is a gateway into a world of magical creatures, some of which aren't so nice. Evil Mulgarath (Nolte) wants a magic book written by Jared's ancestor, and it's up to Jared to protect it while convincing his siblings that the charmed world outside their door is real. Well-written, ably directed adaptation of the bestselling children's series. 97m/C DVD . US Freddie High-more, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Joan Plowright, Andrew McCarthy; D: Mark S. Waters; W: Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles; C: Caleb Deschanel; M: James Horner; V: Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Martin Short.