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Castro Theatre to Show "Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D

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Starting tomorrow, the “Toy Story” series won’t be the only newly 3D contemporary animated classic in theaters. (Try saying that five times fast.) The Castro will be presenting a limited engagement of Disney’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in digital 3D. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I saw “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 3D a couple years back, and the technology didn’t add much. But hey, the movie’s still awesome and it’s always fun to see something so visually stimulating on the big screen.

For those unfamiliar with the movie—shame, shame—it’s about Jack Skellington, star of Halloween Town but bored with Halloween. When he accidentally stumbles upon Christmas, he finds his new obsession and gets the whole town pitching in to take over the holiday. Perfect stop-motion animation, catchy tunes, and some super poignant scenes (yeah, I cried), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is something you kind of have to see. Assuming you haven’t, which, see above re: shame.

The movie will be at the Castro through November 5. Oh, and on a somewhat related note, if you’re not doing anything tonight, they’re hosting a double feature: “District 9” and “Alien.” Two excellent sci-fi films, both of which transcend the genre—check it out!