“MOR­TAL EN­GINES”

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Talk about mo­bil­ity ... en­tire cities are mov­able in this fan­tasy-drama that counts Peter Jack­son (“The Lord of the Rings”) among its pro­duc­ers and screen­writ­ers. Adapted from a novel by Philip Reeve, the tale un­folds in the af­ter­math of an apocalypse as a teenager and a wouldbe killer (Robert Shee­han, Hira Hil­mar) are forced to work to­gether to pre­vent an in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful weapon from wip­ing out the cities-on-the-go. Given its cre­ation of what ef­fec­tively is a dif­fer­ent uni­verse, there’s a lot to di­gest here, but such vi­su­als as a city in the sky keep the film in­volv­ing. Hugo Weav­ing, Stephen Lang, Patrick Malahide and Colin Salmon also ap­pear.

★★★ (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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