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Maggie Liu

Film — Coraline (PG)

(in theaters today)

Based on the original children’s book by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a psychedelic trip to a nightmarish world. Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is a bored little girl who discovers a secret door that leads to an alternate universe that parallels her own. An animated film that reeks of Tim Burton influences, parents with buttons for eyes, and darkly funny situations, Coraline is perfect for fans of dark fairytales.

S. Balaji Mani

Photography — “Ports and Ships”

“Ports and Ships,” a collection of photographs taken by Andrea Frank, opens Tuesday, February 10 at the MIT Compton Gallery, room 10-150. Frank captures beautiful vessels, documenting the key players in a global network of trade and cargo shipping. Portraying viewpoints and locations hidden from plain sight, these photographs offer a honest look at one of our oldest methods of transportation, upon which we still rely heavily.