Owen Vaccaro, far left, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in a scene from "The House With A Clock in Its Walls."
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The 10-year-old hero at the center of "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" likes to look up words in the dictionary, like "foreboding" and "indomitable".Adapted from John Bellairs' 1973 young adult supernatural thriller, the film somehow manages its own witchcraft in finding the perfect unsweet spot: It's too scary for little kids, not scary enough for older ones, not funny or clever enough for their parents, and too redundant for everyone. The film is ostensibly a "Harry Potter"-light coming-of-age yarn, but the real mystery is what compelled Cate Blanchett and Jack Black to tag along.The next-door neighbor, Florence Zimmermann (Blanchett), is an elegant, purple-loving witch.Black and Blanchett are in different movies.
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