This very different film from director Martin Scorcese is a big-budget, family epic about movies. Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) grows up in 1930s Paris, schooling himself in the workings of artistic mechanisms. His uncle is in charge of the clocks at a cavernous Parisian train station, while his father strives to complete an automaton he found in a museum. When he dies without completing it, Hugo lives in the station, hiding in the labyrinth of ladders, catwalks, passages and gears of the clockworks themselves, keeping them running on time. He eats stolen croissants and sneaks into the movies. He meets a grumpy toy shop owner, Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley), whom film buffs will remember as the French film pioneer who fathered special effects. We meet Hugo’s father (Jude Law) in flashbacks, and he leaves behind notebooks and plans to finish the automaton, a steampunk creation of shiny steel and brass. When Hugo befriends a girl who was raised by Melies and his wife, she shows him her treasure in the form of the books in a cavernous library. In the end, he helps Melies preserve his films and be remembered.