For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 31, 2014

Jack Skellington is back with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993, PG), Tim Burton's blend of Halloween and Christmas, a charming, timeless musical comedy realized via computerized stop-motion animation. It's imaginatively directed by Henry Selick and filled with terrific songs that are sung beautifully by their composer, Danny Elfman.

This is part of the Cinemark Theaters' latest classic movies cycle, scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 2) at 2 p.m. and next Wednesday (Nov. 5) at 2 and 7 p.m. But being as tonight (Friday, Oct. 31) is Halloween, there are additional screenings today from 11 in the morning through around 10 at night.


Jack Skellington making like Santa in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.'

For those unfamiliar with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" — is there anyone out there who's unfamiliar with it? — the story is set in an imaginary world where each holiday has its own town, chief among them Thanksgiving Town, Easter Town, Christmas Town, and, of course, Halloween Town. But each is unaware of the others.

In Halloween Town, spindly Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King and he's quite satisfied with his annual efforts to set his holiday in motion.

But when he stumbles upon Christmas Town and is embraced by the joy of the celebrations, he gets an idea to meld the feelings of that holiday with his own.

Witty spoofery ensues and the result is utterly enchanting.

If you've never seen "The Night Before Christmas" on the big screen, now's your chance.