Delicate business is being transacted as Peter Jackson, lord of the Rings fantasy, attunes himself to a family tragedy. The Lovely Bones, adapted from Alice Sebold's 2002 bestseller, concerns the rape and murder of Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl. Her family — dad (Mark Wahlberg), mom (Rachel Weisz), grandma (Susan Sarandon), sister (Rose McIver), brother (Christian Thomas Ashdale) — is devastated. So is Susie, which brings Jackson and his Rings screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens back to fantasy. Caught between death and heaven, Susie watches as her family tries to cope and the killer (an indelibly creepy Stanley Tucci) goes undetected.
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