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Warm Bodies (B). Fans of zombie movies and fans of romantic comedies can rejoice as those two great tastes are brought together in one enjoyable movie. Okay, that’s not exactly true; hard-core zombie fans probably won’t care for this rather light-hearted twist on the formula. There’s been a standard-issue zombie apocalypse, but there’s a decidedly non-standard zombie amongst the living dead. This particular zombie, “R,” has a rich interior life and yearns to be able to communicate with those around him. And although he does feast on the flesh and especially the brains of the living, at least he has the decency to feel conflicted about it. Anyhow, some zombies corner some humans and turn most of them into meals, but for some reason R rescues one of them, a Kristen Stewart lookalike named Julie (Teresa Palmer, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). From then on, the story is more Beauty and the Beast than Dawn of the Dead. I got a kick out of it, even if the movie ignores conventional zombie wisdom that zombies never ever change. Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy) does a good job as R, and John Malkovich (Burn After Reading) and Analeigh Tipton (Damsels in Distress) have nice supporting roles. It’s rated PG-13 for some mild profanity and some decently gruesome zombie violence, but I think most 13-year-olds will be fine with it. In fact, I took my 13-year-old goddaughter, and she gave it an A+.