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Animated

Window Horses

A beautiful, deeply empathetic, world-embracing lip smack of an animated film.

In This Corner of the World

The death and destruction of World War II are pushed into the background of a family’s normal daily life until the horror arrives on their doorstep.

Kubo and the Two Strings

This has been quite the year for enchanting animated films. One can add Kubo and the Two Strings to that list.

Miss Hokusai

A visual delight and a beautifully rendered, intriguing imagining of a little-known female artist’s life.

The Rehearsal/My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea | NYFF 2016

Two films to discover at the 54th New York Film Festival: The Rehearsal, with one of the best ensembles in the program, and the animated teen meltdown My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea.

Belladonna of Sadness

A gorgeously drawn, beautifully scored, and, as is wont with most erotic Japanese anime, disturbing film,

The Red Turtle and My Life as a Courgette | Best First Films at Cannes 2016

This year, the two best films made by first-time feature filmmakers at Cannes were animated. Both movies are told with precision but without rigidity. In both cases, you won’t know where the free-flowing story is headed.

Alice and the Extraordinary World

This is a perfect film for smart, preteen kids (as well as adults) and a welcome relief from the YA dystopian merry-go-round that Hollywood finds itself in.

Anomalisa

It’s tough to digest a film written by Charlie Kaufman right after you have seen it. Even the more accessible ones are enigmatic: Being John Malkovich (involving a portal into actor John Malkovich’s mind) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where Jim Carrey erases all memories, literally, of his relationship with Kate Winslet after […]