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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 Kids Are All Right (If They’re Alive) | 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 […]

Boy and the World

There’s no intelligible dialogue in this animated odyssey about a nameless boy who leaves his home in the countryside in search of his father, but it still manages to speak to the heart. The father has left for the city to find work, and his lonely son undertakes a dreamlike pursuit. Growing in sinister stature […]

Extraordinary Tales

Extraordinary Tales is the perfect little bon mot to kick off the Halloween season. It is a slight, charming, and charmingly macabre animated adaptation of five Edgar Allen Poe short stories, all illustrated, directed, and adapted by Raul Garcia. There is also a mediocre framing device that sets up Poe as a raven chatting with […]