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Animated

Loving Vincent

Reality and fiction blend, weaving a quasi-detective story in a hand-painted, visually stunning animated film.

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

An animated horror fantasy about children (or anthropomorphic characters who are children), facing drug addictions, mutilations, and murders.

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.