WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
OMOIDE NO MÂNÎ
2015, GKIDS, 103 min, Japan, Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

In the latest animated marvel from Studio Ghibli, 12-year-old Anna (Sara Takatsuki) spends the summer in a small seaside town, where she discovers an abandoned mansion. She later meets one of the house’s previous inhabitants, a blond girl named Marnie (Kasumi Arimura) - whose connection to Anna is deeper than it first appears. Ghibli’s usual visual splendor and a fine score by Takatsugu Muramatsu add a touch of mystery to this reflective drama about family and memory.


THE ILLUSIONIST
2010, Sony Pictures Classics, 80 min, France/UK, Dir: Sylvain Chomet

Director Sylvain Chomet (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE) adapted an unproduced script by French comedy legend Jacques Tati to create this animated delight. In 1959, magician Tatischeff (Jean-Claude Donda) follows his dwindling fortunes from Paris to a remote Scottish island, where he meets young Alice (Eilidh Rankin), who is so amazed by his illusions that she follows him to Edinburgh. “The magically melancholy final act of Jacques Tati's career.” – Roger Ebert. In French, English and Gaelic with English subtitles.


THE FLIGHT OF DRAGONS
1982, 96 min, USA, Dir: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Can magic and science coexist? Only if Peter Dickinson (John Ritter), a game designer recruited by three wizards, can defeat the evil Ommadon (James Earl Jones). This unusually philosophical animated treat also features the voices of Harry Morgan and Victor Buono.


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