G.I. JOE: THE MOVIE
1987, 93 min, Japan, USA, Dir: Don Jurwich

In this feature-length spinoff of the beloved 1980s TV show, the G.I. Joe soldiers join newest hero Lt. Falcon (Don Johnson) to take on the evil forces of Cobra, whose ancient Lovecraftian history is revealed as a new enemy, Golobulus (Burgess Meredith), enters the scene. Featuring many of the same cast members as THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, with Wally Burr once again directing the voices of Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Dan Gilvezan, Neil Ross, Corey Burton, Jack Angel and Gregg Berger, with Joe regulars Michael Bell, Bill Ratner and wrestler Sgt. Slaughter.


BIG HERO 6
2014, 93 min, USA, Dir: Don Hall, Chris Williams

This acclaimed comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios is one-of-a-kind! Led by teen prodigy Hiro Hamada, the Big Hero 6 team consists of five talented humans and one king-sized inflatable robot named Baymax. Their mission: To keep the city of San Fransokyo safe from a rogue robotics expert. There’s plenty of action here, but it’s the strong central bond between Hiro and Baymax that gives this box office hit a big heart as well as big heroes.


STEAMBOY
SUCHÎMUBÔI
2004, Sony Repertory, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer-director Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s follow up to AKIRA is just as brilliantly visualized as that earlier anime classic. In mid-19th-century England, boy inventor James Ray Steam receives a mysterious device from his grandfather with instructions to guard it carefully. When operatives from the O'Hara Foundation arrive to steal it, it becomes clear why: The “steam ball” can be used as a power source for highly destructive weapons. Again dealing with themes of science and militarism, Ôtomo has created a rip-roaring adventure that’s as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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