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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

The fourth stop-motion animated feature film from Laika Studios is the deeply imaginative, heartfelt Kubo and the Two Strings. Remarkably, it's an original story, designed to be something like Japanese folklore, but created by Westerners. Nonetheless, it's respectful and uncynical, choosing warmth and beauty over vulgarity or crudeness. Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson, a teen "Game of Thrones" star) is a young boy whose father is gone and who takes care of his mother; she seems emotionally devastated, sometimes lucid, but most times gazing off into the distance. Kubo earns money in the village by playing his magical stringed instrument, which can make origami figures move and tell stories. He's also missing an eye, stolen by his evil relatives. One day, those relatives attack, and Kubo must retreat, journeying across the land to find three magical pieces of armor. He's aided by a talking monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron) and a warrior beetle (voiced by Matthew McConaughey). There are amazing monsters, a flock of paper birds, a ship built from dry leaves, and other dazzling sights; the movie truly has the ability to create awe and wonder, a rare thing these days. Directed by Laika CEO Travis Knight -- making his debut -- Kubo and the Two Strings champions the pure pleasure and power of storytelling; it's simple, but spectacular. Theron and McConaughey in particular find a kind of tonal perfection in their voice work, and I'd venture to say that these are among their finest performances. read more...
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    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • How Things Happen ▶ By magical, mysterious or delocalized forces
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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  • With: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Meyrick Murphy, Minae Noji, Alpha Takahashi, Laura Miro, Ken Takemoto (voices)
  • Written by: Marc Haimes, Chris Butler, based on a story by Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
  • Directed by: Travis Knight
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/18/2016
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Coco (2017)

Pixar's nineteenth animated feature film Coco, which opens Wednesday in Bay Area theaters, may seem a little lightweight compared to heart-wrenchingly profound as things like Inside Out, Wall-E, Up, or the Toy Story films. read more...
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    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • How Things Happen ▶ By magical, mysterious or delocalized forces
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Coco (2017)

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  • With: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Sofía Espinosa, Selene Luna, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Renee Victor, Luis Valdez, Herbert Siguenza, Carla Medina, Edward James Olmos (voices)
  • Written by: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich, based on a story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina
  • Directed by: Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/21/2017
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Wonderstruck (2017)

Todd Haynes has always been a remarkably intellectual filmmaker, creating something close to poetic visual essays on subjects ranging from the social (Poison, Safe) to music (Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There) and movies (Far from Heaven). Yet the mind never overpowers the body in his films, and they are frequently satisfying emotional experiences as well. For me, his new film Wonderstruck fits right in; like Far from Heaven, it's a great movie about movies, and about other things as well. It's based on a book by Brian Selznick, whose The Invention of Hugo Cabret provided the basis for another movie-crazy movie by the movie-crazy Martin Scorsese. read more...
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    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
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Wonderstruck (2017)

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  • With: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, Michelle Williams, Jaden Michael, Raul Torres, Tom Noonan, James Urbaniak, Amy Hargreaves
  • Written by: Brian Selznick, based on his book
  • Directed by: Todd Haynes
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and smoking
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/19/2017
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

It's all about the ladybugs. The animators at Japan's Studio Ghibli have been making children's movies since the 1980s and have earned the adoration of young and old, worldwide. They have done this not by making breakneck, slapstick movies full of fart jokes, but by focusing on the flow of life. These movies actually take the time, once a scene is over, to linger in the moment and watch a ladybug crawl across a leaf and take to the sky. read more...
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

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  • With: (voices) Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett
  • Written by: Keiko Niwa and Hayao Miyazaki, based on the novel by Mary Norton
  • Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/16/2010
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Tampopo (1985)

This entertaining, light-hearted Japanese hit (a "ramen Western") was restored and re-released in 2016. It tells the story of a group of good folks who team up and try to turn a struggling noodle shop into something great; there are many attempts to get the broth just right. The movie takes its time, occasionally diverting into funny, strange little side stories, such as an erotic one about a gangster (Koji Yakusho) and his lover (Fukumi Kuroda). It's one of the greatest food movies of all time, taking time to appreciate the look and feel of the noodle soup (you can almost taste it)! Ken Watanabe co-stars. Juzo Itami died in 1997, rumored to have been the victim of foul play, possible revenge for having made an anti-Yakuza film. read more...
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Tampopo (1985)

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  • With: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka
  • Written by: Juzo Itami
  • Directed by: Juzo Itami
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/17/2016
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