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The Hero ComplexSince its inception at the San Jose Red Lion Hotel in 1992, the Anime Expo has grown bigger each year. The celebration of Japanese anime and manga now claims the Los Angeles Convention Center as its home, and this year......
Orlando Sentinel Movie CriticPonyo, the latest Japanese anime fantasy to gain American distribution, is the most broadly accessible movie of that genre to ever reach these shores. Charming, amusing and firmly anchored in a child's point of view, this movie from the master animator of...
Brand XThere's something for everyone at the multiplex this weekend: lovelorn nerds, free-spirited women and bros who like explosions. Those are the target audiences, respectively, for comic book-turned-film "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World," directed by Edgar...
The Hero ComplexFollowing up on the "monumental battles" of last year's Pokemon World Championships in San Diego, Jevon Phillips gives us this piece about the competitions taking place next weekend. Hawaii will soon be beset by Hitmonlees, Vaporeons and even Toxicroaks...
You know the most heartening thing about the new Disney-Pixar film "Up"? It may be wonderful, but it isn't perfect. It feels nervy and adventurous and a little messy, the result of formidable creators and genuine wits working on an enormous budget,...
Tags: Dog (animal), Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Movies, Up (movie)
The only foreign director to win the Academy Award for best animated feature, Hayao Miyazaki, 68, is the most admired and influential filmmaker working in animation today. His latest film, "Ponyo," opened earlier this month in America in 927 theaters -- a...
Brand XIf you don't count its one-week, one-theater Oscar-qualifying run, "The Secret of Kells" is only now arriving, and it's a must-see for animation fans, particularly those who are wearying of the computer animation look. The Oscar for animated feature has...
Special to The TimesThe girl of your dreams — and his dreams, and her dreams — the punkish heroine of Satoshi Kon's "Paprika" is a double-agent-provocateur in a shape-shifting movie of marvelous, baffling complexities. It's a long way from the more safely...
Sentinel movie criticPlease note! All dates subject to change without notice. "Limited" means limited release on that date. 5/01/09 Battle for Terra 3D (Roadside Attractions) This animated war movie is an ecological allegory about humans invading a peace-loving alien planet...
Tags: Willem Dafoe, Marcia Gay Harden, Ed Asner, Tom Hanks, Rob Zombie
Times Staff WriterOscar winner Hayao Miyazaki creates a visually breathtaking fantasy world with 'Howl's Moving Castle.' We hear it before we see it, moving ponderously with heavy, thudding steps: Something big is coming our way. Clanging, banging, wheezing, it's something...
Tags: Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, Moving, Japan, Jean Simmons
Tribune movie criticThere's an old cliche of movie history that really fits this year's movies: The films of 2005 -- especially the best ones -- kept shifting between the two great movie extremes of realism and fantasy. Sometimes, they plunged us into harsh truth, as with...
Zap2It.comWe'd say that Dakota Fanning is too young to be a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but as long as she swears she wouldn't have voted for "Crash," it's all good. Fanning, the 12-year-old star of "War of the Worlds" and...
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