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ARRIETTY (2010)

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Arrietty is the latest release from Studio Ghibli, based on the classic children’s book The Borrowers. As you would expect this is yet another beautifully realised animation from the cre find out more...


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A dark ‘Bladerunneresque' interpretation of the near future where humans, replicants, cyborgs and robots co-exist. Batou is a detective plunged deep into a world of corruption and murder in his search for a killer that leads him to fear for his own humanity. A stunningly rendered 2-D and 3-D animation, Ghost in the Shell 2's story may pale in comparison with the greats such as ‘Akira' but as a visual feast it's a bench mark for what precedes it. NB you don't have to have watched Ghost in the find out more...

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Originally released in 1988, the wait is over for the UK release of this anime classic, superb animated feature from the Studio Ghibli studio (Miyazaki's animation stable). What sets this film apart from the fantastical films made in the tradition of his peers, it its historical and emotional realism. The focus in Takahata's film is on the story of its two young protagonists, brother and sister Seita and Setsuko, as they flee the destruction of their home and family after the American firebombin find out more...

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Sophie is a young hat maker and though less than satisfied with the life allotted to her she is resigned to her fate. When the wicked witch of the waste transforms her into an old woman however, the world Sophie had expected disappears forever. Finding refuge in the bizarre moving Castle of the wizard Howl, Sophie embarks on a fantastical adventure that will shape the destiny of the world. The latest film from the master animator Hayao Miyazaki Howl's moving Castle is a beautifully rendered flig find out more...

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More Miyazaki magic (the creator of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and The Castle In The Sky) at last available for us Brits to indulge in. Once again, the world he creates is infused with a realism that borders on the photographic in its detail that makes the fantastical elements of the story strangely believable. Kiki is a young witch who has moved from the country to a seaside town as part of her supernatural work experience. She starts the eponymous delivery service and thus begins her edu find out more...

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A fantastical tale about the floating city of Laputa, a mystical place created by a long departed people, and the key to something magical that only young Sheeta and her rescuer Pazu will discover. From the same people who brought you Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle In The Sky is a stunning piece of Japanese animation for children and adults alike. find out more...

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Lupin the third is a master thief and along with his buddies he's on the trail of a devious counterfeiter. Their hunt eventually leads them to the remote European country of Cagliostro; But Lupin and his friends find themselves head to head with an evil count, together they must bring about his downfall, save the girl and find a stash of long lost treasure. The Castle of Cagliostro is a non-stop animated adventure. A good laugh for kids and bigguns alike. find out more...

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Set in rural Japan during the 1950s, Tatsuo Kusakabe and his two daughters, Mei and Satsuki, have moved to the country to be near their ailing mother who resides at a local hospital. As the girls explore their surroundings, the younger sibling, Mei, believes that the forest is inhabited by magical creatures, much to the amusement of her father and sister. However, one day Mei gets lost in the forest and discovers a group of Totoros - protectors of the forest. Eventually Mei convinces Satsuki to find out more...

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Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, who has no talent for housework, navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage and family life. Amongst their brood is the sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them; a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents; and a daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues! find out more...

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A thousand years after an apocalyptic war, a handful of humans have made their home in the beautiful ‘valley of the wind'. But their idyll is threatened by a poisonous jungle, protected by fearsome insects, that is encroaching on their refuge. Led by Princess Nausicaa, the humans must fight to restore balance to the world and in doing so, their own survival. One of the first features from the creators of Spirited Away and a stunningly animated ecological adventure. find out more...