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Nimona

A few compelling emotions and themes are suggested but rarely well expressed in “Nimona,” a sometimes cute but mostly hyper…

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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

Sullen middle school freshman Kokoro (Ami Touma), is frightened to attend school after getting bullied by her aggressive female peers.…

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Elemental

At its best, Pixar is unbeatable, making clever, charming, and brightly original films to touch the heart and spark the…

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Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken

“Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken” is a cheerful, colorful animated film about a shy, academically gifted young girl with a protective mother…

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie

I can vividly remember playing the first Nintendo version of “Super Mario Bros.” when I was just a boy in…

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Suzume

Makoto Shinkai, the director of “Your Name” and “Weathering with You,” is one of the most successful current filmmakers in…

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The Amazing Maurice

Terry Rossio, one of the writers of “Shrek,” brings some of that fractured fairy tale energy to this week’s odd…

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The Magician’s Elephant

A magician’s trick goes wrong and an elephant falls from the ceiling. A secret is hidden in a lie. A mysterious…

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Unicorn Wars

Spanish animator Alberto Vázquez is setting himself up for a challenge with “Unicorn Wars.” An uneasy blend of non-threatening characters…

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Decades before his name became instantly associated with macabre wonder, Guillermo del Toro conjured up accomplished special effects makeup for…

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