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  • Monster House (PG)

    Leave it to the nakedly cunning executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis to fashion a digitally animated scare show for kids predicated on what may be the most blatant evocation of vagina dentata in movie history: a spiteful, devouring haunted house driven by the angry spirit of a circus fat lady. more...
  • More Than a Game (PG)

    NBA star LeBron James figures large in this exciting and insightful documentary about the phenomenal rise of the basketball team at St. Vincent-St.Mary high school in Akron, Ohio. more...
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Mr. Holmes (PG)

    Like The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), this adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind purports to show the real man behind the legendary sleuth, and as in those movies, the scenes focused on character are more striking than the obligatory detective tale. more...
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (PG)

    Studio Ghibli—the Japanese outfit that produced Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle—favors traditional anime style, but this goofy 1999 comedy, its first digital project, features cartoonish characters and minimal, pastel-shaded backgrounds. more...
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

    Tim Burton, working as a producer at Disney, employed stop-motion animation to flesh out a story he'd first dreamed up while working at the same studio a dozen years before—a tale about the havoc that ensues when Jack Skellington, the pipe-cleaner hero of Halloween Town, decides to take over the duties of Santa Claus at Christmastime. more...
  • Offside (PG)

    This 2006 feature from Iranian master Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold) is in many ways his most entertaining and accessible—a comedy about a group of girls in Tehran who get busted when they pose as boys in an effort to watch a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Bahrain. more...
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  • The Party (PG)

    Blake Edwards effortlessly expands the style and format of a silent two-reel comedy into a feature-length celebration of the sight gag (1968), as Indian bit player Peter Sellers, who has just destroyed a remake of Gunga Din, finds himself at an exclusive party at the Hollywood home of his producer. more...
  • Pina (PG)

    German choreographer Pina Bausch died suddenly in 2009, days before she was to codirect this documentary with longtime friend Wim Wenders. more...
  • Pom Poko (PG)

    This 1994 release from the Japanese animation outfit Studio Ghibli is one of only a few fantasies directed by Isao Takahata, who built his reputation on adapting realistic stories like Anne of Green Gables and Grave of the Fireflies. more...