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2020


'Tokyo Godfathers': Three Vagabonds And A Baby 
Satoshi Kon's most "conventional" movie was also his funniest, a coincidence-driven romp through Tokyo's lower depths
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2018


'Kyōsōgiga': And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird? 
Buddhist lore, supernatural slapstick action, and domestic drama all combine to make this idiosyncractic instant classic
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2016


'Only Yesterday': All The Things I Was 
Unseen in English since its original 1991 release, this Isao Takahata/Studio Ghibli production was more than worth the wait, and not just for its name recognition
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2014


'Kiki's Delivery Service': Little Witch In The Big City 
At the heart of Hayao Miyazaki's most effortlessly charming film is a character of equal charm, learning her magic alone isn't what is most important about her
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Short Takes: 'Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home' 
It amounts to a glorified interstitial episode from the TV show, but one that fills in a vital part of Hana's past, and presents it with the charm and sentiments this franchise delivered so capably
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'A Letter To Momo': I'll Get By With A Little Help From My Ogres 
Despite some pacing problems and a few fumbled story elements, the first film from Hiroyuki Okiura since 'Jin-roh' is a good-hearted treat
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2013


'Wolf Children': A Mother's Work 
Mamoru Hosoda's story about two of the greater agonies a mother and a wife could endure is impeccably observed and emotionally true
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