Movies
Studio Ghibli

The whimsical world of Studio Ghibli

Movie | A Japanese animation studio tells beautifully realized coming-of-age stories
by Angela Lu Fulton & Harvest Prude
Posted 8/27/20, 04:16 pm

For many Americans, classic Disney films defined their childhoods. Yet in Asia, a different animation studio captured the imagination of a generation: Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli has produced 20 animated films full of the fantastical and whimsical, the realistic and the thought-provoking.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

David Copperfield as a farce

Movie | New film version of Dickens' classic is all about the laughs
by Megan Basham
Posted 8/27/20, 03:45 pm

Whether David Copperfield (as played by Dev Patel) shall turn out to be the hero of his own film, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, this review must show. And, in truth, while Dickens’ tale is still up to entertaining the crowds, his erstwhile orphan is more confectioner than hero in director Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. He stands mostly off to the side, casting whimsical Victorian visions, but seeming little invested in events himself. 

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Netflix

Nothing cute about child exploitation

Culture | An upcoming Netflix film about pre-adolescent dancers draws criticism
by Megan Basham
Posted 8/25/20, 03:47 pm

Netflix apologized last week after promotional materials for one of its upcoming films sparked accusations it hypersexualized young girls.

The summary for the French drama Cuties, which is scheduled to hit the streaming platform on Sept. 9, originally read, “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.”

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