A Longing for Something More Suffuses Only Yesterday

By Christian Hamaker on February 26, 2016

A delicately told early entry from Studio Ghibli gets an American release.

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When Marnie Was There Travels the Road From Hate to Forgiveness

By Schaeffer's Ghost on June 14, 2015

Studio Ghibli’s melancholy story of a girl and—maybe—a ghost.

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A Gift From Heaven, but Only for a Short Time

By Christian Hamaker on October 31, 2014

A gentle storybook tale about the fleeting nature of life.

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My Neighbor Totoro

By Paul Miller on May 8, 2013

My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki  My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is a quiet, calm, beautiful film. There is no dialogue for very long stretches of story while characters explore, watch, and discover—akin to the opening sequence of WALL-e. There is…

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Howl’s Moving Castle

By Kendrick Kuo on March 11, 2013

Review of Howl’s Moving Castle, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rating: 8/10 Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of a young woman named Sophie, who owns a hat store in a European-looking town. War is coming to the kingdom. It so…

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