9 items from 2013
Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 119 minutes
Disney and Studio Ghibli proudly present Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s (Best Animated Feature, 2002, “Spirited Away”) unforgettable animated adventure “Howl’s Moving Castle” in high definition, on Blu-ray for the first time ever — on May 21, 2013.
The fantastic new Blu-ray Combo Pack release lets “Howl’s Moving Castle” soar like never before with a breathtaking new HD digital transfer of the fantastic animated adventure that celebrates the power of love and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Brimming with a blend of imagination, humor, action and romance, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is the story of Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer), a diligent teenage girl working in her family’s hat shop, who finds her life thrown into turmoil when she »
- Jess Orso
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
This week: Steven Soderbergh's supposedly final film "Side Effects" is a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. We tell you why it's a final work worth checking out.
Also new this week is the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading-man status in "The Last Stand," the Ya supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in "Stand Up Guys" and a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Box Office: $32 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: This twisty tale from Steven Soderbergh is about a woman named Emily (Rooney Mara) who turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) to help her deal with her intense anxiety attacks after her husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. After Banks prescribes an experimental drug to Emily, the side effects have deadly consequences and Banks reaches out to Emily's former shrink (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for advice. »
- Robert DeSalvo
Studio Ghibli is mostly known for making classic anime films such as Castle in Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. As you can see, they are a talented animation studio that makes amazing movies. Well, they've taken their talent and put together an epic live-action short film called Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo, which features a giant monster attacking Tokyo.
The short was directed by Higuchi Shinji who is known for the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The project was commissioned by Anno Hideaki, director of the Evangelion series and key animator on Miyazaki Hayao's Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, for the Tokusatsu Special Effects Museum in Tokyo. What makes this short even more awesome is the fact that Miyazaki himself created the design for the giant creature. This is the first live action movie that »
- Joey Paur
There's no shortage of magic in "From Up on Poppy Hill," although it's not the kind people usually associate with the work of master animator Hayao Miyazaki. His earlier classics gave us a cat-bus ("My Neighbor Totoro"), an ambulatory house ("Howl's Moving Castle") and a pilot turned into a pig ("Porco Rosso"), among other delights. "From Up on Poppy Hill" deals strictly with more human concerns. Still, in an age where 2D animation is being pushed aside by computer-generated, three-dimensional efforts, the gorgeous hand-drawn majesty of the films of Japanese powerhouse Studio »
- Alonso Duralde
Posters for Mud, Fast and Furious 6, Dark Skies, Toy's House, Passion, 6 Souls, Breathe In, Night Train to Lisbon, The Company You Keep, If I Were You, The Frankenstein Theory, Jigsaw Puzzle, The Last Road, The Numbers Station.
"New release dates include: "Spring Breakers" and "The Kill Hole" on March 15th, "Antiviral" on April 12th, "Sightseers" on May 10th, "The East" on May 31st, and in 2014 we'll see "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" on February 14th…" (full details)
- Garth Franklin
Spirited Away has been named the best Studio Ghibli movie by Digital Spy users. The poll was run to mark the debut of Ghibli's new video game Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PlayStation 3. A selection of Digital Spy readers who voted in the survey will be invited to a special screening of Spirited Away in London on February 1, coinciding with the UK release of Ni No Kuni. Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 animated classic won 27.5% of the vote to lead the votes ahead of Howl's Moving Castle (17.9%). Digital (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a fantasy Jrpg developed by Level 5 in conjunction with famed animation company Studio Ghibli. Originally released in 2010 on the Nintendo DS, the game has been redeveloped for the Playstation 3 with western localisation, and is due to be released in the Us on January 22nd, and in Europe on February 1st.
The game follows the adventure of Oliver, a thirteen-year-old boy from the fictional town of Motorville. After a tragic accident which sees the death of his mother, Oliver's beloved doll, Mr Drippy - the self-proclaimed "Lord High Lord of the Fairies" - is brought to life and shares with him the possibility of saving his mother by becoming a masterful wizard and defeating the Dark Djinn Shadar, in the magical parallel world of 'Ni no Kuni'.
The introduction sees you exploring the quiet suburban setting of Oliver's home town, complete with »
Studio Ghibli, the Oscar-winning animation firm behind the likes of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo, will venture into video games next month with the release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PlayStation 3. To celebrate the game's debut, Digital Spy will be hosting an exclusive screening of its readers' favourite Ghibli film on February 1 in an exclusive Central London location.
> Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch preview On the night we'll have a demo of Ni No Kuni, a screening of the poll's number one film and prize giveaways. Everyone who attends will receive an exclusive Wizard's Companion (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
9 items from 2013
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