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Eastern antidote to Western animation at museum of art

Moviegoers raised on the shrillness of American cartoons might not know what to think at first about the comparative calm of Japan’s Studio Ghibli. It was founded in the mid-1980s by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and its anime offerings are a blissful antidote to the mania of Westernized family flicks. That contrast is particularly


Film review: Force Majeure

Early in Force Majeure, a young, good-looking family — father, mother, son and daughter — is having lunch at an outdoor restaurant of a ski resort in the French Alps. The vista, a gleaming and snow-packed mountain, is almost overwhelmingly spectacular. A controlled explosion in the distance triggers an avalanche that commands the attention of