RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN
1978, Walt Disney Pictures, 95 min, Dir: John Hough

Sinister forces from this world align against two young space travelers from another in this sequel to the Disney family favorite. Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards return as the telekinetic teens, with Christopher Lee and Bette Davis as a villainous scientist and his patron, respectively.


METROPOLIS (2001)
2001, Sony Repertory, 107 min, Japan, Dir: Rintaro

Based on a classic manga by the late, great Osamu Tezuka (with whom Rintaro worked on such 1960s classics as "Astro-Boy" and "Kimba"), METROPOLIS is not a remake of the legendary Fritz Lang silent - although it’s not without similarities. In an enormous, retro-future city where robots and androids do most of the work, there is nonetheless great unrest. The government is a tool of the evil billionaire Duke Red, and the seeds of rebellion grow underground. Stir into this crucible of turbulence a young man, his detective uncle, a youthful assassin and an angelic blonde who doesn’t realize just what she really is, and the result is as compelling as it is eye-popping, and as unusual as the Swing-era music on the soundtrack. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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