Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
20th Century Fox,
Dir: Richard Marquand
In the exciting conclusion to the original STAR WARS trilogy, a new Death Star threatens the Rebel Alliance, and to destroy it, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) enlists the help of a tribe of furry little creatures called Ewoks - and confronts the evil Darth Vader. Written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, RETURN OF THE JEDI received a special visual effects Oscar for such dazzling sequences as the Sarlacc battle and the Endor speeder bike chase. Costarring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!
With an intergalactic cast of thousands, director Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design. When Amane and her older cousin Natsuki find an injured dog in the woods, they discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant. Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar gathering place of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and – if that weren’t enough – a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle. Recommended ages: 7 and up.
Sony Pictures Classics,
Dir: Satoshi Kon
The final film from animator Satoshi Kon offers a mash-up of fantasy and waking life that would be echoed in Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION a few years later. In the near future, an experimental device called the DC Mini allows people to view others’ dreams. A promising tool for psychotherapy, Dr. Chiba uses it on her patients, adopting the alter-ego “Paprika” to enter their nocturnal reveries. But when the DC Mini is stolen by those who would abuse its power, dream worlds begin to impinge on reality, and only Paprika can bring an end to the chaos. Named one of the 25 All-Time Best Animated Films by Time magazine, PAPRIKA’s hallucinatory logic and dazzling visuals are mesmerizing. In Japanese with English subtitles.