Spirited Away

Hayao Miyazaki’s 2002 Spirited is essentially a kids’ fairy tale, rich in enchantment and shape-changing, with a dreamy Never-Never Land setting. (Parents note: The movie will be dubbed, not subtitled, for your kids' enjoyment.) While moving to their new home in the country, 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned, spirit-haunted amusement park; soon her folks are turned into pigs, leaving Chihiro to fend for herself and search for ways to break the spell. Gradually she ingratiates herself at a kind of vacation bathhouse for the Shinto spirit world’s genius loci figures. Miyazaki’s visual artistry is undeniable; any one individual cel from Spirited would look great on a gallery wall. As a movie, however, it’s lacking. (PG) BRIAN MILLER

Tue., Aug. 26, 6:30 & 9 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 27, 6:30 & 9 p.m., 2008

 
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