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Anime-Magic Film Series 

When: March 17-19 2017
Price: $9

Wonders—and, occasionally, traumas—descend on the Carolina Theatre via this celebration of international animated features. Fans of the Japanese animation that gives the series its name will be rewarded with a plethora of productions from the legendary Studio Ghibli, including five classics by Hayao Miyazaki himself, including Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. You can't go wrong with any of them, though My Neighbor Totoro is best for the kids and Castle in the Sky is the one I most often use to introduce people to Ghibli's balance of action and meditative moments. Other offerings include sci-fi adventure Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and the haunting World War II tragedy Grave of the Fireflies, which has a dual reputation as one of the greatest movies ever made and a movie that will make you want to play in traffic afterward. The festival is not limited to Japan, either: there's the 1970 French film Fantastic Planet, a memorably weird little number, and the 1978 adaptation of Watership Down—one of the first films I remember seeing on television, and one of the first to leave me deeply, deeply traumatized at the sight of those poor rabbits, in search of a new home, being mauled by dogs, shot at by humans, and having visions of fields full of blood. For the love of all that is holy, do not automatically take your children to what looks like "The Cute Bunny Movie."—Zack Smith

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