Here's an instant family classic: another beautiful, hand-drawn animation from the Miyazakis (written by the legendary master Hayao, with Goro, his son, now directing). Set in a bustling seaside town with a misty harbor and lush gardens, the story centers on a tentative romance between two teenagers as they try to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball, in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Features the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks and Chris Noth. (Goro Miyazaki; Japan; 2012; 91 min)
New digital restoration!
Fritz Lang's first sound film, and his own favorite, is also cinema's first serial killer story. A haunting tune, "The Hall of the Mountain King," is whistled by a murderer (played to perfection by Peter Lorre) as all of Berlin's cops, crooks and beggars begin a massive manhunt. Lang's innovative use of camerawork and shadow and light can easily be seen as a precursor to film noir. Despite its world-classic status, M has mostly been shown in poor-quality prints. This crisp, new version includes footage missing. With subtitles. (Fritz Lang; Germany; 1931; 113 min)