Princess Mononoke - * * * 1/2*

Also known as The Phantom Princess. This animated film has become Japan’s highest grossing movie. A prince, searching for a cure for a deadly wound, stumbles upon a battle between nature and an iron-mining town. A human girl (voiced by Claire Danes) who can communicate with the nature spirits (Princess Mononoke) leads the battle for nature. Other voices will be provided by Minnie Driver (Eboshi), Gillian Anderson (Moro), Billy Bob Thornton and Billy Crudup.

Capsule Review: Brilliantly drawn, this beautiful story is much more complex (and confusing) than typical American animated fare. Not for the very young, The Princess Mononoke can be stunningly violent at times. But for fans of animation, this is a must see.

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