Plus: 'Never Let Me Go,' 'Dirty Girl,' 'Everything Must Go,' 'The Conspirator' and more
Who: Directed by Sylvain Chomet and based on an unfilmed script by Jacques Tati.
What: The first animated film from Chomet since his international smash, "The Triplets Of Belleville," this is the story of an aging stage magician unable to find his place in a world of rock stars and celebrities, where magic no longer matters. When he meets a young fan, though, the Illusionist finds one more chance at reaching an audience.
Why: Animation that isn't aimed squarely at children is rare, but when a director like Chomet makes a film like "Belleville," that makes it an automatic must-see for anyone who loves world cinema. Factor into that the idea that Chomet is working from a script that was left behind by the brilliant French comic filmmaker Jacques Tati, and I expect nothing less than... well... magic.
[Opening in limited release on Dec. 25]
- Drew McWeeny