Dir. by Andrew Stanton (2008). A technological tour de force and an aesthetic triumph. The first 20 minutes, transporting us back to the world of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, are sublime, but the real miracle is that the standard Disney tropes—adorable critters, rampant sentimentality, asexual eroticism—have been burnt to a crisp and redeployed as beacons of hope in a vision of almost unbearably bleakness.
Sat., Sept. 19, 2 p.m., 2009

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