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— Wes Bentley, American Beauty

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My Neighbor Totoro

Picture quality improved over previous releases, new extras an added bonus —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

Neighbors make themselves at home on Totoro

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I could have given this movie three stars, but then I’d have to explain under what conditions it is recommended. Instead, I give it two and a half stars (not quite a recommendation) so I can sing its praises. This movie has all the wit of the original Warner Brothers Cartoons, and a few updated jabs at modern society (including a couple of slams at Walt Disney, the mickey-mouse corporation that treats its entertainers like slaves, who must perform the same routine for a new audience, night after night).

In fact, the distinction between Warner Brothers and Disney is what makes this movie so good. If this were a Disney movie, the target audience would be much younger, the jokes less hip, and there would be some tacked-on moral to be drawn from the story: “slavery is bad,” perhaps. But in Space Jam, there are no pretenses that this movie is to be anything other than fun.