Your Name

The highest-grossing anime in box-office history, Your Name has many hailing the film’s director, Makoto Shinkai, as the new Hayao Miyazaki. Shinkai has been working towards this for a while, and boasts a nice assortment of creative sci-fi dramas on his resume, all with emo band titles like The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second (that’s the speed at which cherry blossoms fall). For its first half, Your Name functions like Freaky Friday (teenagers swapping bodies while they sleep?! zoinks!!), but midway through, it ramps up its narrative by like 1,000 percent. Do yourself a favor and don’t read anything else about it before you see it! Shinkai has a ways to go before he’s ready to pick up Miyazaki’s torch, but Your Name’s twist is worth waiting for. by Suzette Smith
Showtimes & Tickets
Makoto Shinkai
Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sinterniklaas, Laura Post