I don’t really like anime. These films look so much like each other that it’s easy to confuse one with another. Paprika is different. It’s an amazing piece of work done by Satoshi Kon. Scientists have invented a machine where a therapist can share dreams with a patient. It gets stolen, and a terrorist tries to turn the dreamworld into reality.
The film is simple yet clever. Dreams enter dreams and other dreams, and reality twists and bends, and the character can never decide if they’re awake or asleep. And neither can you.
Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for kids, or $14 for all seven films. Admission is free for Washington State University Tri-Cities students. Tickets are available at the door.
You Vs. Mr. Movie class planned April 23
Learn how to review movies at a You Vs. Mr. Movie class with the Herald’s movie reviewer, Gary Wolcott.
You will start by watching The Jungle Book April 23 at Carmike Cinemas, 1380 N. Louisiana St., Kennewick.
Afterward, the class will convene at Southridge High School, 3320 Southrdige Blvd., also in Kennewick. There, Mr. Movie will go through the ins and outs of how to review a movie.
It costs $23 and includes the ticket.
Register at bit.ly/MrMovieClass. When you register, Kennewick Community Education will contact you with the movie times and what time to be at the school.
Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for animated nudity and mature themes. It’s playing at 7:30 p.m. April 15 only at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.