When: Fri., Sept. 2, 11:55 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 3, 11:55 p.m. 2016
Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke is one of the greatest action films ever made. Ashitaka is a young warrior who attempts to save his village from the depredations of an enraged boar god, only to learn too late that the boar god has been corrupted by an evil force. The force gets its claws in Ashitaka as well, and he journeys west to either find a cure or die in battle. Instead he finds San, a warrior princess who pals around with two supernatural wolves while attempting to destroy Iron Town, which pumps out pollution around the clock. But does Iron Town and its power-hungry ruler Lady Eboshi need destroying — or does it need to find a way to live in balance with nature? Princess Mononoke is a parable about the damage humanity has done to the natural world, but one with several thrilling battles and an engaging pair of heroes. And just wait until you see the Forest Spirit. Princess Mononoke is shown as part of the Reel Late series at midnight Friday and Saturday (September 2 and 3) at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.landmarktheatres.com). Tickets are $8.