End Credits:
Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Plus: I Feel Pretty

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Directed by former Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Studio Ponoc’s debut film Mary and the Witch’s Flower has already got former boss Hayao Miyazaki’s (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) approval. Based on Mary Stewart’s novel The Little Broomstick, it follows a young girl who, after finding a mysterious flower, is given the powers of a witch for one night. After a dramatic broomstick ride she ends up at the Endor College for Witches where she is mistaken for a student, and Hogwarts this is not. Viewers could easily mistake this for a Studio Ghibli film – the look and feel, the weird magical creatures all bear the hallmarks – but given Ponoc’s heritage and Miyazaki’s approval it feels more homage and evolution than a rip-off.

Dealing with the issues of body image, insecurity and confidence Amy Schumer stars in I Feel Pretty. After hitting her head during spin class, Renee (Schumer), a shy and self-conscious woman, wakes up believing she looks the way she always wished. With her new found confidence her life improves – but can it last?

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