From Up on Poppy Hill From Studio Ghibli, the famed Japanese animation studio, a gentle, meditative tale about an industrious 16-year-old who joins a campaign to preserve a dilapidated old clubhouse where the boys at her school live. A beautifully rendered film about honoring the traditions of the past as we look toward the future. PG

Mud Matthew McConaughey has the title role - a mysterious fugitive discovered by two boys on an island in the Arkansas Delta - in Jeff Nichols' scary, instant American classic. R

The Place Beyond the Pines Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes star in an epic drama about a motorcycle stunt rider/bank robber and the cop who chases him down. Boldly ambitious, with great performances from Ben Mendelsohn, Harris Yulin and Ray Liotta. R