More than a mere appetizer to the Objectivist Happy Meals director Brad Bird would go on to make for Pixar, The Iron Giant is one of the last, doomed stands of hand-drawn animation, and the rare American cartoon that can rival the work of Hayao Miyazaki for enveloping woodland quiet. (Bird must have spent some time out in the Corvallis firs.) For viewers of a certain religious background, the movie is an emotional wrecking ball: Its hero is a divine visitor who functions as a combination muscular metal father figure and loyal pet, which is how a lot of us pictured Jesus anyway. Laurelhurst. Presented by Beer and Movie.

  • Best paired with: Lucky Lab Superdog IPA.
  • Also showing: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Bagdad, 9 pm Thursday, March 24).