Originally written by French comic genius and cinema legend Jacques Tati as a love letter from father to daughter, The Illusionist has been adapted by Oscar-nominated director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) into his distinctive hand-drawn animated style. The story revolves around an aging magician and a teenage girl, whose paths become intertwined. The film is up for an Oscar this year, and if there is any justice, it will beat its CGI competition, Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon (not that they're bad films, but come on -- Chomet works are akin to masterpieces). Opens today, Friday, Feb. 4 at Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. Call 301-652-7273 or visit landmarktheatres.com.