• Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

    A Wrinkle In Time

    by  • March 13, 2018 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Ava DuVernay Starring: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine Rated: PG for thematic elements and some peril. Since its first publication in 1962, Madeleine L’Engle’s novel “A Wrinkle in Time” has been continuously in print. It’s an enduring classic of science fantasy,...

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    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    by  • May 16, 2017 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Guy Ritchie Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, Annabelle Wallis, Eric Bana Rated: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong “King Arthur” is pretty much everything you could want from a medieval Guy Ritchie film....

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    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    by  • October 11, 2016 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Eva Green, a thin person with pale skin and dark hair, is pointing a crossbow at something out of the frame. She is wearing stylized 40's formalwear.

    Directed by: Tim Burton Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Stamp Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril Tim Burton’s newest film (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) features neither Johnny Depp nor Helena Bonham Carter, and doesn’t even have...

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    The Huntsman: Winter’s War

    by  • April 26, 2016 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach. Rated: PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality. If you saw 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” it should be pretty easy for you to decide whether to see the new film...

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    Oz the Great and Powerful

    by  • March 12, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    China Girl and Oz

    Making what is essentially a prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time is a risky business. “Oz, The Great and Powerful” gives us the story of how the titular wizard in “The Wizard of Oz” got to where he is when Dorothy meets him. It’s not a perfect film by...

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    by  • December 18, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Fans of Middle-Earth, rejoice! A new movie is out, ready to take you to that land of Elves, Hobbits, and Dwarves. It’s also making use of the new high frame-rate technology available for 3D projection, so if you’re a film tech nerd, it’s doubly exciting. This isn’t a non-stop action thriller, of course; as...

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    Rise of the Guardians

    by  • November 27, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Kids movies that take the time and trouble to be enjoyable by and accessible to grownups have a special place in my heart, especially when they’re fairly smart and creatively designed. “Rise of the Guardians” falls into this camp, and I enjoyed the first hour and twenty minutes enough to forgive the last ten...

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    by  • July 2, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    It seems like just about every movie whose protagonist is a young woman has to have a love interest for her. In some cases (Disney, I'm looking at you), the young woman's entire adventure revolves entirely around getting her man. Not exactly inspiring for young girls who are more interested in adventures than in...

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    Snow White & The Huntsman

    by  • June 4, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's a lot to like about "Snow White and the Huntsman," and a lot to dislike. This grittier take on the familiar fairy tale is likely to divide audiences into those who demand intelligence (or at least not willful stupidity) from movies and those who just want to be taken for a fun ride....

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    John Carter

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Disney has a knack for producing movies that aren't terribly demanding, but are very entertaining for kids of all ages, including grown-up ones. "John Carter," loosely adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs book "A Princess of Mars," is just such a flick. If you're the kind of person who can't set aside science and...

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