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  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (PG)

    Terry Gilliam's third fantasy feature (1989) may not achieve all it reaches for, but it goes beyond Time Bandits and Brazil in its play with space and time, and as a children's picture it offers a fresh and exciting alternative to the Disney stranglehold on the market. more...
  • Alice

    Czech puppet animator Jan Svankmajer began making shorts in 1964, but not until 1988 was he able to realize his dream of a feature adapting Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. more...
  • Arabian Nights
  • Arabian Nights

    For this 2015 trilogy of dramatic features—subtitled The Restless One (125 min.), The Desolate One (131 min.), and The Enchanted One (125 min.)—Portuguese director Miguel Gomes uses One Thousand and One Nights, the classic collection of Middle Eastern and southeast Asian folktales, to consider his country's recent fiscal crisis. more...
  • Avatar (PG-13)

    More than a decade in the making, James Cameron's 3-D fantasy about a colony of human astronauts hoping to plunder an alien rain forest represents a quantum leap in movie magic; watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw King Kong. more...
  • Avatar 3D (PG-13)

    More than a decade in the making, James Cameron's 3-D fantasy about a colony of human astronauts hoping to plunder an alien rain forest represents a quantum leap in movie magic; watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw King Kong. more...
  • Babe (G)

    This 1995 live-action film about a piglet that behaves like a sheepdog is impressive, though I do think it's creepy to be so entertained by a movie in which I can't tell from one moment to the next whether I'm watching a real animal or a fake. more...
  • Back to the Future (PG)

    Director Robert Zemeckis confronts the oedipal heart of the time-travel genre with this zestfully tasteless 1985 tale about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who's projected back to 1955 and then must arrange the romance of his parents—even though mom (Lea Thompson) seems more interested in her handsome son-of-the-future than in his potential pop, a groveling nerd. more...
  • Beautiful Creatures (PG-13)

    Adapted from a young adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this fantasy about witches and warlocks walking among us was clearly produced for the Twilight crowd, but a witty script and the enjoyably hammy performances from Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons broaden its appeal. more...
  • Bluebeard (NR)

    Like Eric Rohmer near the end of his career, French director Catherine Breillat has begun to experiment with costume drama as a way of recasting her signature themes, and she’s found a perfect property in Charles Perrault’s tale of a fearsome nobleman who murders his wives. more...