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War with Grandpa, The

Robert De Niro has made his share of nearly-unwatchable comedies so, although it’s tempting to say The War with Grandpa is the worst, I can’t say that definitively. It is, however, bad enough to deserve consideration for that dubious disti...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2020-10-09
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Rude Humor, Mild Profanity, Bullying)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, ...
Hocus Pocus

It's 1693 and a trio of witches (Winifred, played by Bette Midler; Sarah, played by Sarah Jessica Parker; and Mary, played by Kathy Najimy) are preparing a spell that will ensure them immortality and eternal youth. However, before the magic is...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 1993-07-16
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Walking Corpses)
Genre: Comedy/Horror
Director: Kenny Ortega
Cast: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, ...
Personal History of David Copperfield, The

As long as there will be movies, new adaptations of beloved classics will follow. The important aspect for every director to remember is to find a unique angle – a change in tone, a different slant to the narrative, a shift in setting, etc. ...

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2020-08-28
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Armondo Iannucci
Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, ...
Summerland

Summerland, the directorial debut of playwright Jessica Swale, tells the familiar story of the spinster who has an unwanted ward thrust upon her and, despite initially resenting him, comes to care for him. Swale’s screenplay deflects some cr...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2020-07-31
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Jessica Swale
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, ...
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, the first theatrical collaboration of Japanese animation icons Hayao Miyazaki (directing his second feature film) and Isao Takahata, led directly to the formation of Studio Ghibli, which was founded only a l...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-07-12
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Sumi Shimamoto, Goro Naya, Asbel, ...
Truth, The

In 2014, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son missed the #1 spot on my annual Top 10 list by a whisker (it was one of three films that year to which I awarded four stars). A few years later, his Shoplifters topped the l...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2020-07-03
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, ...
Witches, The

The Witches was the third and final foray into feature film fantasy made by the late Muppets creator, Jim Henson. Released shortly after his death, the movie followed in the footsteps of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth as opportunities to use H...

Run Time: 1:31
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-06-14
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Jasen Fisher, Mai Zetterling, ...
Artemis Fowl

What is it about fantasy novels that makes them so difficult to translate effectively to the silver screen? It’s not impossible – J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings adaptations are proof that i...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2020-06-12
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, ...
In the Mood for Love

Moody. Mournful. Slow. Languorous. Long takes. Deep colors and deeper shadows. Images that linger. All of these thoughts, observations, and impressions come to mind while watching Wong Kar-Wai’s 2000 feature, In the Mood for Love. The film w...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-05-31
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Wong Kar-wai
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Labyrinth

Fantasy in the 1980s had a “cutesy” problem. Setting aside the deliciously bloody Schwarzenegger Conan the Barbarian, the field was littered with productions steeped in the belief that fantasy=children’s fare. Whether it was Disney’s b...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-05-24
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Fantasy
Director: Jim Henson
Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Brian Henson, ...