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Alice in Wonderland

This review is based on an IMAX 3-D screening. Lewis Carroll's "Wonderland" stories, much like the collected works of Roald Dahl, can be perceived from a number of perspectives. Although traditionally seen as a children's tale, Alice's Wonderla...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2010-03-05
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: FANTASY/ADVENTURE
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, ...
Alice through the Looking Glass

Alice through the Looking Glass may represent Disney’s first big-budget failure in quite some time. More likely to inspire thoughts of Michael Bay than Lewis Carroll, this sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland borrows sparingly ...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2016-05-27
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, ...
American Hustle

By cannibalizing the casts of his previous two movies, director David O. Russell has come up with his third consecutive winner. American Hustle, very loosely based on late 1970s "ABSCAM" sting, takes its cues from Boogie Nights both in terms of how...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2013-12-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs, Violence)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, ...
Army of Darkness

Ash (Bruce Campbell) is a housewares salesman at an S-Mart department store before a venture to the house from The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead II sends him through a time tunnel into the Middle Ages. Suddenly, as the "Promised One" of prophesy, he i...

Run Time: 1:21
U.S. Release Date: 1993-02-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: HORROR/COMEDY
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidz, Marcus Gilbert
Avengers: Age of Ultron

It is the 800-pound gorilla in the room, the behemoth before which every other would-be blockbuster during the summer of 2015 must bow. Yet, perhaps because the filmmakers subconsciously recognized this and didn't feel the pressure to excel, the ...

Run Time: 2:21
U.S. Release Date: 2015-05-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, ...
Back to School

For Rodney Dangerfield, the stand-up comedian whose catchphrase was “I don’t get no respect,” Back to School provided an opportunity to get more than his share of praise and adulation. The crowd-pleasing comedy grossed $91M, making it th...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-08-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Alan Metter
Cast: Rodney Dangerfield, William Zabka, Adrienne Barbeau, ...
Batman

The superheroes of DC Comics have been very good to Warner Brothers. In 1978, Superman became a major motion picture event, packing theaters and resulting in a franchise that generated three sequels before collapsing under the weight of bad writin...

Run Time: 2:06
U.S. Release Date: 1989-06-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, ...
Big Eyes

Tim Burton's name is on the credits but Big Eyes doesn't feel at all like the visually eccentric, gothic-tinged productions we normally expect from the offbeat director. Oh, there are some "Burton-esque" moments, like a vacation in ...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2014-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Mature Themes, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Amy Adams, Terence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, ...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If there is any living director who can do justice to the warped nature of Roald Dahl's "children's stories," it's Tim Burton. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn't the first time these two have "collaborated." Burton produced Henry Selick's anim...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2005-07-15
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Mature Themes)
Genre: FANTASY
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, ...
Charlotte's Web

As family features go, Charlotte's Web may be the best we have seen in a while. Technically adept and surprisingly affecting, the movie translates E.B. White's children's book into a motion picture that will enthrall children and engage their paren...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2006-12-15
MPAA Rating: "G" (Nothing Objectionable)
Genre: FAMILY
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Thomas Haden Church, André Benjamin, ...