The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) RT 94% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Dec 1997

Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Danny Elfman  •  Chris Sarandon  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  William Hickey

The Dark Crystal (1982) RT 72% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Oct 1999

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race ...  (more)

GENRES: Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz  •  Jim Henson
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Kathryn Mullen  •  Frank Oz  •  Dave Goelz

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) RT 78% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Nov 2007

Returning for his fifth year of study at the venerable Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the ever-maturing Harry Potter is stunned to find that his warnings about ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Family • Fantasy • Mystery
DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Michael Gambon

Time Bandits (1981) RT 91% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Mar 1999

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Sean Connery  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Katherine Helmond

Whiplash (2014) RT 94% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Feb 2015

Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music
DIRECTION:  Damien Chazelle
CAST:  Miles Teller  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Melissa Benoist  •  Austin Stowell

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) RT 82% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Dec 2011

Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father Charles. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Rupert Wyatt
CAST:  Andy Serkis  •  Karin Konoval  •  Freida Pinto  •  James Franco

Castle in the Sky (1986) RT 95% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Apr 2003

The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Animation • Family • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Keiko Yokozawa  •  Mayumi Tanaka  •  Minori Terada  •  Kotoe Hatsui

John Carter (2012) RT 51% / Audience 60%

DVD release: Jun 2012

Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Fantasy • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Andrew Stanton
CAST:  Taylor Kitsch  •  Mark Strong  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Ciarán Hinds

Wild (2014) RT 90% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Mar 2015

A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Jean-Marc Vallée
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Mo McRae  •  Michiel Huisman  •  Gaby Hoffmann

Arthur (2011) RT 26% / Audience 44%

DVD release: Jul 2011

A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman, his family doesn't like.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Jason Winer
CAST:  Russell Brand  •  Helen Mirren  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Jennifer Garner




Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) RT 83% / Audience 51%

DVD release: Nov 2005

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Comedy • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Freddie Highmore  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Julia Winter

Dogma (1999) RT 67% / Audience 85%

DVD release: May 2000

The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late 20th Century. Angels, demons, apostles and prophets (of a sort) walk among ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Comedy • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Kevin Smith
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Matt Damon  •  Linda Fiorentino  •  Jason Mewes

Stand by Me (1986) RT 91% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Aug 2000

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Wil Wheaton  •  River Phoenix  •  Corey Feldman  •  Jerry O'Connell

Yes Man (2008)

Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Peyton Reed
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Rhys Darby  •  Sasha Alexander

The Island (2005) RT 40% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Dec 2005

Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly Utopian but contained facility in the year 2019. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Michael Bay
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Djimon Hounsou  •  Sean Bean

The Walk (2015) RT 84% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Jan 2016

The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Charlotte Lebon  •  Ben Schwartz

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) RT 85% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Oct 2003

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Kate Capshaw  •  Jonathan Ke Quan  •  Amrish Puri

The NeverEnding Story (1984) RT 82% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Sep 2001

While hiding from bullies in his school's attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Barret Oliver  •  Gerald McRaney  •  Noah Hathaway  •  Drum Garrett

Lost Horizon (1937) RT 100% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Aug 1999

British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Fantasy • Mystery
DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Ronald Colman  •  Jane Wyatt  •  Edward Everett Horton  •  John Howard

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)

A year after his father's death, Oskar, a troubled young boy, discovers a mysterious key he believes was left for him by his father and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Stephen Daldry
CAST:  Thomas Horn  •  Tom Hanks  •  Sandra Bullock  •  John Goodman