Tag Archives: Fantasy

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

LET THE MYSTERY UNFOLD.  After the death of her mother, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) ends up in a magical world where she learns that not everything is what it seems… This 3D reimagining and combination of the 1816 story and the 1892 Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet looks gorgeous, but the stunning technical details can’t conceal the fact that … Continue reading The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Gods of Egypt

ALL OF CREATION IS AT STAKE.  In a different Egypt many years ago, a young, enslaved thief (Brenton Thwaites) meets the defeated god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and tries to help him get back at his evil uncle (Gerard Butler) who’s stolen the throne. Director Alex Proyas is known for his dark, visual stories, but this … Continue reading Gods of Egypt

A Wrinkle in Time

BE A WARRIOR.  Teenager Meg Murry (Storm Reid) travels together with her six-year-old brother and a friend of hers to a different dimension where they might find out what happened to Meg’s father (Chris Pine), a scientist who disappeared four years ago. Disney’s gamble, betting on a 3D fantasy adventure directed by someone with little … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

RAISED ON THE STREETS. BORN TO BE KING.  Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is transported from Londinium to the sword Excalibur along with other young men as part of King Vortigern’s (Jude Law) attempt to find and kill the rightful heir to the throne. Another fanciful attempt, this time in 3D, to give the King Arthur tale … Continue reading King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FROM J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD.  In 1920s New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives from Britain carrying a peculiar suitcase that turns out to be bursting with magical creatures… In her screenwriting debut, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Harry Potter, which had been explored in eight previous movies; this is a separate … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A Monster Calls

STORIES ARE WILD CREATURES. Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with his mother’s terminal illness and a bully at school when late one night he has an encounter with a ”monster”, a giant yew tree that has three stories to tell him. Patrick Ness brings his children’s book (and Jim Kay’s illustrations) vividly to life … Continue reading A Monster Calls

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War