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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Originality ▶ Stories I know and love
  • Production Level ▶ Polished
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A Little Princess (1995)

Based on a 1905 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess really puts its young girl protagonist through the ringer, and it can be tough going, but the rewards are great. Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) has been raised in India, feasting on romantic fairy tales that she imagines with vivid colors. read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
    • Originality ▶ Stories I know and love

A Little Princess (1995)

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  • With: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer, Arthur Malet, Vanessa Lee Chester, Errol Sitahal, Heather DeLoach, Taylor Fry, Darcie Bradford, Rachael Bella, Alexandra Rea-Baum, Camilla Belle, Lauren Blumenfeld, Kelsey Mulrooney
  • Written by: Richard LaGravenese, Elizabeth Chandler, based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Directed by: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/09/1995
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Excalibur (1981)

The King Arthur legend has been adapted many times into many movies, though usually they focus on certain facets of the unwieldy tale. Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac (1974) looks at the period toward the end of the search for the Holy Grail. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) offers a humorous look at these characters. Eric Rohmer's Perceval (1978) focuses on just one character. Disney's animated The Sword in the Stone (1963) showed a young Arthur. Even Merlin got his own TV miniseries. But many consider John Boorman's Excalibur (1981) to be quintessential because it tries to distill all these stories -- and more -- into one movie. read more...
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    Excalibur (1981)

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    • With: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne, Keith Buckley, Katrine Boorman, Liam Neeson, Corin Redgrave, Niall O'Brien, Patrick Stewart, Clive Swift, Ciarin Hinds
    • Written by: Rospo Pallenberg, based on a book by Thomas Malory
    • Directed by: John Boorman
    • MPAA Rating: R
    • Running Time: 140 minutes
    • Release Date: 04/09/1981
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

    Much like three Hobbit films that came after The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them feels like a way to keep the cash flow going after the Harry Potter series nobly and properly came to an end. read more...
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      Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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      • With: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp
      • Written by: J.K. Rowling
      • Directed by: David Yates
      • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some fantasy action violence
      • Running Time: 133 minutes
      • Release Date: 11/17/2016
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      Forrest Gump (1994)

      I have written elsewhere that Forrest Gump is my least favorite movie ever made. To tell the truth, that's a bit of hyperbole. It was an extreme reaction to a movie that became a phenomenon. If the movie had been a flop, I might have given it the rating it deserves, and the rating I'm giving it now, two stars out of four. Far from the worst movie ever made. (As of this writing, July of 2013, the worst movie I ever saw came out just a few months back. It's called InAPPropriate Comedy. If you don't believe me, see for yourself, though I don't recommend it.) read more...
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        • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
        • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
        • Production Level ▶ Polished

      Forrest Gump (1994)

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      • With: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Michael Conner Humphreys, Hanna R. Hall
      • Written by: Eric Roth, based on a novel by Winston Groom
      • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
      • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence
      • Running Time: 142 minutes
      • Release Date: 06/22/1994
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      The Lion King (1994)

      The Lion King is probably, without much doubt, the most popular and beloved of all Disney animated films. But I am not one of its biggest fans. Of the fifty or so Disney animated features, I'd rank it somewhere in the middle. I saw it only once, in 1994, and just now saw it a second time for its 2017 Blu-ray release (the "Circle of Life" edition). I'd agree that it's beautiful, and frankly, hard to dislike. But before I get going, let me explain. read more...
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      The Lion King (1994)

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      • With: Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Niketa Calame, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Madge Sinclair
      • Written by: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton, etc.
      • Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
      • MPAA Rating: G
      • Running Time: 89 minutes
      • Release Date: 06/14/1994
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