"If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword."
Fans of high fantasy — fantasy that takes place on an epic scale in an imaginary world in which otherwise supernatural creatures and forces are simply a part of the natural environment — were all but left out in the cold in 2012, while superheroes, aliens and secret agents were free to run amok on the big screen. Where were all of the wizards, dragons and elves? Except for animated movies and the pair of Snow White adaptations, high fantasy movies have been noticeably absent from the Cineplex of late.
Thankfully, fans of the fantasy sub-genre will not have to wait much longer with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening in only a matter of days and Russian director Sergei Bodrov's (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) new fantasy adventure, Seventh Son — that's a begrizzled Jeff Bridges in the hood and cloak above, playing an aging knight who must train a new apprentice (Ben Barnes) to help him battle a malevolent witch (Julianne Moore) that seeks to destroy him — debuting next year. In anticipation of the return of magic to movie theaters, help us rate the best high fantasy movies of all time (beyond time).
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Image courtesy Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Posted 12.05.12 by BrentJS
This summer's last major sequel, Rush Hour 3, arrives in theaters this week, signaling that the much-hyped "Summer of Sequels" is finally beginning to wind down. Taking on the formidable duo of Chan and Tucker is the fantasy epic Stardust, based on Neil Gaiman's acclaimed graphic novel.
A rundown of our reviews of this weekend's new releases:
Rush Hour 3
"Pure summer popcorn entertainment--giant explosions, crazy stunts, and big laughs. Ratner et al. know that and make no pretensions to be anything else." [Full Review]
"A diversionary treat — a lively little pop fairytale that flits back and forth from one colorful character to another." [Full Review]
Daddy Day Camp
"Scatological humor abounds throughout this follow-up as Fred Savage stumbles his way through his directorial debut, desperate to eke out a laugh of any kind. Alas, there are no laughs to be found." [Full Review]
"Blitz is clearly a director who trusts his audience's intellect, and as a result I found Rocket Science to be a good, endearing movie." [Full Review]
Also opening this weekend: Skinwalkers, Descent, 2 Days in Paris. Posted 08.10.07 by reelz