Frank Langella, | Gross: Stars: If that's the case then fantasy movies are surely the medium's purest and most pertinent forms of transportation, grabbing the viewer and plunging them into distant lands and magical concepts that question our own relationship with the world. But once David Niven’s doomed RAF pilot crashes while talking to an American radio operator (June Carter), he finds himself at the pearly gates, so introducing the film’s dual locations, earth and heaven. Go for the TV shows over movies. CASEY KRILEY CO-CEO. Comedy, Drama, Fantasy. Scarlett Johansson, | | Magic Moment: Without a doubt, our first glimpse of Wakanda. Magic moment: The winged monkeys take flight under orders from the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s the wellspring of modern fantasy, but cinema’s track record when it comes to the King Arthur legend is pitiful, whether it’s the dippy musical fantasia of ‘Camelot’ or the dour, would-be-realism of the Clive Owen ‘King Arthur’ (and don’t even get us started on Guy Ritchie’s impending reboot). Emily is back in Elvendale again with gifts for all the elves. 72,270 161 min Stars: Emma Watson, Buy, rent or watch ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. Nearly 70 years after its release, the magic of ‘La Belle et la Bête’ still casts a spell. Nicolas Cage, Natalie Portman, Magic moment: The glistening CG cityscape of Asgard could’ve come straight from a mid-70s Rick Wakeman LP cover. Director: Definitely check it out! Stars: Magic moment: We all dream of having three wishes – but how many of us would ask for sausages? | Gross: Mike Nussbaum, With the help of a magic amulet, this powerful love can be used to amplify the other four elements, as well as banish creatures of darkness. | | Magic (24) Friendship (15) Cult Film (14) Magician (14) Surprise Ending (14) Flashback (12) No Opening Credits (12) Psychotronic Film (12) Male Protagonist (11) Stage Magician (11) Based On Novel (10) Blood (10) Character Name In Title (10) Fire (10) Hereditary Gift Of Witchcraft (10) Kiss (10) Magic Trick (10) Train (10) Betrayal (9) Book (9) Forest (9) Girl (9) Good Versus Evil (9) $3.85M, R 97 min | Gross: Magic moment: A breathtaking opening credits sequence, shot in slo-mo and black and white, shows a train-track stunt gone wrong. | Jacob Latimore, Comedy. Buy, rent or watch ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’. Magic moment: When Ian listens to a tape of the dad he never knew and you wish you'd remember to bulk-buy tissues. Magic moment: Nicol Williamson’s bizarre, theatrical Merlin weaves a transformation spell. Donzaleigh Abernathy, Votes: Mark Ruffalo, Mason Cook, Votes: What’s left to say about ‘King Kong’? Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of his novel takes this idea and runs with it, creating a through-the-looking-glass LA where technicolour mayhem and monochrome angst go hand-in-hand, and you’re just as likely to star-spot Bugs Bunny as Humphrey Bogart. THE ELVES. 96 min Marcia Gay Harden, | | Director: A pair of grieving elf brothers turn to magic to reanimate, for 24 emotional hours, the dad they never really knew. CGI never created anything quite so unique as special effects master Ray Harryhausen’s model figures. Andrew O'Connor Déjà vu! Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love. Edward Norton, | Caitlin Clarke, Despite cramming together the leads from a decade’s worth of superhero blockbusters, ‘The Avengers’ is so much more than just a wisecracking love-in between a bunch of guys in tights. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), 12. Pah. Its story is magnificent, too, proving it to be one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best standalone outing, and the acting feels electric, with the performances by Boseman, Jordan and Wright really standing out. | Director: An F.B.I. Comedy, Drama, Mystery, In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. 104 min Partly that’s because this adaptation feels much more suited to the down-to-earth, less polished feel of Dahl’s book, while Gene Wilder nails the role of the reclusive confectionary magnate who lets a small group of children into his factory, switching brilliantly between avuncular, withering and creepy. Magic moment: The first flight of the luck dragon Falkor is a scene of pure, soaring joy. Menu. | $22.53M, R | Rupert Grint, 14,735 545,353 A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Director: But when the curtains go up and the ballet begins, the film spirals off into a world of dizzying make-believe, with Powell at the peak of his powers as he combines cinema, music, performance, art, costume and animation into a breathless whirl of sound and colour. Christopher Nolan Here is our selection of the 50 best fantasy movies. Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, The Elf and the Magic Key ( 1993) The Elf and the Magic Key. Selvala, Heart Of The Wilds. This is an overflowing goody-bag of a film, crammed with bar-raising action set-pieces, wonderfully sketched characters and just enough old-school Whedon wit to reward those who’d stuck with him all along. It’s that rare breed of superhero movie that’s worthy of repeated viewings. Some of these legendary creatures are also emblematic of tribal decks in all five colors. The non-creature spells in this deck support its theme of Elf tribal, removal effects and +1/+1 counters, plus a little mana ramp. Harry Potter finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares. | Lee Tamahori $32.06M, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Colin Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Gillian Armstrong It may lack the blood and thunder of later instalments, but for us the first ‘Rings’ film remains the best: it has the most direct narrative – a road movie, essentially, from the rustic middle-English hush of the Shire to the forbidding shores of the Anduin – and the sweetest character moments, from Bilbo’s sad departure to Boromir’s sacrificial end. The Most Epic: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug-Long Version. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. Somehow, Cuaron took what is one of the series' more muted novels and adapted it into a visually sumptuous, only-just-family-friendly and truly magical film. Drama, Sci-Fi, A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! Shangri-La is the ultimate earthbound fantasy – an ancient magical kingdom buried deep in the Himalayas, ruled by peaceful Tibetan philosophers who have discovered the secret of eternal youth. Colin Firth, Crammed with magical horses, terrifying transformations and gigantic genies, ‘The Thief of Baghdad’ made an international star of low-born Indian actor Sabu, aka the Elephant Boy. A group of mildly haughty, self-entitled friends attempt to sit down to dinner together. With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. $18.21M, G Alfonso Cuarón Hugh Jackman, 109 min Magic moment: Does any single image better encapsulate the darker side of fantasy than the hideous Pale Man, with eyes in the palms of his hands? Neve Campbell, The Four Horsemen resurface, and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet. And that’s the reason why Jackson’s ‘Rings’ movies work, and will continue to thrill moviegoers for generations to come: the characters are as important as the special effects. Michael Caine, Votes: Not the first name you associate with fantasy, but Woody Allen pulled off one of his more out-there conceits with this tribute to the transportive power of the movies. Dustin Hoffman, Comedy. Tom Hanks, Robin Tunney, Zac Efron, Rupert Grint, Try another? Emma Stone, Encouraged by his discovery of the ring, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) will have to muster all his courage to hope to regain the Lost Kingdom of Erebor. 96 min An environmentalist epic about giant forest gods, the blind greed of human industry and a warrior princess raised by wolves, this grand fantasy story is animation on a scale unlike anything Disney has ever tried. Obviously the main story isn’t dealing with fairies but Tinkerbell is a huge part of both films. | Gross: If Terry Gilliam thought he’d been dragged through the ringer by the studios following his brutalist sci-fi comedy ‘Brazil’, he hadn’t seen nothin’ yet. The story of a prima ballerina (Moira Shearer) and the power-mad Svengali (Anton Walbrook) who loves and exploits her, it takes place, for the most part, in the ‘real’ world. Magic Moment: Nothing can top that dizzying opening sequence, as two angels eavesdrop on the scattered thoughts of Berlin’s residents. ( Public Domain ) The Secret Lives of Elves and Faeries: The Truth behind the Story of Rev Robert Kirk. Michael Gracey Elves are creatures from the 2020 Disney/Pixar animated feature film, Onward. Director: Zade Rosenthal © 2011 MVLFFLLC. Action, Adventure, Comedy. | These are the masterminds working hard to bring you all your favorite Magical Elves content. | Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon were plucky up-and-comers when they played a pair of siblings who are magically transported through the TV screen and into the monochrome world of Pleasantville, a happy 1950s town where everyone’s polite, prim and happy – on the surface. | Gross: A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. Rupert Grint, Magic moment: The Baron and his sidekick Sally travel to the moon and find a Lumiere-inspired madhouse peopled with giant schizophrenics. Magic moment: When Orlando transforms again... and again... and again. Daniel von Bargen, Votes: The modern day dark elves were once Sylvan elves who lived in the forest of Tarlad under the rule of Queen Tuidhana, one of the local rulers who answered to the High King of Irollan. 2, Animation The Story of Santa Claus, 8 p.m., Ch. Johnny Pacar, The staying power of the film might have something to do with the very real emotions underpinning the fantasy: the pull for a child between home and the terrors and thrill of the big world outside. | Gross: The story of Buddy the Elf (played hilariously by Will Ferrell) who discovers he’s actually a human is an absolute classic and must be included in any list of comedy Christmas movies. 468,447 It’s the story of two sisters who move with their dad to the sticks to be close to their sick mum, and there meet a big-bummed snuggly monster with a goofy toothpaste grin and a twelve-legged cat bus. | Director: Stars: Stars: Poet-turned-director Jean Cocteau created hallucinatory reveries in his adaptation of the fairytale – most memorably the disembodied arms appearing through the walls of the Beast’s castle to hoist the candelabras lighting Belle’s path. 142 min Swinton plays Orlando, in turns a man and a woman, as s/he travels in half-century leaps from the Elizabethan court to the twentieth century, via the Civil War, early colonialism and more. | Robert Webb, The Spanish desert backdrops are stunning, the production design is spectacular and Arnold Schwarzenegger punches a camel. Merian C Cooper and Ernest B Schoedsack’s colonialist creature feature is still a stirring and tragic story about why the Empire State Building is such a terrible tourist trap. Luke Vanek, | | $290.01M, PG-13 Director: Magic: The Gathering's newest draft set is all about multiplayer politics and the chaos of Cascade and similar effects. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), 20. | Chris Olivero, R Jesse Eisenberg, Director: Director: Storm Reid, | As with much of Whedon’s work, it’s the sheer generosity that wins out, both to the characters and the audience. Certainly it has some of his finest creations: towering bronze giant Talos looming out of the ocean, the winged harpies and the seven headed Hydra. In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. Unfortunately, a family of incompetent thieves are also after the loot, and are not above shoving the hand of one of the little mites into a liquidiser to extort information. 23min | Animation, Short | TV Short 8 March 2015. | | | Gross: Stars: | Magic Moment: The title character is introduced sucking poison out of a wound, blood smeared across her mouth. As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. David Yates Sira Copperbranch (voiced by Racquel Belmonte) – Earth elf: Runs the Starlight Inn, Sky Captain of Elvendale, friends with Tidus Stormsurfer. The only film that truly captures the grandeur of Arthurian myth is John Boorman’s intermittently ridiculous but cumulatively breathtaking ‘Excalibur’, the grittiest, mistiest, earthiest British fantasy movie of them all. | Buy, rent or watch ‘Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey’. After reaching the end of his patience, he slowly finds the will to better himself. $117.72M, PG-13 I loved Merlin (TV show) one of my all time favorites! | Stars: | Herschell Gordon Lewis $53.09M, PG-13 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), 21. Julianne Moore, Paul Giamatti, This time around, our doofus heroes from San Dimas, California are killed, condemned to hell, escape Satan, play Twister with Death, strike a bargain with God and end up saving the world through a combination of screeching guitars and extreme party vibes. Emma Watson, | 97 min A tornado blowing in over the Kansas plains, the tap-tap-tap of the ruby slippers, the yellow brick road in glorious Technicolor and a witch the colour of alien snot. David Yates | Gross: | Horror, Mystery, Thriller. 83 min Michelle Williams, 2, Animation Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe, 7:30 p.m., Ch. Director: Magic moment: One-Eyed Willie's galleon, the Inferno, is revealed in the grotto... and it's filled with treasure. Buy, rent or watch ‘Jason and the Argonauts’. Sandra Bullock, Steve Buscemi, An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed. | 353,248 Steve Carell, Commander Legends is also packed with many exciting reprints of popular legendary creatures and new faces alike. 95 min Teri Garr, Votes: This Magic Moment: The first fight scene along the rooftops in the middle of the night, as the drums pound away on Tan Dun’s score. 246,295 Buy, rent or watch ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’. ‘Baron Munchausen’ became a byword for mega-budget disasters: the budget spiraled, the special effects collapsed and audiences stayed away in droves. Magic moment: Repressed suburban Mom Joan Allen tries her hand at a little sexual self-fulfilment, and a tree outside the window explodes into glorious colour. Jessica Biel, Directed by Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul (his Western friends call him Joe) it unfolds in a reverie as Uncle Boonmee, a dying farmer, is visited in his final days by friends and family – his nephew and sister, but also the ghost of his dead wife and a red-eyed monkey-man who says he’s Boonmee’s son. A budding producer searches for the country's best young magician. Dreamed up in a story by Steven Spielberg, the goonies are seven restless kids in a coastal town who, deserted by parents fighting a local real estate takeover bid, discover an old treasure map pointing to famed pirate One-Eyed Willie's galleon. Buym rent or watch ‘Hell Boy II: The Golden Army’. Set in a fantastical land populated by evolved cyclops, fauns, mages and all manner of mythical fauna who have switched from magic to mod cons, ‘Onward’ is a cometh-of-age tale that makes playful capital from our habit of turning the past into touristy kitsch. Drama, Family, Fantasy. Magic Moment: The tragic finale: ‘Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes. Elves: Unite the Magic ( 2015) Elves: Unite the Magic. Penn Jillette, 102 min Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day. | Its sense of magic and danger is heightened by the story sitting on a base of grief. Directed by Dan Scanlon. Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. Bill Nighy, Votes: | $0.00M, Not Rated Daniel Radcliffe, Marie McDonald, Aly Michalka, Ang Lee’s high-flying melodrama, a vivid reinvention of the wu-xia genre and one of only nine foreign-language movies to ever be nominated for Best Picture, is still an unimpeachably perfect combination of physical and emotional combat. | Peter Pan & Peter Pan Return to Neverland. 129 min 128 min | Director: The film’s character design is as remarkable as its faith in the imagination of children. Ray Sager, Stars: Movies are over in under 2 hours, where TV shows last you weeks! Magic moment: The first instalment, ‘Siegfried’, features a giant, drooling dragon – a fully functioning puppet that’s the grandfather of Jabba the Hutt. Martin Campbell | Scott Bakula, Magic moment: ‘My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!’ Enough said. This isn’t your traditional princess. Begun in Britain but completed in California following the outbreak of war, this spectacular adventure based on tales from ‘1001 Nights’ may have had a piecemeal production – and no less than six directors, including the mighty Michael Powell – but you wouldn’t guess it from the result. Jessica Biel, Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, However, as our list proves, not all fantasy movies are filled with wizards, dragons and epic battles. $24.88M, PG-13 A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder. You can’t talk about Christmas movies about elves without mentioning Elf! Director: ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is beloved of kids around the world, but it was ‘Princess Mononoke’ more than a decade later that truly brought the films of Hayao Miyazaki to the Western world. 78,610 Magic moment: Delighting at a menu of multiple fish options and a deep wine list, the party hears weeping: behind a curtain, the restaurant’s manager lies dead. Michael Gambon, Votes: Rupert Grint, In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome. Altogether now: ‘anal nathrach… orth’ bhais’s bethad… do che’l de’nmha.’. Timothy Spall, Here is a list of holiday-related special programming on local broadcast and select cable/satellite channels for 2020. DAN MURPHY Chief Operating Officer. Buy, rent or watch ‘Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives’. Buy, rent or watch ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. Zendaya, Votes: Sessue Hayakawa, Emma Watson, | Their genius is to treat the fantastical elements completely seriously – the costumes are ornate, the special effects never look goofy and the world of the film is totally convincing, allowing the humour to shine through. 93 min Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money. 7,811 ‘Fly my pretties!’. Packed with historical heroes, diminutive hustlers, post-Python humour, loopy cameos and bizarre fantastical asides – not to mention the bleakest, strangest ending imaginable – the film was an unlikely transatlantic smash hit. Frank Tashlin | | Buy, rent or watch ‘A Matter of Life and Death’. 147,702 | A beautiful example of fantasy redeemed by deep philosophical underpinnings, Harold Ramis’s comic masterpiece follows a sour, cynical weatherman (who else but Bill Murray?) | Gross: He considered this tale from Greek mythology to be his best film. Drama, Fantasy, Mystery. Magic moment: The still-iconic fight between muscle-men and a sword-wielding skeleton army. 105 min $46.68M, PG Stars: Magic moment: Whenever Seu Jorge’s plaintive, Bowie-obsessed ship’s minstrel strikes up, the film enters a whole new mystical realm. Recommended: 50 amazing comic book movies. | Gross: | 547,756 As Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, they uncover the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), 1. | Magic moment: The whole movie is a spell, but how can we not single out the bizarre coda of a boating scene? Chris Columbus Amen. | Sarah Hadland, Magic moment: When we see the shimmering stairs that rise up to the heavens. 63,696 | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). With his grand, globe-conquering adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s genre-defining trilogy, Peter Jackson dragged fantasy into the digital age, managing beyond all the odds to make it at least semi-cool in the process. 89 min Even though Waylan St. Palan left Madison some time ago, a holiday show at the High Noon Saloon with the Magic Elves has remained an annual tradition … Magic moment: When we learn how the skulking, super-smart rats gained their powers. 20,533 Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. … Comedy, Family, Fantasy. ‘You! Emma Watson, It’s still the highest-grossing movie in Japanese history. Set in a fantastical land populated by evolved cyclops, fauns, mages and all manner of mythical fauna who have switched from magic to mod cons, ‘Onward’ is a cometh-of-age tale that makes playful capital from our habit of turning the past into touristy kitsch. Magic moment: The beautiful moment Uncle Boonmee visits a cave filled with sparkling lights, and his life slips away. King Kong (1933) Film Animation. Ni Yan, PG-13 | 98 min Tung-Shing Yee Magic moment: It’s hardly RSPCA-approved, but the re-enactment of the Spanish conquest of South America using frogs and toads is one of the most remarkable scenes in cinema. Nicole Kidman, Xun Zhou, Some are combo decks, such as the Ad Nauseam build, while others are more straightforward, such as the Burn deck or the green Elves deck.. Modern Elves are known for their mana ramp abilities, combos and … Teller, Buy, rent or watch ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. Daniel Radcliffe, Elves back in the old days used magic to help across the world. Stars: Magic moment: From his castle hideaway, Edward creates a Christmas snowstorm. Adventure, Drama, Fantasy. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s second film on this list isn’t fantasy in the strictest sense. Woody Allen Kevin J. O'Connor, | As Peter Jackson proved a … | $0.02M, PG-13 | Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard. | Shall! Julianne Moore, | Gross: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), 22. A high point not only of the consistently excellent output of Japan’s Studio Ghibli but of animation as a whole, this magical adventure turns the wanderings of a lonely ten-year-old girl into an updated ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, complete with nods to ancient folklore and modern ecological anxieties. The best moments of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ are woozily eerie, like memories of a dream. Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo, Phil Laurenson, Votes: Jon M. Chu | | Gross: A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline. 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