★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Adventure. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Ranald MacDougall, Ben Maddow, Philip Yordan (screenplay) and Carl Stephenson (“Leiningen Versus The Ants”). Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Edited by Everett Douglas. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Starring Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad, Romo Vincent, Douglas Fowley, John Dierkes, Leonard Strong.
The story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation. It is noteworthy for its use of special effects, especially the time-lapse photography, which was a hallmark of George Pal, and is often said to have been overlooked that year in the Oscar for Special Effects. However, the film is largely an unconventional romance, while the special effects, though impressive, are confined to the final scenes of the film.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h1m. Adventures / Drama / Romance. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Jules Furthman (screenplay) and Howard Hawks (story). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Viola Lawrence. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin. Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Killian, John Carroll, Don Barry.
Geoff Carter is the head pilot and manager of Barranca Airways, a small, barely solvent company owned by “Dutchy” Van Ruyter, carrying airmail from the fictional South American port town of Barranca through a high pass in the Andes Mountains. The situation is complicated by the arrival of pilot Bat MacPherson and his wife (and Geoff’s old flame) Judy.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h32m. Horror / Adventure. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati. Cinematography by J. Barry Herron, Ted Moore. Edited by John Bloom, Marion Rothman, Ralph E. Winters. Music by Ennio Morricone. Starring Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine.
Follows a male orca whale tracking down and getting revenge on a boat captain for killing the whale’s pregnant mate and their unborn calf. Upon release, the film was a minor box office success, but received mostly unfavorable reception from critics and audiences alike due to its similarities to the film Jaws, released two years prior.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h46m. Adventure. Directed by Marc Forster. Written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (screenplay) and Ian Fleming (story). Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer. Edited by Matt Chesse, Richard Pearson. Music by David Arnold. Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Anatole Taubman, David Harbour, Joaquin Cosio, Fernando Guillén Cuervo.
Bond seeks revenge for the death of his lover, and is assisted by Camille Montes, who is plotting revenge for the murder of her own family. The trail eventually leads them to wealthy businessman Dominic Greene, a member of the Quantum organisation, which intends to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia to seize control of their water supply.
★★★★☆ Canada / France. 1h40m. Adventure / Historical. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Gérard Brach (screenplay) and J.-H. Rosny (“The Quest For Fire”). Cinematography by Claude Agostini. Edited by Yves Langlois. Music by Philippe Sarde. Starring Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong, Gary Schwartz, Naseer El-Kadi, Franck-Olivier Bonnet, Jean-Michel Kindt, Kurt Schiegl, Brian Gill.
Set in Paleolithic Europe (80,000 years ago), with its plot surrounding the struggle for control of fire by early humans. Quest For Fire was critically acclaimed. It won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Makeup.
★★★★★ USA. 2h1m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Edited by Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker.
Star Wars focuses on the journey of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), who along with Han Solo (Ford) and the wizened Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Guinness), attempt to free Princess Leia (Fisher) from the clutches of the Galactic Empire and the Sith lord Darth Vader (Prowse, voiced by Jones). The heroes, in league with the Rebel Alliance, attempt to destroy the Empire’s planet-destroying space station, the Death Star.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas, Jonathan Hales. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Set ten years after the events in The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war, with thousands of planetary systems threatening to secede from the Galactic Republic. After Senator Padmé Amidala evades an assassination attempt, Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker becomes her protector, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates the attempt on her life. Soon, the trio witness the onset of a new threat to the galaxy: the Clone Wars.
★★★★★ USA. 2h12m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Richard Marquand. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (screenplay) and George Lucas (story). Cinematography by Alan Hume. Edited by Sean Barton, Marcia Lucas, Duwayne Dunham. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
In the film, the Galactic Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor, is constructing a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all. Since the Emperor plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill the Emperor, effectively bringing an end to his hold over the galaxy. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight, struggles to bring his father Darth Vader back to the light side of the Force.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h20m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Roger Barton, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Revenge of the Sith is set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, established in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). The Jedi are spread across the galaxy, leading a large-scale war against the Separatists. After Count Dooku is killed, the Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to eliminate General Grievous, the leader of the Separatist army, and put an end to the war. Meanwhile, after having premonitions of his wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth, Anakin Skywalker is tasked by the Council to spy on Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, secretly, a Sith lord known as Darth Sidious. Palpatine manipulates Anakin into turning to the dark side of the Force and becoming his apprentice, Darth Vader, with wide-ranging consequences for the galaxy.
★★★★★ USA. 2h4m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Written by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Set three years after the events of the first film, the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Darth Vader and the Emperor, pursues Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues Luke’s friends — Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO—Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Oscar Issac, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill.
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens follows Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Han Solo’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight in the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa and veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h32m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Rian Johnson. Written by Rian Johnson. Cinematography by Steve Yedlin. Edited by Bob Ducsay. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Frank Oz, Lupita Nyong’o.
The Last Jedi follows Rey as she seeks the aid of Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order, while General Leia Organa, Finn, and Poe Dameron attempt to escape a First Order attack on the dwindling Resistance fleet.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h13m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Paul Martin Smith, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz.
The first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and begins the “Skywalker saga,” though it was the fourth film to be produced chronologically. The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before the original film and follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J. J. Abrams. Written by Chris Terrio, J. J. Abrams (screenplay) and Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Stefan Grube. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams.
The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance’s final stand against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor, Palpatine.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h. Adventure. Directed by George Englund. Written by Stewart Stern (screenplay) and Eugene Burdick, William Lederer (“The Ugly American”). Cinematography by Clifford Stine. Edited by Ted J. Kent. Music by Frank Skinner. Starring Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church, Pat Hingle, Arthur Hill, Jocelyn Brando, Kukrit Pramoj, Judson Pratt.
American ambassador Harrison MacWhite (Marlon Brando) travels to a Southeast Asian country beleaguered by rival factions, but MacWhite views the political situation only in the simplest terms: as a struggle between communism and democracy. By the time that the ambassador finally sees the resultant political upheaval as something far more complicated, it may be too late.
★★★☆☆ France. 2h17m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Luc Besson. Written by Luc Besson (screenplay) and Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières (“Valérian And Laureline”). Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast. Edited by Julien Rey. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer.
A 2017 English-language French 3D space opera film written and directed by Luc Besson, and co-produced by Besson and his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. It is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline.
★★★☆☆ Denmark. 1h32m. Adventure. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Roy Jacobsen. Cinematography by Morten Søborg. Edited by Mat Newman. Music by Peter Peter, Peter Kyed. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson, Ewan Stewart, Gary Lewis, Alexander Morton, Jamie Sives, Stewart Porter, Gordon Brown, Gary McCormack, Charlie Allan.
Valhalla Rising takes place around the year 1096 AD and follows a Norse warrior named One-Eye and a boy as they travel with a band of Christian Crusaders by ship in the hopes of finding the Holy Land. Instead, they find themselves in an unknown land where they are assailed by unseen forces and dark visions.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h16m. Animation / Adventure / Comedy. Directed by Gary Chapman. Written by Jordan Katz, George Webster, George Melrod (screenplay) and George Webster (story). Cinematography by John Fenner. Edited by Jim Stewart, Tiffany Hillkurtz. Music by George Fenton. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, John Hurt, Pip Torrens, Rik Mayall, Olivia Williams, Jonathan Ross.
Set in May of the year 1944, Valiant tells the story of a group of war pigeons during World War II. The film is based on a story by George Webster, and inspired by true stories of hundreds of pigeons that helped the soldiers in the war.
★★★☆☆ USA / UK. 2h6m. Adventure. Directed by James Mangold. Written by Mark Bomback, Scott Frank. Cinematography by Ross Emery. Edited by Michael McCusker. Music by Marco Beltrami. Starring Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yung Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova.
The sixth installment in the X-Men film series, the second installment in the trilogy of Wolverine films after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and a direct sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h13m. Adventure. Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, David Hayter (screenplay) and Zak Penn, David Hayter, Bryan Singer (story). Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel. Edited by John Ottman, Elliot Graham. Music by John Ottman. Starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison.
The sequel to X-Men (2000), as well as the second installment in the X-Men film series. Inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, it concerns the genocidal Colonel William Stryker leading an assault on Professor Xavier’s school to build his own version of Xavier’s mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth and to “save” the human race from them, forcing the X-Men to team up with the Brotherhood of Mutants, their former enemies, to stop Stryker and save the mutant race.