Looking for something to tide you over while you wait for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE? Give this adaptation of the popular novel by Cornelia Funke a try. It’s no HARRY POTTER, but a lighthearted fantasy about bringing fictional characters into the real world is fun enough in the meantime.
When Giselle is transported to New York City through a well, it takes more than her fairy tale experience to survive life in the present day city. Amy Adams is delightful as Giselle and the mix of animation and live action will keep you interested. If not, how about that singing?
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, STARDUST begins as one man’s fantastical journey to recover a fallen star and ends with—what else—a happy ending,. A clever plot and an all-star cast wrap this adventure up in a whimsy of spells, witches and more.
The original SHREK turned storybook conventions upside down, making a green ogre into a loveable character. Charming and witty (let’s hope to stays that way for the sequel in 2010), this is more of a sweet fairy tale than an all out duel of life and death between wizards.
Will you ever look at a lamp in the same way? Here, Aladdin found a golden lamp, rubbed it and discovered a wisecracking, wish-granting genie. Voiced by Robin Williams, he gave the street urchin Aladdin an adventure of a lifetime.
5. THE NEVERENDING STORY
THE NEVERENDING STORY taught us that if you didn't keep reading, magical worlds would no longer exist. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen (TROY, POSEIDON) the memorable characters and the unique special effects made this ‘80s tale inventive and captivating.
4. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
The series by C.S. Lewis was built on magic, but the one that left the biggest impression was the wardrobe that led the Pevensie siblings into the enchanting land of Narnia. And after starting on such a high note, we got PRINCE CASPIAN…
3. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
A beast, a curse and a rose are just some of the elements that make this love story a classic. With unforgettable music and animation that make you pine for the work of the ‘90s, it is the only animated movie ever to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. And with good reason.
2. THE WIZARD OF OZ
This epic adventure from 1939 remains one of the most beloved movies of all time. Referenced again and again, this flick made Dorothy’s trip back home a timeless one. “Follow the yellow brick road”, because this classic should be revisited often.
1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS SERIES
An intricate backstory with complex characters? Check. Wizards, monsters and elves? Check. Crazy action sequences involving magic? Make that three checks. Point for point, LOTR has what the HARRY POTTER movies have. Okay, so maybe Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t star in LOTR, but not every movie measures up perfectly, right?