LAST ACTION HERO
1993, Sony Repertory, 130 min, USA, Dir: John McTiernan

In this wonderfully fun action romp from director John McTiernan (DIE HARD), young Danny (Austin O’Brien) receives a magic ticket to see the latest film starring his favorite action star Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), which literally transports him into the movie’s explosive world alongside the larger-and-more-ripped-than-life screen icon. But Slater’s universe where good guys always win is turned upside down when his movie opponent, Benedict the Hitman (Charles Dance), steals Danny’s magic ticket and sneaks his way off the screen and into the real world to cause mayhem.


HOOK
1991, Sony Repertory, 144 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

Robin Williams stars as grown-up Peter Pan, now a businessman glued to his cellphone and woefully lacking a sense of magic or imagination, who is forced to face his Neverland past when his children are abducted by Captain Hook (a nefarious Dustin Hoffman). Steven Spielberg’s popcorn sequel of sorts to the J.M. Barrie classic is a rip-roaring good time, heightened by immersive set design and a colorful cast of prestige supporting players, including Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as Smee and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy.


TIME BANDITS
1981, Janus Films, 110 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

When 11-year old history buff Kevin discovers a time-and-space portal in his bedroom wall, a band of dwarves takes him on a series of rousing, funny and scary quests, where they meet Robin Hood, Napoleon and Agamemnon and search for "The Most Fabulous Object in the World." As the Chicago Reader's Dave Kehr pointed out at the time of its release, "All the hidden themes of the Disney films…are made brutally, and often hilariously, explicit. The film is resolutely, passionately anti-adult, yet much of the humor has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids' movie that doesn't condescend."


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