There’s more shtick than you can shake a stick at in this goofy sequel to the 1995 comedy A Kid in King Arthur’s Court. Thomas Ian Nicholas returns as Calvin, a deceptively commonplace ’90s teen whose pizza-delivery job gets him mixed up in an ancient quest to help Ali Baba save Aladdin–and all of Arabia–from the evil schemes of Aladdin’s brother, Luxor. Just as Calvin relied on rollerblades and CD players to help him in the previous movie, his stash of contemporary gizmos gets him out of more than one jam when Luxor’s henchmen come looking for him. There’s a fair amount of F/X magic here–including the traditional opening of Ali Baba’s hideaway at the command "open sesame"–but silliness is the real engine of this movie. (Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves? Try Ali and his Three Lamebrained Brothers.) Comic actor Taylor Negron is very funny as Aladdin’s smart-aleck genie, stuck inside a lamp for a thousand years but hip enough to describe Luxor as "gone postal." –Tom Keogh
In the enchanting kingdom of Summerland, a handsome and newly crowned King Valemon refuses to marry the evil witch. His refusal toalign himself with the dark forces causes the witch to cast an evil spell that transforms Valemon into an enormous polar bear. Whileescaping north to the icy kingdom ofWinterland, Valemon falls in love with a beautiful, young princess who sees beyond his frightening appearance to the kindness within. It is up to the princess to prevent the witch s wicked scheme, rescue Valemon and break the spell of The Polar Bear King.
A powerfully poetic and lyrical tale on the calm resilience of children and sibling ties. When their mother leaves in order to find their estranged father, seven-year-old Jin and her younger sister, Bin, are left to live with their Big Aunt for the summer. With only a small piggy bank and their motheras promise to return when it is full, the two young girls are forced to acclimate to changes in their family life. Counting the days, and the coins, the two bright-eyed young girls eagerly anticipate their motheras homecoming. But when the bank fills up, and with their mother still not back, Big Aunt decides that she can no longer tend to the children. Taken to live on their grandparentsa farm, it is here that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds and self-reliance in this beautiful, meditative, and thought-provoking second feature from So Yong Kim, the acclaimed director of IN BETWEEN DAYS.
The Cortez siblings set out for a mysterious island, where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival spy kids.