Films Seen in Theatersby emailryang | created - 01 Dec 2014 | updated - 08 Aug 2018 | Public
Whenever there's a new premiere, I mostly had to wait for the DVD release or find it online. But I try to get a chance to watch on the BIG screens, and it always felt so magical! So here's a list of movies I managed to catch instantly.
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1. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker. It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.
Votes: 50,918 | Gross: $111.76M
Very first time I got to go to the theater, then this came into 3-D which only made it much more awesome during the fight scenes!
2. Shrek 4-D (2003 Video)
TV-PG | 13 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey are on their way to the hotel where Shrek and Fiona will spend their honeymoon when they encounter Lord Farquaad's ghost. Farquaad sends his henchman, Thelonious, ... See full summary »
First trip to Universal Studios and I was shocked when it said 4-D it meant it! The sneezing, crashing, fire, spiders, and pixies almost made me jump from the chair!
3. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.
Votes: 72,931 | Gross: $85.42M
Some parts I laughed some parts were weird, decent, but I always wondered how I learned of this in the first place...
4. The Legend of Zorro (2005)
PG | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.
Votes: 87,810 | Gross: $46.46M
I don't remember much about this film, then again, it wasn't my type of movie at the time. Still enjoyable.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.
Votes: 501,386 | Gross: $290.01M
The only Harry Potter film I actually got to see when released. Some of the scenes still terrified me to this day.
6. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
PG | 96 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.
Votes: 134,301 | Gross: $82.27M
6th grade field trip to Downtown LA for the premiere, what luck! One of the highlights of the decade and final year of elementary! Stick to the story without much change to the plot.
7. Enchanted (2007)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.
Votes: 167,933 | Gross: $127.81M
So many familiar fairy tales grouped into one, and boy was it funny to see everything gone wrong throughout the misadventures. Never saw the ending though.
8. The Water Horse (2007)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.
Votes: 36,199 | Gross: $40.41M
I was always interested in mythological and supernatural creatures, so I picked this. Quite frankly, I kept thinking it was suppose to be the Loch Ness Monster.
9. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
G | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
Votes: 54,034 | Gross: $90.56M
Sister's choice, when she was into the hype, I only tagged along for the excitement, but it was okay.
10. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
G | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Votes: 29,010 | Gross: $133.11M
Sister's birthday and her choice at the time when she was going chipmunk crazy!
11. Monsters University (2013)
G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Votes: 299,685 | Gross: $268.49M
After hearing of a sequel to the first, just had to watch and it was better than what I expected in it.
12. We're the Millers (2013)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.
Votes: 379,116 | Gross: $150.39M
My aunt got free ticket passes for one day, so me and my siblings split up to see different shows but I rushed to this choice. One of the funniest crude humor I've seen in a while.
13. Frozen (I) (2013)
PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Votes: 528,217 | Gross: $400.74M
Interesting but I think it's overrated that everyone's calling this Disney's best film made.
14. Lone Survivor (2013)
R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
Votes: 251,375 | Gross: $125.10M
Taking into the lives of soldiers fighting in the Middle East during the War on Terror. Some parts should not have been wasted to put into this film, others were bloody, which I'm getting use to now. One of the best historical films.
15. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Votes: 687,152 | Gross: $259.77M
Went out with friends, only wish it wasn't on the day after the premiere. Damn was it crowded and I had my doubts about superhero movies. However it turns out to be one of the best of the cinemas for the summer!
16. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,346,822 | Gross: $188.02M
Interesting, but a little too long for me. Some scenes could've been shortened or cut for the sake of time. A little similar to Contact too.
17. Big Hero 6 (2014)
PG | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Votes: 381,650 | Gross: $222.53M
There's a reason why this one was really well-liked by everyone, and it's much better than Frozen!
18. Daddy's Home (2015)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Family
Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when their biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.
Votes: 100,081 | Gross: $150.36M
I laughed my head off a lot during this!
19. Finding Dory (2016)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Votes: 220,223 | Gross: $486.30M
Story is like the first movie, but much faster paced than the first. There's a slight change of style and plot twists also.
20. La La Land (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
Votes: 453,128 | Gross: $151.10M
It was okay, a bit too long for me though.
21. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Music
Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.
Votes: 48,287 | Gross: $104.90M
Not as good as the first two, 2/3 in and it finally felt like one