Films Seen in Theaters

by 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

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Daryl Sabara, Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

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 »

Director: Simon J. Smith | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 4,147

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

66 Metascore

SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.

Directors: Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne | Stars: Tom Kenny, Jeffrey Tambor, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence

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

47 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Alberto Reyes

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

81 Metascore

A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

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

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Gabor Csupo | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick

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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey

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

71 Metascore

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Emily Watson, David Morrissey, Alex Etel, Bruce Allpress

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

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel

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

24 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Jason Lee

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

65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

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

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms

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

74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

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

70 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

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

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

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

74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

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

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean Anders | Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church

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

77 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

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

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

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

40 Metascore

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.

Director: Trish Sie | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp

Votes: 48,287 | Gross: $104.90M

Not as good as the first two, 2/3 in and it finally felt like one



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