FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Written by
Walt Disney Pictures
The first feature film to use Kodak's Vision3 250D 5207 film stock. Kodak provided the production with 250,000 feet of the stock months before it was commercially available. See more »
When Dave is drawing King Kong on the bus window, in one scene his arm is up, when he looks back at Becky it is down but when the camera is on him again it is still in a raised position. See more »
The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history, and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two.
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There is a very brief (30 seconds or less) scene at the very end. SPOILER: The scene opens in the store Arcana Cabana, where we see the Mickey sorcerer hat under glass, then Horvath's hat, followed by a hand (Obviously Horvath, since we see his cane as well) picking it up and a roach left behind. See more »
Dark, witty and edgy. An enjoyable modern Disney film.
After a search of more than a thousand years, Sorcerer Balthazar Blank (Nicholas Cage) must recruit an apprentice to become the successor to the infamous Merlin. However, Horvath (Alfred Molina) has other plans, to resurrect Morgana (Alice Krige) to take over the world.
Frequent Disney film director Jon Turteltaub delivers a wonderful fantasy family film set in present day New York. The special effects and action set-ups are first rate, as to are the cast which includes the ever reliable and diverse Toby Kebbell of RocknRolla (2008) and Prince of Persia(2010) and Italian beauty Monica Bellucci to name a few. Cage is on surprisingly likable good form and looks particular comfortable in his role.
At first lead actor Jay Baruchel as Dave, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, is annoying, a mix of a bad impression of Chris Kattan's Corky Romano voice and gawkiness,who is reminiscent of a young Mike Myers. But as the film progresses he becomes as likable as the dancing mops, magic fights and sorcery stand off's.
It's has modern Disney stamped all over it, it's a little darker, with a witty and edgy screenplay by a number of competent writers. All in all its a great take on the elements of classic magical Disney films and other fantasy timeless tales.
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