Directed by Matthew Robbins. US. 1981. PG. 108 minutes. Paramount. 35mm.
“The story, for anyone who has never been a small child or seen ”Star Wars,” is about a bold young man who sets out to save a kingdom, aided by the invincible powers of his wise and somehow immortal mentor. Steadfast young Galen (Peter MacNicol) is a sorcerer’s apprentice to the wry old Ulrich (Ralph Richardson), who functions here much as Alec Guinness did in ”Star Wars.” When Ulrich . . .
Directed by Ridley Scott. US. 1985. PG. 94 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
“Sumptuous, grandly-scaled, and often ludicrous Jungian fairy tale from director Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Blade Runner”), a remarkable visual stylist with an exceptionally erratic track record. Against a Tolkienesque backdrop, Tim Curry camps it up as the Lord of Darkness – a horned, goat-footed bad guy who once ruled the earth, but was banished to the lower depths by Sunlight. The power of Sunlight, it seems, resides in the innocent . . .
Directed by Chia-Liang Liu. Hong Kong. 1994. R. 102 minutes. Miramax. 35mm.
“Filmed at the peak of Chan’s prime, 16 years after his breakout turn in Drunken Master, this transcendent pairing of classic Shaw Brothers director Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan resulted in what many claim to be the greatest martial arts film ever made. In this take on the legend of Wong Fei-hung, Chan shares the screen with the great Ti Lung and also Anita Mui, who almost . . .