Movies can take us so many places, and while we’ll never turn down a good comedy or drama, there’s something special about a film adventure. These stories transport us to the far ends of the Earth, backward and forward in time, and even far from the bounds of our planetary existence. Here are the best new and upcoming adventure movies.
What’s a Yeti doing in Shanghai? We don’t know, but that’s where young Yi (voiced by Chloe Bennet of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.“) finds a young Yeti. The girl and her friends aren’t at all freaked out by finding a mythical creature on the roof of her building; they dub him “Everest” and soon plot an epic journey to get the friendly, wayward fur ball back into the arms of his family. There are more than a few stumbling blocks along the way, not least of which is the rich Burnish (Eddie Izzard), who, with the aid of a zoologist (Sarah Paulson), wants nothing more than to capture a Yeti of his own. (Now Playing)
An Arctic fox named Swifty (Jeremy Renner) aims to become a Top Dog at Arctic Blast Delivery Service, where he works in the mail room. To prove himself worthy of title, Swifty secretly commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a package to a mysterious location, where he stumbles upon a secret fortress and its owner's sinister plans to take over the world. Now, Swifty has to enlist the help of his ragtag group of friends — PB, a concerned polar bear (Alec Baldwin); Lemmy, a scatterbrained albatross (James Franco); Bertha (Heidi Klum) and Leopold (Omar Sy), two conspiracy theorist otters; and Jade, a worldly fox (also Heidi Klum) — to save the planet. (November 1)
Soon, FROZEN fans will reunite with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and return to Arendelle — but not for long. In the highly anticipated sequel, Elsa is on a dangerous but remarkable journey to her past, which might lead to new understanding about her powers. All other plot details are being kept under wraps, but one thing is for sure: FROZEN II will be a magical adventure with all-new songs to sing long after you leave the theatre. (November 22)
Playmobil: The Movie
A beloved childhood toy set comes to life in PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE. When her younger brother, Charlie (Gabriel Bateman), unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL, Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a fantastic quest to bring him home. To do so, she teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends: secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe) — a seudo James Bond character — and food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan). They face unthinkable odds, but learn an important lesson along the way: You can achieve anything when you believe in yourself. (December 6)
Jumanji: The Next Level
The gang is back, but the game (and characters) has changed. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL will take Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black to unknown and unexplored new places, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, as they return to the world's most dangerous game to rescue one of their own. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover will join the cast as two senior citizens, and in an interesting twist, Johnson will embody DeVito's character while Hart will embody Glover's. Expect a lot of surprises from this sequel. (December 13)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The moment all STAR WARS fans have been simultaneously waiting for and dreading is almost here. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER concludes the 40-year Skywalker Saga and continues Rey's journey, though we're not sure where her story will go. As usual, Disney and Lucasfilm are not revealing any secrets, though rumors have been running rampant. We won't speculate here to avoid any potential spoilers, but we will encourage you to set a reminder to get tickets for opening weekend. (December 20)
Spies in Disguise
Lance Sterling (Will Smith) goes from super spy to super fly when he's transformed into a pigeon by his scientist counterpart, Walter Beckett (Tom Holland). Walter sees the technology as a bold new tactic, but Sterling is less than amused about trading in his tuxedo for feathers. When the need arises for a spy still in possession of opposable thumbs, Walter must step in, and the two must work together more closely than ever before. (December 25)
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