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 audiences 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. These films put us in touch with legendary creatures and places and reveal what it is like to be in the driver’s seat for some of the most grand achievements in human history.
What could be more of an adventure than going to the moon? You’ve seen footage of the Apollo missions before, and particularly Apollo 11, which put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. The documentary APOLLO 11 shows the build-up and execution of their mission in an all-new way, thanks to recently discovered 65-mm footage.
Director Todd Douglas Miller (DINOSAUR 13) combed through a cache of footage and more than 11,000 hours of audio to assemble this fresh look at NASA’s most famous mission. We see all sides of the plan in action, from the astronaut experience to mission control and the thousands of astounded spectators on the ground. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this legendary event with a film that is big enough to capture the scale of the achievement. (March 1)
Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is charismatic and adventurous — trouble is, his wealthy peers don’t seem to realize that he’s the best investigator of myths and monsters in the world. Along with Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), he sets out to prove himself by finding the so-called “missing link” in the Pacific Northwest.
The duo finds Mr. Link, a smart, silly and very friendly beast who thinks he might be the last of his kind. Frost and Fortnight propose a quest: They’ll escort Link to the fabled valley of Shangri-La, where rumors say his last living relatives may reside. MISSING LINK comes from the stop-motion animation company Laika (CORALINE, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS). Founder Travis Knight calls it “something we’ve never tried before: a raucous comedy entwined with a swashbuckling epic, underscoring the universal need to find belonging.” (April 12)
Dora the Explorer
Nickelodeon’s fan-favorite animated TV series is adapted to live action by THE MUPPETS director James Bobin. Isabela Moner (INSTANT FAMILY) stars as Dora, who has spent much of her young life on jungle expeditions with her parents (played by Michael Peña and Eva Longoria), but now faces the nerve-rattling demands of … high school.
But when Dora’s parents go missing, Dora bands together with Boots, her best friend (who is also a monkey); her cousin, Diego; and an unlikely group of friends to sniff out a new adventure that puts her on the trail of buried secrets related to a lost Inca civilization. (August 2)
It’s a THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING reunion! Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, who appeared in the 2014 biopic as Jane and Stephen Hawking (a role for which Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar®), play pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher in this high-flying adventure. The story is set in 1862, when Wren and Glaisher attempt to fly higher in a hot-air balloon than anyone else on record.
As their chances of survival become slim, the research-oriented duo starts to discover surprising things about one another. To shoot the movie, Redmayne and Jones were actually launched thousands of feet in the air aboard their own balloon, where they performed scenes in the most realistic conditions possible. (November 1)
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