Movie Recommendations: Fantasy

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

The third film in the Evil Dead series, this one finds our hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) travelling back in time to help a medieval village fight against an army of the dead. Directed by Sam Raimi, and co-starring Embeth Davidtz.

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This movie is recommended by Bonster, Nicole, Meaghan, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Big Fish

Big Fish

"Big Fish", based on the novel of the same title, follows the life story of Edward Bloom as told through his own eyes. As the older Edward lies dying of cancer, his son William desperately attempts to connect with him and discover the truth behind his tall-tales.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Anna, Holly, Meaghan, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie Bucket is a young boy who comes from a poor but loving family and would love nothing more than to find a golden ticket to enter the amazing chocolate factory run by inventor and owner Willy Wonka. As luck would have it, Charlie finds the last golden ticket and goes on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with his grandpa Joe. Among the other four winners are Veruca Salt, a spoiled rich girl; Augustus Gloop, a gluttonous kid who stuffs his face with sweets; Violet Beuragarde, a champion trophy gum chewer; and Mike Teavee, a kid who spends more time watching TV and playing video games than anything else. Most fascinating is the mysterious Willy Wonka who in turn had a troubled childhood and has a special grand prize at the end for one of the kids. Also along the tour are Wonka's staff the singing, working Oommpa Loompas. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Deep Roy, and Helena Bonham Carter.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Julie, Holly, Bonster, Nicole, Brandon, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Good
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Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe

Disney's adaptation of the classic book by C.S. Lewis, it follows the Pevensies (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) as they are sent to a house in the country to wait out the bombings that are occurring in London during World War II. When young Lucy discovers an upstairs wardrobe, the Pevensies find themselves swept up into an epic adventure, full of magic, battles, heartbreaks, and joys.

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This movie is recommended by Bonster, Meaghan, Nicole, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Two aristocratic families pair off their less-than-satisfied children, believing they will all be escalated into high society. Yet when clumsy Victor Van Dort rehearses his vows in the woods, he accidentally marries the Corpse Bride, throwing a great wrench in everyone's plans.

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This movie is recommended by Kathi.
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Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The

Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The

Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button details the unusual life of the title character. Played by Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button begins his life as an old man and finds himself aging backwards. His curious life brings with it curious problems. Directed by David Fincher and co-starring Cate Blanchett.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan and Chelsea.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Day Watch

Day Watch

Sequel to Night Watch, Day Watch picks up where the other film left off. Anton has a new protege, Svetlana, who is herself a great light power. There are plots aplenty by leader of the dark forces, Zavulon, which involve Anton's son, Yegor, Anton's neighbors, and Anton himself. And throughout, there is the ongoing mystery of the Chalk of Fate.

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This movie is recommended by Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Enchanted

Enchanted

On her wedding day, Giselle, a soon-to-be princess, finds herself transported to New York City in the real world. She must learn to live life in this world until Prince Edward comes to save her. Starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden and released in 2007.

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This movie is recommended by Holly, Morgan, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Gift, The

Gift, The

Annie is a psychic who uses her gift to make money so she can care for her three sons after her husband dies. She sees the dead body of a missing girl, Jessica King, and must help the police find the person responsible for her death.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Julie, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The last Indiana Jones film reunites Indy with his father, Henry Jones Sr. when he is kidnapped by Nazis. They want his diary, which contains a map that will lead them to the Holy Grail. Indy and his father embark on a journey to stop the Nazis, while joined by Sallah and Marcus Brody.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Julie, Bonster, Meaghan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino tackles World War II with Inglourious Basterds. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his men, known as the Basterds, are dropped into France in civilian clothing on a mission to kill Nazis. The premiere of a Reich produced film offers an opportunity to end the war. Not only are the Basterds on the mission but also a German actress working as a double agent (Diane Kruger) and a French Jew (Melanie Laurent) who witnessed the murder of her family. Right on their trail is Nazi Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz).

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This movie is recommended by Morgan and Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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King Kong (2005)

King Kong (2005)

Filmmaker Carl Denham is taking his crew, which includes writer Jack Driscoll and actress Ann Darrow, to the mysterious Skull Island in order to shoot their movie. Once there they encounter frightening natives, dinosaurs, giant bugs and a large ape.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Holly, Meaghan, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Lady in the Water

Lady in the Water

When a man discovers a sea nymph living in the pool at the apartment complex he manages, he decides to help her finish the quest that her people have sent her into the human world to pursue. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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This movie is recommended by Meaghan, Bonster, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Lord of the Rings, The

Lord of the Rings, The

It's a movie about a ring!

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This movie is recommended by Holly, Morgan, Nicole, Anna, Bonster, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Night Watch

Night Watch

Among normal humans live the "Others", those possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and dark, who abide by a truce. The forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others roam while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to limit the damage they do.

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This movie is recommended by Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Nightmare Before Christmas, The

Nightmare Before Christmas, The

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him kidnap Santa and put on a more frightening Christmas.

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This movie is recommended by Bonster, Julie, Chelsea, Holly, Kathi, and Brandon.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and the crew of the Black Pearl are joined by the resurrected Captain Hector Barbossa. They travel to the ends of the eart and beyond in order to save Jack Sparrow and keep Lord Cutler Beckett from destroying the era of the pirates.

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This movie is recommended by Holly, Bonster, and Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

After Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are arrested, Will has to find Jack in order to save he and Elizabeth from the hangman's noose. Elizabeth soon follows after them and they embark on a journey to find the dead man's chest with Davy Jones following them.

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This movie is recommended by Anna, Holly, Morgan, Bonster, Nicole, Chelsea, Brandon, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped by Captain Barbossa as he and his crew try and lift a curse that fell upon them. Will Turner enlists the help of Captain Jack Sparrow to get Elizabeth back as Jack tries to get his ship back, the Black Pearl, which Barbossa took from him. Based on the Disneyland ride and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and COTWWSB mentor Orlando Bloom.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Holly, Anna, Nicole, Bonster, Meaghan, Chelsea, Brandon, Hoppy, and Julie.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archaeologist Indiana Jones goes on an adventure to Africa at the request of the U.S. government. He's supposed to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis get to it. He's joined by old flame Marion Ravenwood.

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This movie is recommended by Chelsea, Morgan, Julie, Holly, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Secret of NIMH, The

Secret of NIMH, The

Based on the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, The Secret of NIMH follows Mrs. Brisby as she tries to care for her ailing son and get her family's home safely away from the farmer's plow. With help from Mr. Ages, Jeremy the crow, and advice from The Great Owl, she enters the rosebush, which is the rats' domain. They have secrets, knowledge, and technology that can help her... or, if some have their way, hinder her.

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This movie is recommended by Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Serenity

Serenity

Based on Joss Whedon's short lived series Firefly, Serenity follows the crew aboard the Firefly class ship as they protect one of their own from the Alliance.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Julie, Holly, Nicole, Anna, Bonster, Hoppy, Kathi, and Brandon.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Sin City

Sin City

An adaptation of Frank Miller's stories based in the fictional town of Sin City. Released in 2005, and stars Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro.

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This movie is recommended by Holly, Morgan, Julie, Meaghan, Bonster, Brandon, Kathi, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

An entirely CGI movie except for the actors, Sky Captain and his ex, Polly Perkins, must travel the world and stop an evil scientist.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Spaceballs

Spaceballs

In Mel Brooks' Star Wars spoof, Lone Star and his Mog (half man, half dog) sidekick Barf are hired by King Roland to protect his daughter Princess Vespa after she runs out on her own wedding. President Scroob and Dark Helmet are trying to steal all of the air on the Princess' home planet of Druidia and only Lone Star can stop them using the power of the Schwartz.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Hoppy, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The first in the trilogy of prequels set before the events of the original Star Wars series. In this film, we meet a younger Obi-wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn as they are assigned to protect the young Queen of Naboo, (Padme) Amidala. They end up stranded on Tatooine where they meet an exceptional young boy named Anakin Skywalker, who Qui-Gon feels is the "chosen one" that was prophesized about.

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This movie is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, Bonster, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Good
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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Set ten years after The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker is now a teenage padawan under the tutelage of Obi-wan Kenobi. They are, once again, assigned to protect Padme who is no longer Queen, but a Senator. Padme and Anakin travel to Naboo to hide out, and begin to fall in love, while Obi-wan must investigate the commissioning of a clone army by a Jedi who is no longer alive.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Bonster, Hoppy, Holly, Kathi, and Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

In the final installment, Anakin is torn between his duties as a Jedi and his love for his wife Padme and their unborn children. The manipulations of Palpatine become obvious, and as expected, he turns to the Dark Side, engaging in a fierce battle with his once friend and mentor, Obi-wan Kenobi.

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This movie is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, Bonster, Hoppy, Holly, Brandon, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

The movie that started it all! Farmboy Luke Skywalker yearns for more than his simple life, and gets far more than he ever bargained for when he gets involved in an intergalactic war. Along the way he hooks up with an aging Jedi Master, a smuggler and a Wookiee in an effort to rescue a brave and beautiful princess.

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This movie is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, Bonster, Hoppy, Holly, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

In the second installment of this series, Luke travels to Dagobah to continue his Jedi training with the greatest Jedi of all, the diminuitive Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Leia, Han and the others end up in Cloud City where they meet up with Lando Calrissian who may not be quite the friend that Han thinks he is.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Chelsea, Bonster, Hoppy, Holly, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

In the third installment, the rebels land on Endor where they meet up with a friendly but tough group of natives named the Ewoks. Luke must finally face down both Vader and Emperor Palpatine in this conclusion to the original series.

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This movie is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, Bonster, Hoppy, Holly, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Stardust

Stardust

Young Dunstan Thorn crosses the wall and nine months later a baby boy is delivered to him. His son Tristran grows up and falls in love with the beautiful Victoria. He promises her he will cross the wall and find a star they saw fall to prove his love for her. He manages to cross and finds himself on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Superman Returns

Superman Returns

After trying to find out what happened on his home planet on Krypton, Superman has returned to Earth five years later. Though he is the same, the world around him as changed. Lois Lane has a five year old son and Lex Luthor has been let out of prison and is up to no good.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Anna, Hoppy, Nicole, Bonster, Holly, and Brandon.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Transformers

Transformers

The Autobots and Decepticons have brought their war the Earth. The Autobots seek to protect mankind and the Decepticons to destroy it. Both are looking for young Sam Witwicky in their efforts to locate and control the Allspark.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan, Bonster, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Tree of Life, The

Tree of Life, The

Terrence Malick's sweeping film stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as a couple in the 1950's trying to raise their three sons. The film takes the viewer through a non-linear journey about life, love, and death.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Twilight

Twilight

Twilight is based on Meyer's novel of the same name. Bella Swan moves to the town of Forks and falls in love with Edward Cullen. However, Edward turns out to be a vampire and Bella is put in danger. A lot.

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This movie is recommended by Holly, Chelsea, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Up

Up

Carl Fredricksen has lived his life in one house with his wife Ellie, until her passing. Now living alone, he faces the prospect of living life in a retirement facility. Carl decides to take matters into his own hands and live out the adventures he and Ellie always planned on, taking a little boy named Russell along with him.

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This movie is recommended by Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

When Charlie Bucket, a young boy froma poor family, finds the last Golden Ticket, winning him a trip to the Wonka Chocolate Factory, it is everything he ever dreamed of and more. Released in 1971 and starring Gene Wilder.

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This movie is recommended by Holly, Julie, Morgan, Anna, Bonster, Brandon, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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X-Files Movie, The

X-Files Movie, The

Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth. Released in 1998, this feature film is set between seasons 5 and 6 of the television show.

Recommendations

This movie is recommended by Holly, Nicole, Meaghan, Bonster, Kathi, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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