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The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Ant…on, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competition may be a liar. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
the devil memory magic dance drunkenness surrealism 
Locations:
sex on boat motel police car london england desert bar 
Characters:
sex with teenager russian mafia little girl actor dancer police officer father daughter relationship 
Story:
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The Prestige (2006)
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The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival ma…gicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:
magic drunkenness 
Locations:
london england bar 
Characters:
little girl actor police officer father daughter relationship 
Story:
stage magician stage show sleight of hand hanged man drunkard performer horse and carriage magician rope stage costume old man flashback 

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Now You See Me (2013)
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Now You See Me (2013)

Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Dray of …Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
desert bar 
Story:
stage magician stage show sleight of hand fairground tarot card con artist magician newspaper headline stage bridge mirror chase explosion flashback 

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Toget…her, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
little girl police officer father daughter relationship 
Story:
imaginary world fantasy world imagination rope bridge birthday 

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancee Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they …learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
police car 
Story:
siren the alarm turban trance levitation magician reporter rescue chase explosion 

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Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
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Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magi…c traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. (Read More)

Themes:
magic dance 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
little girl dancer 
Story:
turban performer cliff con artist magician rope old man mirror explosion 

The Science Of Sleep (2006)
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The Science Of Sleep (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of rose…s for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:
memory magic drunkenness surrealism 
Locations:
police car bar 
Characters:
dancer 
Story:
dream world imagination magician bridge old man mirror dream flashback 

Scream 3 (2000)
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Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
police car bar 
Characters:
actor police officer father daughter relationship 
Story:
presumed dead red dress costume ambulance reporter birthday mask rescue chase 

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Bulletproof Monk (2003) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

For 60 years a mysterious monk with no name has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the Monk must look for a new scrollkeeper. Kar is an unlikely candidate, a streetwise young man whose only interest is himself. But when he inadverte…ntly saves the Bulletproof Monk from capture, the two become partners in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. Packed with spectacular special effects and martial arts action, the Monk, Kar, and a sexy Russian mob princess called Bad Girl must struggle to find, face, and fight the ultimate enemy. (Read More)

Locations:
police car 
Characters:
russian mafia police officer 
Story:
siren the alarm immortality monk mob newspaper headline chase explosion 

Doctor Strange (2016)
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Doctor Strange (2016)

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as a…n intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Read More)

Themes:
magic surrealism 
Locations:
police car london england desert 
Story:
parallel world levitation immortality magician ambulance rescue mirror chase explosion character name in title flashback 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requir…ing genuine courage. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
magic drunkenness surrealism 
Characters:
actor dancer father daughter relationship 
Story:
fantasy world horse and carriage con artist rope old man rescue mirror explosion character name in title flashback 

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Hugo (2011)
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Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mecha…nical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:
memory magic drunkenness 
Characters:
little girl actor dancer police officer 
Story:
sideshow ladder magician stage old man rescue dream chase explosion character name in title flashback 

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his f…riend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
memory magic 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
rope around neck hanged by the neck fantasy world levitation presumed dead bridge rescue chase explosion flashback 

Self/less (2015)
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Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:
surrealism 
Locations:
motel bar 
Characters:
little girl father daughter relationship 
Story:
trippy immortality presumed dead newspaper headline bridge ambulance rescue chase explosion flashback 

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Now You See Me 2 (2016)
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Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry…, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
police car london england bar 
Story:
tarot card presumed dead magician bridge bra reporter rescue explosion flashback 

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)
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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)

The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable advent…ures. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
memory dance surrealism 
Characters:
actor dancer father daughter relationship 
Story:
trippy turban imagination dwarf rope explosion character name in title 

Swiss Army Man (2016) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:
memory drunkenness surrealism 
Characters:
little girl 
Story:
noose levitation bridge ambulance birthday chase explosion flashback 

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Highlander (1986)
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Highlander (1986)

In New York, the owner of a sophisticated antique shop Russell Edwin Nash is challenged to a sword fight in the parking lot of the Madison Square Garden by a man called Iman Fasil that is beheaded by Russell. He hides his sword and is arrested by the police while leaving the stadium. Russell recalls… his life in the Sixteenth Century in Scotland, when he is Connor MacLeod and is deadly wounded in a battle against another Clan. However he surprisingly survives and his Clan believes he has a pact with the devil and expels him from their lands. Then he meets Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez that explains that he is immortal unless he is beheaded. Further, the immortals dispute a game killing each other and in the end only one survives receiving a price with the power of the other immortals. Russell is released by the police, but the snoopy forensic agent Brenda J. Wyatt is attracted by the case since she founds fragments of an ancient Katana and follows Russell. But the also immortal Kurgan is hunting down MacLeod and Brenda is in the middle of their battle. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
memory magic 
Locations:
police car bar 
Characters:
little girl police officer 
Story:
siren the alarm mortality immortality newspaper headline bridge reporter mask flashback 

The Illusionist (2010)
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The Illusionist (2010)

Details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever.

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
london england 
Story:
stage magician magician rope stage bra 

Solomon Kane (2009)
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Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi …kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her. (Read More)

Themes:
magic drunkenness 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
deal with the devil cliff presumed dead monk mask rescue mirror chase explosion character name in title flashback 

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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends …up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
surrealism 
Locations:
motel bar 
Characters:
police officer 
Story:
parallel world fantasy world title appears in writing imagination bridge ambulance chase flashback 

Scoop (2006)
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Scoop (2006)

In the funeral of the famous British journalist Joe Strombel, his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking for a scoop. Meanwhile the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London. He cheats the Reaper and appears to the American student of jou…rnalism Sondra Pransky, who is on the stage in the middle of a magic show of the magician Sidney Waterman in London, and tells her that the murderer is the aristocrat Peter Lyman. Sondra drags Sid in her investigation, seeking for evidences that Peter is the killer. However, she falls in love with him and questions if Joe Strombel is right in his scoop. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
london england 
Story:
tarot card magician stage reporter 

The Skeleton Key (2005)
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The Skeleton Key (2005)

A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners.

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
little girl police officer 
Story:
noose rope stage old man mirror dream flashback 

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series …of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Characters:
little girl father daughter relationship 
Story:
interrupted hanging noose performer dwarf mob rope stage old man rescue explosion 

Angel Heart (1987) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Angel Heart (1987)

Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really really nasty.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
memory magic 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
deal with the devil performer stage bridge old man bra mirror dream character name in title flashback 

The Pink Panther (2006)
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The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to …give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
police car 
Characters:
police officer 
Story:
performer newspaper headline costume bridge ambulance reporter mask chase flashback 

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Labyrinth (1986)
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Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she lear…ns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
magic surrealism 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
fantasy world ladder rope costume mask rescue mirror dream 

Dracula 2000 (2000)
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Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from Lon…don to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
surrealism 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
levitation immortality rope old man rescue mirror dream chase explosion character name in title flashback 

The Conjuring (2013) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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The Conjuring (2013)

In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What… the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved. (Read More)

Locations:
motel 
Characters:
little girl police officer father daughter relationship 
Story:
laundry drying on clothes line hanged by the neck noose levitation video camera flashback 

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Hook (1991)
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Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Pet…er Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

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magic 
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london england 
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throat fantasy world costume rescue character name in title 

Stay (2005)
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Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal.

Themes:
memory surrealism 
Characters:
actor dancer 
Story:
deadline imagination bridge ambulance birthday dream flashback 

Splash (1984)
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Splash (1984)

Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn't sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunk…en ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
police car bar 
Characters:
little girl police officer 
Story:
siren the alarm newspaper headline bra reporter rescue chase flashback 

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Scream 2 (1997) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list …of suspects goes down. (Read More)

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Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
police car 
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police officer 
Story:
presumed dead stage costume video camera ambulance reporter mask rescue chase 

Fantasia (1940)
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Fantasia (1940)

Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the …death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. (Read More)

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cult film 
Themes:
magic dance drunkenness surrealism 
Story:
flute cliff magician rope bridge rescue mirror 

Fantasia 2000 (1999)
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Fantasia 2000 (1999)

In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his …pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death and renewal of a forest in a sequence featuring the composition, "The Firebird." (Read More)

Themes:
magic surrealism 
Locations:
desert 
Characters:
little girl actor dancer police officer father daughter relationship 
Story:
performer horse and carriage cliff presumed dead magician newspaper headline rescue mirror chase 

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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the gro…unds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. (Read More)

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cult film 
Themes:
magic 
Characters:
little girl 
Story:
fantasy world levitation immortality dwarf birthday rescue mirror character name in title 

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:
magic surrealism 
Locations:
police car london england desert 
Characters:
police officer 
Story:
deal with the devil immortality ambulance rescue dream chase explosion flashback 

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)
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Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turns against the Queen's me…n, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. (Read More)

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magic 
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immortality dwarf mask mirror character name in title 

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Silent Hill (2006)
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Silent Hill (2006)

Sharon Da Silva wakes up every night screaming about "silent hill". Pursued by a police officer suspicious of her motives and swerving to avoid another child her adoptive mother crashes the car knocking herself unconscious. When Rose Da Silva awakens to find her adopted child is missing, she searche…s the fog and ash blanketed town for her beloved daughter. (Read More)

Themes:
surrealism 
Characters:
little girl police officer 
Story:
cliff title appears in writing ladder bridge rescue flashback 

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011)
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Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011)

Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Mephistopheles at the time (now Roarke), is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but fi…rst, he needs Johnny's help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for, to help him take human form. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness surrealism 
Story:
deal with the devil monk bridge ambulance rescue chase explosion character name in title flashback 

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)

Oscar Diggs ('James Franco'), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora ('Mila Kunis' …(qv)), Evanora ('Rachel Weisz' (qv)), and Glinda ('Michelle Williams (I)' (qv)), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. (Read More)

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magic surrealism 
Story:
sleight of hand levitation con artist immortality presumed dead magician rescue chase explosion 

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A Little Princess (1995)
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A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "e…very girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
little girl father daughter relationship 
Story:
turban horse and carriage imagination presumed dead old man birthday rescue 

Southland Tales (2006)
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Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star develo…ping her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

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cult film 
Themes:
memory dance surrealism 
Locations:
police car desert bar 
Characters:
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Story:
musical number video camera ambulance mirror dream chase explosion flashback 

Pan (2015)
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Pan (2015)

Themes:
magic surrealism 
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london england 
Story:
fantasy world musical number immortality rope rescue chase explosion character name in title 

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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

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magic surrealism 
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little girl 
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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for p…ennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries. (Read More)

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cult film 
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memory dance drunkenness surrealism 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
dancer 
Story:
mob ambulance reporter dream chase character name in title flashback 

Vantage Point (2008)
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Vantage Point (2008)

The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring …out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? (Read More)

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little girl police officer 
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as …they know it will never be the same again. (Read More)

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cult film 
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memory magic 
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immortality presumed dead rescue explosion character name in title flashback 

Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007) is one of the best movies like The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007)

Everything seems to be going great for the Fantastic Four. Reed and Sue are finally getting married, and things couldn't seem better. However, when the mysterious Silver Surfer crashes things, they learn that they will have to deal with an old foe, and the powerful planet eating Galactus.

Locations:
london england desert bar 
Story:
newspaper headline reporter mask rescue chase explosion character name in title 

The Number 23 (2007)
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The Number 23 (2007)

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dr…eams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. (Read More)

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