Best New York City Movies

  • James and the Giant Peach

    James and the Giant Peach (PG, 1996)

    Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Pete Postlethwaite, Jane Leeves
    A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this stri... read morekingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of British TV hit Absolutely Fabulous). The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of escape, however, through a magic bag of "crocodile tongues" that bring about the appearance of the giant peach. The curious James soon winds up inside the fruit, at which point his body changes, and the film switches to a combination of stop-motion and digital animation. The new James meets up with a group of talking, oversized insects, including a vampish spider (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a sarcastic centipede (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss), and a matronly ladybug (voiced by Jane Leeves). These creatures become his traveling companions when the peach rolls into the Atlantic Ocean, and James and his new friends must brave a variety of dangers to reach the shore. Director Henry Selick provides further proof of the visual skill he demonstrated in The Nightmare Before Christmas, creating a fascinating, often eerie alternate universe, while Randy Newman provides the upbeat musical accompaniment. Young children may be disturbed by the story's creepier overtones, but the mixture of remarkable visuals, oddball characters, and off-kilter fantasy will appeal to all other audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
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      xandiXlizXmackix: new friends in the form of insects who bring him to a series of wildly imaginative adventures with New York City, where his father told him where dreams come true.

      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      godsend311: . This touching film about and orphan and his adventure to New York City. This is a must see film.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
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      barkingkitteh: . The movie switches to clay-mation and the crew travels with hopes of ending up in New York City. An amazing tale about the imagination and hope of a child.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Fame

    Fame (PG, 2009)

    Kristy Flores, Asher Book, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton
    This remake of the '80s classic focuses on a group of young students attending a high school for the... read more performing arts. Classmates study various aspects of performance, from dance to songwriting to acting, all of them hoping for the chance to one day become stars. Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, and Bebe Neuwirth portray the instructors, with a host of newcomers toplining the production as the students. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
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      balkanbeauty85: In 1936, New York City Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia founded the High School of Music & Art in order to provide
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • The Smurfs

    The Smurfs (PG, 2011)

    Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, SofŪa Vergara, Jayma Mays, Tim Gunn
    The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation'... read mores hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they're forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. -- (C) Sony Pictures
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      fb685881015: Great family film, lots of laughs and loved the fact the film is mainly set with the smurfs in New
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1463080680: Who the fuck is paying for these scripts!!!!
      My god, and why does it always have to be New York cit
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Soylent Green

    Soylent Green (PG, 1973)

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten
    Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based... read more on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population's food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories -- the dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon executive in the Soylent Company, is found murdered, police detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is sent in to investigate the case. Helping him out researching the case is Thorn's old friend Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson, in his final film role). As they investigate the environs of a succession of mad-from-hunger New Yorkers and the luxuriously rich digs of the lucky few, Thorn uncovers the terrible truth about the real ingredients of Soylent Green. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
  • Adam

    Adam (PG-13, 2009)

    Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison
    A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the na... read moreme of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor. Due to his condition, Adam isn't the best when it comes to communicating. Though he frequently escapes by submersing himself in the world of space exploration, Adam senses an opportunity for a real human connection after Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into the apartment just upstairs. As Adam attempts to gain control of his off-kilter, sometimes embarrassing social skills, he discovers that with a little patience and understanding, developing a meaningful relationship might not be as hard as he previously thought. Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison, and Mark Linn-Baker co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Oliver & Company

    Oliver & Company (G, 1988)

    Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Bette Midler, Roscoe Lee Browne
    This animated musical retells Dickens's Oliver Twist amongst animals in New York City, with Oliver a... read mores an innocent kitten who joins a gang of law-breaking dogs. When Oliver is adopted by a wealthy young woman, the gang's evil human owner hatches a kidnapping scheme to tap into the girl's fortune. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
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      fb100001092752191: Disney does Dickens in this animated version of Oliver Twist, in which a homeless New York City cat falls in with a bunch of mischievous dogs under the leadership of the appealing sc
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
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      avp60685: A cute adapation of the story of Oliver with animals and takes place in New York City
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
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      MzFoxi: oo, whoo, whoo
      I'm streetwise
      I can improvise
      Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo
      I'm streetsmart
      I've got New York City heart

      Why should I worry?
      Why should I care?
      I may not have a dime
      But I got street s
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (PG, 2012)

    Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen
    Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get h... read moreome to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. -- (C) Dreamworks
  • Step Up 3-D

    Step Up 3-D (PG-13, 2010)

    Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith "Remedy" Stallworth
    Moose (Adam Sevani) teams up with a talented street dance crew for a competition against some of the... read more most talented hip-hop dancers around in this eye-popping installment of the popular dance film series. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Fantasia 2000

    Fantasia 2000 (G, 2000)

    Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones
    Initially released to IMAX theaters at the crescendo of millennial fever and 60 years after the orig... read moreinal Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 was meant to revitalize Walt Disney's goal of a constantly evolving film, with new segments replacing old ones with each re-release. Only The Sorcerer's Apprentice remains, with seven new shorts. Angular, abstracted butterfly-like shapes fly through the air in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5; computer-animated whales take flight in Respighi's Pines of Rome; Al Hirschfeld's caricatures of New York life come alive in George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier is retold with computer animation against Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102; frantic flamingos try to stop their yo-yoing comrade in Camille Saint-SaŽns' Carnival of the Animals, Finale; Donald and Daisy Duck play Noah and his wife trying to manage the ark to Sir Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance; and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth are celebrated in Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi
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      fb1041540038: . I especially love the New York City scene with Rhapsody in Blue.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

    Mr. Popper's Penguins (PG, 2011)

    Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll
    In this family comedy, Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes ... read moreto the important things in life - until he inherits six penguins. Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Emperor Penguins, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a contemporary adaptation of the classic book. -- (C)Fox