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Director: Jon Favreau
Screenplay: Chris Van Allsburg, David Koepp, John Kamps
Producer: Louis D'Esposito, Michael De Luca, Peter Billingsley, Scott Kroopf, Ted Field
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Tim Robbins, Kristen Stewart
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 113
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 PG
DVD Release:  Feb 2006 Discs:  (DVD) [$14.94]
Reviews:  "Zathura", a smart and stylish kid's adventure, launches into action when Danny (Jonah Bobo) twists the key of a dusty science fiction game--a game that unleashes a localized meteor shower and wrenches Danny's house into orbit around a distant ringed planet, bringing Danny's brother Walter (Josh Hutcherson, "Kicking and Screaming") and sister Lisa (Kristen Stewart, "Panic Room") along. Soon a defective robot, a rangy astronaut (Dax Shepard, "Without a Paddle"), and an alien spaceship enter the picture. Only by completing the game can the kids return their house to its proper space-time coordinates, but the game board falls into the hands of some nasty, carnivorous lizards. "Zathura" has some obligatory emotional conflict and resolution between the two brothers, but that's pretty much beside the point; what makes "Zathura" a delight is the wonderful design, the skillful escalation of disasters, and the adroit direction of Jon Favreau ("Elf"), who is quickly becoming the go-to guy for mass-market movies with wit and timing. Some situations may be too intense for younger kids; Favreau ratchets up the suspense at a few points. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg ("Jumanji"). Also featuring Tim Robbins ("The Shawshank Redemption"). "--Bret Fetzer"

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