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T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous

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A Tyrranosaur reacts to Ally (Liz Strauber) in "T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous."

What has bone-crunching Tyrannosaurs, swooping Pteranodons, cool 3-D effects and hits the Orlando area in November? The new Jurassic Park sequel? Nope, just the latest in three-dimensional movie entertainment called "T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous." IMAX? is the format and Muvico Pointe 21 movie theater at Pointe Orlando is the place. One of the first non-documentary IMAX? movies to feature a linear storyline and computer-generated special effects, "T-REX" is breaking box office records throughout the country.

The film stars Peter Horton ("thirtysomething") as archeologist Donald Hayden and newcomer Liz Strauber as his daughter Ally, who longs to follow in her father's footsteps. While excavating in Canada, Donald finds a dinosaur egg and brings it back to his office where Ally unwittingly unleashes something within the egg.

Download a QuickTime video preview of the new IMAX film "T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous." Video courtesy of the IMAX Corporation.

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Strange happenings start to occur including dino skeletons turning into flesh-and-blood carnivores, paintings coming to life and Ally traveling back in time to talk with dinosaur experts of the past. The action comes to a head when Ally comes face to face with the objects of her obsession, traveling "Back to the Cretaceous" to confront Ornithomis, Hadrosaurs and the dreaded Tyrannosaurus rex.

Unlike many IMAX? 3-D movies, "T-REX" strikes a good balance between the 3-D special effects and huge expanses that make a great IMAX? film. Panoramic scenery towers over the viewer from Canadian landscapes and Washington State forests (that double as post-Jurassic vistas) to the shadowy hallways of a darkened museum.

The 3-D images are just as excellent. Filmmakers worked with L-Squared Entertainment and Blue Sky/VIFX Studio to create larger-than-life prehistoric creates that jump right out of the screen. The storyline moves along at a slow pace, and many times effects are sacrificed for the sake of plot. But "T-REX" towers over its documentarian predecessors for pure enjoyment.

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