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In some ways the phrase “3-D Imax documentary” is an oxymoron. No matter how conscientiously filmmakers try to pack each frame with enlightening data, much of it doesn’t register because the Imax format is distractingly spectacular. The movies are like classroom lectures during which the teacher hurls giant props at the students. But in Imax films the giant props are the show — and in the new National Geographic documentary, “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” they’re as spectacular as one could wish. At least half the movie’s 40 minutes are devoted to efficient but bland re-enactments of 20th-century archaeologists unearthing fossils from the Cretaceous period in the once-submerged Central Plains of the United States. But these pale beside the film’s true raison d’être: digitally recreated prehistoric sea beasts that seem as real as whales and sharks. “Sea Monsters” is a parade of special-effects money shots with academic credentials: a snake-necked styxosaurus gorging on schools of fish; families of flippered, long-nosed dolichorhynchops (a k a dollies) gliding through indigo water clogged with particulate matter; a 40-foot-long tylosaurus clamping its jaws around prey, bursting through the surface and soaring into the air like an immense, razor-toothed dolphin. Step right up.