5 Star Movies

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2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Extraordinary film that redefines the entire Si-Fi genre. The movie had me completely and utterly entranced for the entire two and a half hours. Even during every slow moving or silent bits! (Which is no small feat for me being someone in my generation) Stanley Kubrick intelligently weaves his deliberate messages and themes into very well told stories. Along with groundbreaking visual effects, each phase of Stanley's story is told brilliantly and has the ability to uniquely strike the viewer in a deep and meaningful way. Stanley masterfully adds real emotions and thrills to his film by cleverly addressing all the senses of the audience. The viewer experiences these subconscious effects in new ways film had never been experienced before.
Rear Window 1954,  PG)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The best of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Ground breaking visuals and easy to love story line. A fantasy that everyone wants to be a part of
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
The best installment of the Star Wars franchise
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
From the first clip of the movie it is easy to tell that dedicated people have put insurmountable amounts of time and money into making this film and that the creators were determined to represent Tolkien true to his masterpiece.
Good Will Hunting 1997,  R)
Good Will Hunting
Superb acting by the entire cast. There is never a scene in the entire movie that you can say the acting was sub par. The writing was very thoughtful and paid attention to detail. The movie does an excellent job of raising major questions and themes and tackles them head on. The story brings out strong emotions that just drip off the screen and into the viewer. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon provide a plot that delivers and Gus Van Sant translates the story in a exquisitely satisfying way.
The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
The Shawshank Redemption
One of the best of all time. Great acting, great story, strong emotion, well developed themes.
Memento 2000,  R)
The Nolan brothers bring to the table an entirely new and creative way to deliver one of their stories. The way the story is revealed also communicates with the audience immediately revealing to them that they will need to be engaged to truly experience the film. This really sets the tone well for any mystery-suspense film. The real beauty of the film is that the great acting, (particularly Guy Pearce) clever camera work, and puzzle like story makes the audience genuinely want to be engaged and figure out whats going on. This separates the film as a cut above most mystery-suspense films. Then instead of giving us a flat traditional ending, Nolan brings up the themes he has slowly been brewing throughout the film and completely reveals them at the end.

While I may not say this film is perfect, it sure does do a lot of things darn well!
The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight
The stunning visuals and thrilling story line help to stop Heath Ledger from stealing the show.
Up 2009,  PG)
Pixar shows its expert ability to manipulate the emotions of its audience. In one 3 minute wordless scene they are able to tap into human compassion and empathy by crafting the powerful contrasting images of dedicated love, gut-wrenching pain.
Toy Story 3 2010,  G)
Toy Story 3

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