Movies with great cast

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Usually, movies try to have 2-3 relevant actors. However, some of them are well known as films which have an enormous list of good actors, even making secondary roles. These are some of the films in which the cast is an enormous point to watch them.

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Sleepers 1996,  R)
Ocean's Eleven 2001,  PG-13)
Batman Begins 2005,  PG-13)
Hamlet 1996,  PG-13)
Volver 2006,  R)
L.A. Confidential 1997,  R)
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992,  R)
The Outsiders 1983,  PG)
Glengarry Glen Ross 1992,  R)
Victory 1981,  PG)
Murder on the Orient Express 1974,  PG)
JFK 1991,  R)
Burn After Reading 2008,  R)
Celebrity 1998,  R)
The Beehive (La Colmena) 1982,  Unrated)
The Method (El Metodo) 2007,  R)
The Method (El Metodo)
Although based on the theater play 'Grönholm method', Mateo Gil takes the script and develops a story that also shows you how far people arrive to decide your competence to a job (or to get that job), but changes it completely. In this story, there is something outside (Madrid is assiting to G-7 meeting), and also it's a coral story, with many characters, each one with a different personality, to make you reflect about the different human types. In some things, this movie is much better that the original play, in others, it's not so good, but that's the point, there are completely different stories. So, good play of actors, all developed around a table and few scenarios, in an impacting, shocking, brutally competitive contest that shows us lessons about human condition and how agressive or merciful we can be, the fight against generations, in fact, it's a movie about many things. You better discover by yourself.
The Thin Red Line 1998,  R)
Spartacus 1960,  PG-13)
Quo Vadis 1951,  PG)
Quo Vadis
"Please, Nero; do not sing!" One of the best sentences in the cinema History
The Usual Suspects 1995,  R)
The Man in the Iron Mask 1998,  PG-13)
The Man in the Iron Mask
What I liked about this film was 1) the excellent actors for musketeers, 2) the change in the relations among them: De Artagnan as an enemy, Porthos comic and suicide, Aramis adquiring a critic role that we never suspected in the most superficial of the four...
The Philadelphia Story 1940,  Unrated)
The Philadelphia Story
Although intelligent dialogs, and probably the best trio of actors ever, the plot is superficial and aristocratic, and in my opinion, there?s an abusive attack against the character of Hepburn, related to convencionalisms of that time. However, Cary Grant is specially funny, actings are very good, and you will love if you like light comedies, and the good taste and exquisiteness of Cukor
Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
Mars Attacks! 1996,  PG-13)
The Departed 2006,  R)
The Departed
Good thriller that keeps intrigue, but at the end, the balloon loses air. It is a complicated plot, but it seems to me that there are too much loosen knobs and aspects without a good explanation (it is just a suspicion, I would have to re-analyze it in a carefully way to reassure that). In conclusion, well, a correct movie, but not to deserve an academy-award.
The Godfather 1972,  R)
Judgment at Nuremberg 1961,  PG-13)
Judgment at Nuremberg
Very intelligent approach to the responsabilities after WWII, mainly because it does not try to judge the main leaders, but the men who were just obeying orders or making their jobs. Also some arguments have been explored frequently, others are quite new or expressed in an original way, and shows the complexitiy of the arguments. It makes a good job describing the political circumstances of the moment and how they affect to the judgment (and, as well, how the judgement affected Germans). Great actings from Burt Lancaster (specially) and Maximilian Schell, maybe some of the bests I have ever seen -by the way, Montgomery Clift was very good, I don´t remember, what of my Flixster friends told me she was an enormous fan of him?, I don´t remember, and I would like to know-. The main faiulure of the film is not combining in the correct proportion the judgement and extra-jugdgement stories, what would have improved the story (for example, although Marlene Dietrich makes a good role, they don´t make the most of her, as a enormous actress she is), and also a problem of rhytm -it has moments of climax and anticlimax, but doesn´t seem to arrive to a directed peak, and story apparently lacks of a rhytmical continuity. In any, very good work, mainly if you take under consideration the difficulty of the issue, that makes some fails be exonerated. The end, by the way, satisfies me as a conclusion, including all the different arguments you can expose against it.
Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
Apocalypse Now
It shows craziness about Vietnam war, and it is also a tribute to Heart of Darkness, and all that is very good. Some iconic scenes and characters (as Ride of Valkiries, and Brando and Duvall's roles) are now part of history of cinema.It has some common deffects to Vietnam war movies and also some problems of structure. However, it had to show some very important things.
Doctor Zhivago 1965,  PG-13)
The African Queen 1951,  PG)
The African Queen
Although little realistic, it has a good point of humor. Not the best role of any of these big actors, but worth to watch just to see some of the things they do.
Nine 2009,  PG-13)
It is funny because it gives one turn around the famous scene from 8 1/2 and develops the other point of view, the one from the women. Good scenography and detail for the feelings of the characters.
The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009,  R)
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Coen Bross started making movies about idiot characters in a systematic way -something not completely new, but which they combined with acid humour in a particular style from them-. Then, we they got famous actors, they had them -typically heroes in other movies- acting as idiots as well. Now, others continue doing it, and they get excellent results, as in this parody about war, Army functioning, journalism, paranormal and human relationships. Incredible cast for laughing a lot in a very ironic way.
A Streetcar Named Desire 1951,  PG)
A Streetcar Named Desire
The movie is between 2 (boring) and 4 (very good). Why? It is perfect at what it tries to get (5 stars, a masterpiece in its genre): great interpretations, strong, peculiar and unique characters, a perfect psychological analysis of human behaviour, the most hateful part of masculinity, the most delirious part of feminity... but it's not the kind of issue I like. I like the movies which make you aspire to something better than yourself, or, if not, that teach you something about human behaviour. This movie doesn't show to me anything new: it's the strong battle among sexes, it's showing that some women get in love with animals just by desire and they forgive anything else, it's about women who are lonely and because of that commit crazy acts difficult to understand... It's about how people try to adapt world to them and their circumstances, either with lies or with acting. The movie has strong feelings, it's full of them, it is a explosion of emotions, and if you like it, you'll love this movie, where the masculine and feminine essence are shown in all its plenitude, represented by Brando and Leigh (much better interpretation that in Gone to the wind, a friend of mine told me it was as strong as Bette Davis in What ever happened to Baby Jane, and he was true, and I add, as Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard; for me, she is the real main character of the movie, and steals Brando the main role) in two outstanding perfomances. So, if you like this kind of issues, and the ugly truth, as it is, expressed with all its strength, yeah, it's your movie. And I recognize it is wonderfully made, in a very theatrically way, but it's not my style.
Million Dollar Baby 2004,  PG-13)
Million Dollar Baby
'My father said I had a hard work to go into this world, and I'd have a hard one to get out from it'.
Talk to Her 2002,  R)
Talk to Her
I went to this movie having started to watch it (and seemed boring) and knowing main things about the plot that I liked, so, I was a little confused, and I started to watch the movie to see. Well, first, I must say that for me, it's clear that Almodovar does better scripts for comedies than for dramas. Even, the use of common people and ordinary (even in the sense of vulgar) expressions, which fit wonderfully in comedy, take a little out of sense in drama. And yeah, the movie starts quite boring, lacking good sentences, and with all that bullfighting story that goes to nowhere... However, as the movie advances, the strength of the original idea of the story starts growing. It is true that I would have developed the script quite different from that idea (there are too many lucky coincidences, and, for me, there are some things that would have been better to expose directly, and not develop any more, because doing that, they loose the original lyrism and shocking effect, and become more daily and close to reality; sometimes it's better not to show how things happen, just tell that happened). Also, as I said, the bullfighting story seems to me out of place, although, at the end, Dario Grandinetti makes a good role as the realistic friend. Many cinematographic, musical and theater references, some of them looked more disgressions because there wasn't nothing interesting to fill the script with, and that puts you out of the movie (I only agree with these kind of disgressions when they have to do with the movie itself, the general tone of story, or, if not, if they are very good), but some of them were good. But the love story is very well developed, also the past of the characters, and, as my collegue Flixterman says, that's the wonderful capacity of Almodovar, to take from a weird situation and extract how the beauty is possible (I agree with that enormous capacity of Almodovar; what I don't agree is when he gets into some worlds in such a weird way that there is no beauty possible and you can not extract any lesson of universal value to mankind. But that's not the case of this movie), and Javier Camara character is tenderful and adorable, you can reject and at the same time love him and at the same time judge and not be able to judge him. Also, I must underline the enormous capacity of Almodovar of bringing so many good actresses to his movie just to make very short roles, if you see the cast (although they mainly play just a couple of minutes or second actings, the weight of the movie is taken by Rosario Flores and mainly always wonderful Leonor Watling), it's enormous (even there was a cinematographic reference with one of these actresses that made me laugh what I hadn't in years, it was incredible, but for understanding that, you must see Almodovar's movie 'Women at the verge of a nervous breakdown', my favorite Almodovar movie, by the way). So, and as conclussion, good start point as idea, character, good developed love story, fantastic Watling, but I would have told the story in a very different way to give strength to the message (however, this way to tell the story has its own advantages). In any case, to judge it simply, not a perfect, but good and recommended movie.
The Shipping News 2001,  R)
Vanilla Sky 2001,  R)
Vanilla Sky
Not as well directed, interpreted and developed as the original one filmed by Alejandro Amenábar, but just a small piece of it is enough to make an interesting story. Some new details are not bad, but the original images and situations are much better.
Gangs of New York 2002,  R)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2003,  R)
Amistad 1997,  R)
We have not seen a lot in cinema a reflect of the tragic consequences of slavery, and the interesting point about this movie is that it does without falling in too much sentimentalism or dark suffering excesses that will make the message get lost (although some scenes are really hard). Interesting characters and good cast around a court room movie with political interestest around. Also, a good success in reflecting the shock between African and European-American culture. Great physical acting of the African actors, in particular Hounsou. In the bad part, it becomes sometimes more idealistic than close to the real facts (in the speech of John Quincy Adams, I find too much references to the future), and, in that sense, it loses some credibility.
Cast a Giant Shadow 1966,  G)
Machete 2010,  R)
Before watching the movie: Well, I must say that the origin of this movie is interesting enough... And that it has become now a claim against social issue of the moment (Arizona law) is even more interesting...

After watching the movie: it is so absurd (making parody of itself most of the time) that you can not take it seriously. But if you watch it with a group of friends, laughing at the evident exaggerations, you can have a good time. Strangely, one of the best De Niro acting in years. There are a lot of action movies which pretend to be good and you laugh at them: this one is made precisely to laugh. And even has some social aspects!
Good Night, And Good Luck 2005,  PG)
Insomnia 2002,  R)
It is one of the first works of Christopher Nolan, and you can feel it in that the plot is not so complicated as he usually does in other movies. In that sense, you can see it is a little weak, and with sometimes an irregular rhythm, but in conclusion, it is an interesting mistery exercise, not great, but good. If it is the less interesting movie of Nolan, it is a very high starting point.
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction
I didn´t like it, as almost all Tarantino movies. People spends hours and hours talking about how they are going to kill each other: later, they kill each other (I am not a great fan of violence in movies). Stupid conversations about cheese hamburgers and which go nowhere. For me, this movie is more interesting for all the versions they have done from it, than from the movie itself (so, more iconic than a movie with a good script). Music is also good.
Contagion 2011,  PG-13)
The Guns of Navarone 1961,  PG)
The Guns of Navarone
Regular war movie, but with very good actors, some interesting characters, and a few critical moral questions. Not great, but watchable.
The Good Shepherd 2006,  R)
The Good Shepherd
Sober description (as cold as the main character, who looks despicable since minute 1) of the evolution of the life of a spy along with the beginning of CIA. Lives mixed and destroyed, no trusting in anyone, personal, moral and political conflicts, and the relations among power. A very intelligent, well-made approach from de Niro in his best work in years, but in the direction side. Some extraordinary acting. Very, very good.
Dogma 1999,  R)
Between 2.5 and 3. A funny parody, with no more pretensions, although it loses vis comica in some moments (even to be sentimental!). Not bad, but not for fireworks.
Margin Call 2011,  R)
Margin Call
Between 3 and 3.5, great actings from great actors to describe quite a Shakespearing tragedy about economy, which is described in a clean and elegant way basing on the construction of characters. Recommended to understand how finance works.
The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises
Usually, in the third movie of a saga, it is common that, trying to overcome what you did in the previous ones, you try to become things maximalistic, and that gets a little baroque. That can be the defect in this movie, which, however, has great point as a good inheritance of the previous ones, with interesting evil characters (although, in my opinion, it falls in the mistake of one the previous movies referring to the motivation of them), good feminine roles (although the best Catwoman continues being Pfeiffer, in my opinion), and a good hypertrama which combines some social questions -however, in that and also in the motivation of the characters, some of the things sound a common topic-. Anyway, the too big approach is compensated by the crepuscular tone, a good end, and some really good script-lines (including the legend of the prison). Not a disappointing end at all, although it results a little strange, but leaves a good Bruce Wayne inheritance.
The Ides of March 2011,  R)
The Ides of March
The dark side of politics. No concessions. Be careful, although there is (as you can imagine) a trick around, nothing is what looks like (or you can predict is going to be -although maybe one thing you have seen other times). I say no more.
How the West Was Won 1963,  G)
The Hunger Games 2012,  PG-13)
The Hunger Games
Not bad at all. It (whicih should have been completed with some details they add to me about the book) is a good distopy of the present times: a few ones that domain over the poverty of many, the show and popularity as the requirement to survive, the poors fronting to each other to save the rihc... With echoes of "The Lord of the Flies", "The Fugitive" of Stephen King-Richard Bachman and TV realities, although the story is quite simple to predict, it offers some interesting profiles for characters. Also, good use of sound and music, and attractive cast.
Django Unchained 2012,  R)
Django Unchained
Everything started perfect: Christoph Waltz was a wonderful character, funny, interesting. The plot was intelligent, entertaining, and looked attractive, even not as violent as other Tarantino movies (or, at least, a little more subtle). Then, the story became artificial and weak just to go by a long, boring pathway which seemed to go nowhere. And then, when the cards get over the table, some stupid and nonsense things start to happen just to justify that (as always), Tarantino made a long boring period before an orgy of destruction. I mean, I do not hope that every point of a plot is absolutely realistic, but in this case, it is so obvious you can not lie yourself. From that moment, movie becomes stupid, absurd and you see you have been waiting for nothing (this last part is 1.5 stars for me, but the beginning and Waltz save the day a little bit). Please, Tarantino, stop making the plots of your movies: hire a script writer. (P.S. The character of Di Caprio is much weaker than I expected).
Man of Steel 2013,  PG-13)
Man of Steel
They had all to make it: good actors, and even a good version of the life of Clark Kent in Earth. However, they derived into something that allowed many special effects and infra-developing of characters. It is not Superman, because it is closer to other versions of the conflict between alien civilizations and Earth. It is good to see variations and alternatives, but it is clear it is not the definitive version. Between 2.5 and 3.
The Long, Hot Summer 1958,  Unrated)
The Long, Hot Summer
More interesting by the actor than by the story itself.
Haywire 2012,  R)
Les Misérables 2012,  PG-13)
Les Misérables
Hooper creates a mix of opera and musical although, despite the good scenography, he employs the camera to close shots to underline what can not be done in a musical. Although a little strange because there is no pause in the singing, the product works quite well (not as well as the story itself from Hugo, which is one of my favorites), specially by the great work of some actors, specially Jackman, Barks, and, over all, a great Hathaway with a incredible interpretation of "I dreamt a dream" (astounding). Music, of course, is amazing, songs are addictive, and such good characters as Gavroche give a note of color. The main "but": Russell Crow was a very weak Javert. The movie itself is a 3.5, but I add half an additional star because all the details I have mentioned above.
The Three Musketeers 1993,  PG)
The Three Musketeers
Good songs (Sting). For some aspects, it is only a 2.5 stars movie, but it seems that modern movies push this one up to the quintaessencial movie about first chapter of this story.
The Three Musketeers 1948,  Unrated)
Bobby 2006,  R)
Gangster Squad 2013,  R)
Gangster Squad
The movie looked much more (and probably, could have been much more) than it finally was. It leaves things, but not enough.
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968,  PG-13)
Once Upon a Time in the West
Till now, the most interesting spaghetti western I have seen from Leone. Even close to 3. Good actings.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012,  PG-13)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Nice story with delightful characters. Good sense of humor.
Skyfall 2012,  PG-13)
Probably, it is the best James Bond movie I have ever seen. It is clear that Sam Mendes is directing: the use of photography, the remindings to old aspects of the saga, the intimistic tone sometimes. Mendes combines classic and new elements, underlines interesting aspects, and presents us a good threaten and a very good villain by Javier Bardem. Maybe, in some moments, the combination of intimacy and spectacularity is difficult to carry out properly, and some things look "out of the place", or introduced just to make the plan in the director's head go on. And, after all, it is an action movie, but it deserves some acknowledgement. Anyway, an interesting movie.
Lope 2010,  Unrated)
Movie 43 2013,  R)
Crazy Heart 2009,  R)
Moonrise Kingdom 2012,  PG-13)
V for Vendetta 2006,  R)
V for Vendetta
The best possible combination of Count of Montecristo and 1984
Cloud Atlas 2012,  R)
The Boys from Brazil 1978,  R)
The Heifer (La Vaquilla) 1985,  Unrated)
Lawless 2014,  Unrated)
Knight of Cups 2014,  Unrated)
To The Wonder 2013,  R)
To The Wonder
As other Malick movies, impeccable in form, with apparent deep messages behind, but really very empty in content. You see 3 minutes and you feel shots are marvelous and have a rich content of nuances; you see 30 minutes and you feel like inside an empty egg -too much paper not to wrap any gift. The message can be about important issues, but is really very light. You can say it is simplicity, others will say there is not much to tell. One of these movies I prefer to stop in the middle and put 2.5 than continue watching and putting 2.
Invasor (Invader) 2012,  Unrated)
The Night of the Generals 1967,  Unrated)
The Night of the Generals
Astounding interpretations and a very well developed intrigue
Lord Jim 1965,  Unrated)
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013,  PG)
Oz the Great and Powerful
The evil characters are very well, and also the form to connect with some aspects of the original movie. Close to 3. But in global, not to be legendary.
The Misfits 1961,  Unrated)
Una Pistola En Cada Mano 2012,  Unrated)
Una Pistola En Cada Mano
The interest comes from the good actors and some details, but it is not much new from one story to the other, from other movies of the same director (it is maybe the best of a too homogeneous track) and other movies.
A puerta fría 2012,  Unrated)
The United States of Leland 2004,  R)
Savages 2012,  R)
Unforgiven 1992,  R)
Iron Man 3 2013,  PG-13)
Iron Man 3
Iron Man movies, in general, have peaks and valleys. In this case, it is repeated, but I think that, in global, between 2.5 and 3 is a general mark for the three movies.
The Quick and the Dead 1995,  R)
Valentine's Day 2010,  PG-13)
The Town 2010,  R)
The Town
Between 3 and 3.5. More than solid thriller, in which individuals that could have gone out from Jersey shore acquire somehow the greatness of Shakespearean characters. Very good job from its director.
The Great Gatsby 2013,  PG-13)
The Big Wedding 2013,  R)
Quills 2000,  R)
Horrible Bosses 2011,  R)
Machete Kills 2013,  R)
Machete Kills
Even more crazy than the previous, not so funny. But the bunch of good actors is spectacular.
The Comedy of Terrors (The Graveside Story) 1964,  Unrated)
The Counselor 2013,  R)
The Counselor
Very weak. Tries to obtain an excuse to talk about banality of crime and death, but the sentences sound repeated and there is no backbone enough to sustain what could have been summarized in three lines. As in"The Road", too much envelope for a very simple idea.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005,  PG)
The Good German 2007,  R)
The Lion in Winter 1968,  PG)
Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013,  PG-13)
The Company You Keep 2013,  R)
The Conspirator 2011,  PG-13)
The Conspirator
Robert Redford has a special quality to find good stories in the past and look to them in a new perspective. Close to 3.5.
The Longest Day 1962,  G)
Gente en sitios 2013,  Unrated)
Gente en sitios
Collection of sketches which have in common surrealism and absurd. Some of them are good, others are regulars, other have not much sense. Irregular, does not give much to think about.
American Hustle 2013,  R)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001,  R)
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014,  R)
The Royal Tenenbaums 2002,  R)
Night Train To Lisbon 2013,  R)
Voyage of the Damned 1976,  PG)
Voyage of the Damned
More relevant for the historical fact itself than for the development of the film.
Rounders 1998,  R)

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