The Crow 3.8 stars out of 3,819,944 ratings.
The movie’s star (Brandon Lee) was killed during filming which of course helped it at the box office, but regardless of that, it’s critical and audience praise is well deserved. A revenge tale from the grave, Lee plays a man who returns from the afterlife to take out those responsible for his and his fiancée’s Halloween murder. The movie’s dark undertones are enough to make any goth kid drool and well coordinated fight scenes should satisfy even the most jaded martial arts fan. Rotten Tomatoes 91, IMDB 7.6
Equilibrium 3.8 stars out of 2,296,394 ratings.
Science fiction loves itself some dystopian futures and Equilibrium falls into many of the stereotypes, yet rises above to be a really enjoyable movie. Yes, there’s been a third World War. Yes, there is now a fascist government. And yes, most people are now addicted to a drug — in this case, one called Prozium that suppresses emotions which are now illegal. Christian Bale plays a government enforcer who eventually challenges and attempts overthrow the totalitarian system that’s poisoning the public. While it’s been accused of borrowing too much from other sci-fi movies, that accusation shouldn’t detract from the ability to enjoy watching Bale blast bad guys. Rotten Tomatoes 82, IMDB 7.6
Super 8 3.8 stars out of 3,461,467 ratings.
What I like about Super 8 is that it purposely tries to mimic the family-friendly science fiction movies of the 80s like E.T. or Flight Of The Navigator, but keeps its integrity. Steven Spielberg handed off the directorial reins to J.J. Abrams in this movie about a group of kids who witness a train crash that releases an extraterrestrial power in their small town.
“Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of film-making, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action,” wrote Roger Ebert.
Rotten Tomatoes 75, IMDB 7.1
Highlander 3.7 stars out of 2,621,824 ratings.
Sort of Braveheart meets Back To The Future. Actually, that’s a terrible comparison, so forget that. The movie centers around an ancient clan of immortal Scottish swordsmen and the protagonist who must confront his lone opponent while jumping back and forth between the past and present. The movie went on to spawn numerous sequels as well as a spin-off TV series. If Sean Connery doing his best Sean Connery accent wasn’t enough, it’s also got a soundtrack provided by Queen. There were talks of a reboot with Ryan Reynolds, but thankfully the Celtic gods put a stop to that… for now. Rotten Tomatoes 80 , IMDB 7.2
Planet Of The Apes 3.7 stars out of 2,048,196 ratings.
I fear there’s an entire generation that only knows Charlton Heston as that dead guy who like guns that Jim Carrey made fun of in that video last year. That’s a little depressing, considering the man stared in one of the greatest sci-fi movies in the history of movies based on talking monkeys. In case you didn’t see the original, or the 2001 and 2011 reboots, or have avoided any pop culture reference to the movie over the last 40 years, it follows a space crew that crashes on a planet where apes speak and keep humans as pets. Rotten Tomatoes 87, IMDB 8.0
Big Trouble In Little China 3.7 stars out of 1,761,308 ratings.
One of the strangest sci-fi/action comedies to come out in the 1980s, John Carpenter directs his longtime favorite actor Kurt Russell in the story of a truck driver who must rescue his friend’s fiancée from an ancient Chinese sorcerer. The movie bombed at the box office, but has since become a cult favorite and has lots of cheesy one-liners from Kurt Russell as well as a floating meatball creature. Rotten Tomatoes 78, IMDB 7.3