The Aloha Effect: Using BIg Casts for Little Stories

When Hollywood gets together an all A-list cast of stars, we've come to expect big thrills ahead: earthquakes, volcanoes, alien invasions and the like. 

But sometimes more is the perfect thing when you want to show less.  Aloha, which opens  this weekend uses a mega A-list cast including Emma Stone, Bill Murray and Bradley Cooper to tell a tiny little story of people meandering around and finding themselves among the Hawaiian palms.

Here are some other examples of past films that have used star-packed rosters to go deeper and closer, to survey some quiet and intense emotions rather than just throw more big names of an oncoming tidal wave.