10. The Great Raid (2005)
“The Great Raid” had a lot of promise, but stunning-visuals couldn’t keep this one out of the middle of the pack, as it comes to World War II movies. Nothing is terrible here, but no element stands out as week. Unfortunately, this one is fairly forgettable.
9. Why Him? (2016)
There’s nothing truly special about “Why Him?.” Nevertheless, this is a fairly fun watch. The interaction between James Franco and Bryan Cranston is especially enjoyable. The humor is a bit blue, but would you really want it any other way?
8. Spider-Man (2002)
The first major Spider-Man film featured some pretty hokey dialogue and cringeworthy moments, but the amazingly smooth special effects more than made up for any impurities. Tobey Maguire was hit-or-miss, but the secondary characters, most notably Willem Dafoe, were outstanding.
7. This is the End (2013)
Despite, at times, being an absolute mess, “This is the End” is certainly enjoyable and quite hilarious. The film is certainly imbalanced, and has its fair share of uncomfortable awkwardness. Nonetheless, most of the performances, Jonah Hill most notably, are outstanding.
6. Knocked Up (2007)
While this author is certainly of the opinion that “Knocked Up” is significantly overrated and really doesn’t hold up well. That being said, there’s no question this one was mega-influential on the decade’s comedies.
5. An American Crime (2007)
“An American Crime” would be considered by most to be an extremely tough watch. The subject matter is brutal and disturbing on many levels. That being said, the acting here is too-notch and will make you think just as much as it makes you feel.
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
After the disaster that was the Mark Wahlberg remake in the early-2000’s, few thought that the franchise would ever be resurrected. Fortunately for sci-fi fans everywhere, a major chance was taken, and the result was a major hit and jumpstart for several sequels. This one is intriguing and complex without being esoteric, engaging bother the casual and nuanced viewer.
3. In the Valley of Elah (2007)
“In the Valley of Elah” is a poignant and deeply-emotional work, The performances here are extremely strong and nuanced. Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron bring their A-game. With every twist and turn the reveals are more shocking.
2. 127 Hours (2010)
This harrowing true story of trapped climber is both visually-brutal and breathtaking. James Franco, in a revelation, is phenomenal in the lead role, deftly portraying the elation and desperation of a flawed and inspiring character.
- Milk (2008)
The film based on the life of Harvey Milk is one of the best in the past several years. Aside from being a poignant portrayal of one of the most compelling figure of the 20th Century, the movie features one of Sean Penn’s best performances, which is quite a feat unto itself.