While it may have been colorful birds, talking dogs and a floating house that attracted children to Pixar's 10th film, it was the story's heart and soul that won over adults.
It's impossible to watch Kenny Ortega's brilliant documentary about Michael Jackson's much-publicized comeback concert tour without the ghost of Jackson hovering over every frame.
J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" delivers enough eye-popping segments that choosing one to rep the film is difficult.
Larry Gopnick, the bewildered protagonist in the Coen brothers' "A Serious Man," thought he had life together.
With gorgeous colors and 1920s jazz imagery, "The Princess and the Frog" delivers a highly sophisticated revelry rarely seen in films aimed at kids. Or adults.
When SS Col. Hans Landa visits the farm of the LaPadite family in "Inglourious Basterds," we expect things to get very bloody, very quickly.
Among action helmers, "The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow is something of a throwback.
In any film with a mystery at its center, the denouement is bound to be unsatisfying. This is true of Vegas buddy comedy "The Hangover," but only to a point.
When the young aspiring journalist Jean Craddock goes to the motel room of aging, alcoholic singer-songwriter Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart," she gets more than a newspaper interview.
The addition of a simple birthday balloon makes a scene that was tense enough to begin with in "Brothers" into a rare sort of dramatic confrontation.
For the sequence in "Avatar" most similar in sheer jaw-dropping spectacle to the sinking of the RMS Titanic, look no further than the destruction of Hometree.