ALIENS (1986)

A bombastic, action-packed sequel that has basically nothing in common with its tense, contained thriller of a predecessor, and yet both are great movies in their own way.

GALAXY QUEST (1999)

A Star Trek parody that sort of lucked into an all-timer of a cast, now essentially beloved as an actual example of the thing it was parodying.

ANNIE HALL (1977)

My favorite romantic comedy of all time, it uses new tricks in every scene to get inside the neurotic heads of its characters.

THE ICE STORM (1997)

Ang Lee directs a “comedy of manners” about two families crashing into each other over Thanksgiving weekend.

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

Deadpan responses to bizarro, otherwordly threats lead to an all-timer of a comedy.