THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

A wildly popular, theoretically inspirational prison drama slash… allegory? metaphor? daydream?

DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)

Teens hang on the last day of school, 1976, in Austin, Texas. Not much happens. Mostly in a good way, I promise.

PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997)

A gorgeous animation classic that is firmly for adults, about the eternal struggle between humans and their environment.

THE GODFATHER PART III (1990)

Francis Ford Coppola recently released a re-edited version of the least-acclaimed film of his famous mafia trilogy, but how much of a difference does it make?

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

My favorite Christmas movie, bar none, featuring Michael Caine as Scrooge and Gonzo the Great as Charles Dickens.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

Halloween decides to take over Christmas in what has become one of my favorites.

GOLDENEYE (1995)

James Bond plows into the modern era by blowing up the Arecibo Telescope a quarter century early.

THE ICE STORM (1997)

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

BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991)

John Singleton’s slice-of-life drama about young men dealing with life South Central Los Angeles received wide acclaim and maybe changed Hollywood a little.