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Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Slick, suave and cooler than a penguin's knackers, Soderbergh's starry update of the Rat Pack crime caper not only outshines its predecessor, but all the lights of The Strip combined. Read Review

Saw (2004)
Director: James Wan
The never-ending stream of sequels may have diminished its impact, but there's no denying the shock we got when we first entered the puzzle-loving psycho Jigsaw's fiendish, deathtrapped world. Read Review

Back To The Future Part II (1989)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
From the past to the present to the future and back again, Zemeckis hits his time-travelling stride with this chronology-screwing popcorner - only seven years to go until we discover if his vision of 2015 was on the money. Read Review

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Director: Ang Lee
Lee exceeded all expectations with this wushu masterpiece set in ancient China. A martial-arts opus packed with emotion, beauty and plenty of elegant ass-kickery, it's the ultimate fusion of action and art. Read Review

Superman Returns (2006)
Director: Bryan Singer
It may have been a slighter return than some people had hoped for, but Singer's vision of the Man Of Steel is an heroic effort. Plenty of spectacle and a lot of heart helps Kal-El soar. Read Review

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Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Director: Richard Thorpe
Elvis plays up to his rock 'n' roll bad-boy image as a former lag who gets into the music biz, becomes famous and grows a hell of an ego. Featuring a bunch of classic tunes, it's The King's best movie.

Sideways (2004)
Director: Alexander Payne
Wine, women and a right old ding-dong are the driving forces behind this excellent midlife-crisis road movie, so impactful it put millions off Merlot forever. Read Review

In The Company Of Men (1997)
Director: Neil LaBute
Squirmy satire abounds in LaBute's all-too-recognisable tale of two corporate men's bullying of a deaf female colleague. Read Review

Amores Perros (2000)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
It's a dog-eat-dog world in this superb, multi-stranded drama. Man's best friend (and one car crash) may provide the connection between three disparate people, but it's the director's assured control that keeps it all together. Read Review

Ben-Hur (1959)
Director: William Wyler
Wyler's version of Lew Wallace's novel may have been the third adaptation to hit the big screen but, boy, was it the biggest. A huge budget and an exhausting shoot were rewarded with 11 Oscars and an epic for the ages. Read Review

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