Friday's Top Five: High school reunions we want to see
March 30th, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: High school reunions we want to see

High school is the stage upon which many life-long memories, both good and bad, play out - and no one knows this better than Hollywood.

Some of the best movies and TV shows have been set in fictional high school classrooms, whether the intent is to inspire, a la "Stand and Deliver," petrify (for some reason, "The Craft" is coming to mind), invoke sentimentality or light-heartedly mock the truisms of being a teen.

When a TV show or movie gets it right, we tend to become so attached to those characters that we'd happily tune in or plunk down a movie admission fee to see how they turned out after graduation.

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Friday Top Five: Survival stories
March 23rd, 2012
11:43 AM ET

Friday Top Five: Survival stories

One might argue that “The Hunger Games” is the most eagerly anticipated adaptation since “Twilight” or “Harry Potter.”

The film, based off Suzanne Collins' young adult novel, is set in a post-apocalyptic society where 12- to 18-year olds are forced into a televised battle to the death. An original plot, for sure, but the survival theme certainly isn't new to cinema.

Many movies pit protagonists against one another, the forces of nature or government agencies. But whether the story is based on fact or fiction, the main character often has to struggle to survive. Here are some of our favorite survival stories:

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Friday Top Five: TV at the Movies
March 16th, 2012
02:04 PM ET

Friday Top Five: TV at the Movies

Jonah Hill’s “21 Jump Street” movie arrives in theaters today, and there's no doubt that when some of us saw the trailers for this comedy, we were understandably confused.

“Wait, wasn’t that TV show pretty serious? Didn’t it star a young, brooding Johnny Depp?” Why yes, it was and it did.

When a TV show gets remade as a movie, sometimes all bets are off. It can stick as close to or veer as far from the source material as it wants. Since we seem to be living through an endless string of these remakes, don’t expect it to change anytime soon.

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Friday’s Top Five: March Madness edition
March 9th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Friday’s Top Five: March Madness edition

On Sunday night, the match-ups will be made and March Madness will officially begin. Sports headlines will be consumed by brackets, buzzer-beaters and basketball through early April.

It may not be America’s pastime - or have Madonna performing at halftime shows - but when the calendar flips to March, college basketball turns into a dramatic, pop culture spectacle.

For this week’s top five, it would be a shame on the eve of March Madness not to reflect on memorable basketball movies.These films, like the sport that they glorify, have entertained us with a very simple formula: a basket, a ball and a game filled with heartache and hope.

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Friday's Top Five: Superhero movies
March 2nd, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Superhero movies

With Super Tuesday right around the corner, we could talk about memorable movie presidents or political thrillers.

Except I could use a break from politics, as I'm sure you could too, at this point.

So let’s discuss a somewhat related, if not slightly far-fetched, topic like superheroes. If you’re not willing to accept that the two are connected, let’s just agree that it’s a more fun use of the word "super."

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Friday's Top Five: Overrated Oscar winners
February 24th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Overrated Oscar winners

Where have all the good movies gone this year?

I know, I know - I'm sure "Hugo" is magical, "War Horse" is heartwarming and "The Artist" is a beautiful picture. But I find it appalling that the Academy has the nerve to nominate nine best pictures when there's been an overwhelming absence of good movies lately.

For the past few years, to me at least, Hollywood has not really produced anything on a consistent basis worth going to see in theaters. Instead, Redboxes are filled with tween fairy tales and pointless sequels, of which the originals weren’t that good in the first place.

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