Movies aren't just a great way to while away an hour or two. They're not just time wasters—well, to be fair, some of them are, but we digress. What we're saying is, movies are stories. They're the tales of relatable characters overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, fulfilling their various destinies, pursuing various quests, achieving various goals. We're not trying to be dramatic or anything (for once in our lives), but movies are a big deal because, while they are meant to entertain us, we truly grow to love some of them because we find pieces of ourselves in.
Ah, but where would movies be, and, in turn, where would we be, were it not for the talented actors and actresses who take on these many parts and play such an integral role in bringing us these memorable stories? We're not saying celebrities are the be all, end all. There are other things we should focus on, and we're not about idealizing people. But, we're all for giving credit where it's due, and we think these talented people deserve a round of applause. Time for some fun, so step right up! Play "Seen it or Not" with these movies, and we'll guess everyone's favorite actress!
After being invaded by Earthlings for its abundant resources, the planet Pandora and its citizens, the Na'vi, find themselves in jeopardy. But, when veteran Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) regains his ability to walk thanks to a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana), the two team up to save Pandora, and wind up falling in love in the process.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Logan Lerman stars as Charlie, a socially awkward high school student who has trouble making friends. Spying him sitting on the sidelines are Sam and Patrick (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, respectively), a pair of charismatic step-siblings who take Charlie under their wing and help him loosen up. Their friendship gives Charlie the courage he needs to face his dark past.
A movie about Hank Hill's dog—no, no, wait! Lady Bird follows the story of Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a stubborn and opinionated teenager and native to Sacramento, who desperately wants to go to a college on the East Coast. But her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), who works tirelessly and pretty much thanklessly to give her daughter a better life, has different ideas.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a professional thief who has capitalized off of his rare ability to enter other people's dreams by learning and then selling their secrets to interested parties. After years of violating people's privacy, Dom gets a chance at redemption, and, with the help of a team of specialists, endeavors to plant an idea in someone else's mind.
Toy Story 3
In this, the third installment of the much loved Toy Story series, Woody, Buzz and the gang are accidentally donated to a daycare as Andy (now 18) packs up his stuff and gets ready to go to college. Will the gang be able to make it back to him in time? Pfft! Like we're gonna spoil the ending!
A giant shark is making a real nuisance of itself, to put things mildly. The mischievous, downright monstrous great white has been doing its shark thing at a beach in New England, and it's up to ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and ship captain, Quint (Robert Shaw) to capture Jaws and put an end to the torment.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wizard and magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York City, where he plans to continue his pursuit of magical creatures and release a few in his collection back into the wild. Things take a turn for the whimsical when one of Newt's more wily creatures escapes, resulting in a run in with the law.
Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is an enthusiastic, optimistic 11-year-old girl who loves her life in the Midwest, where she enjoys playing hockey. But, her life is turned upside down when her parents decide to uproot and move to bustling San Francisco. Riley's emotions struggle to help her come to terms with the major life change.
On her very first shuttle mission, medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is out with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) making a routine spacewalk when suddenly, the plot arrives, and their shuttle is unexpectedly lost. Stranded in space, they must venture even deeper into the unknown the hopes that, in doing so, they'll be be able to make it back to earth.
After a betrayal in her youth—the lowest kind of betrayal, too, 'cause it was her true love who twisted that knife into her back—Maleficent embarks on a quest for revenge against her ex lover, who is now a king. She sets her sights on his young daughter, placing a curse on the princess and casting her into a deep sleep.
Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man, who is now living with his Aunt May, and also being mentored by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Obviously, certain challenges come with being a teenage superhero, and Peter does his best to cope. He tries to keep his personal life separate from his superhero stuff, but, well, it's just hard, is all!
Two nights before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) heads out with his three friends, Phil, Stu and Allan (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, respectively). The four guys party hard and pass out, but when Phil, Stu and Allan wake up, they realize Doug has gone missing. Antics and hilarity ensue.
No Country for Old Men
While out in the desert, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon the aftermath of an illegial substance deal gone bad, and makes the poor decision to take the bagful of money he finds with him. Will seasoned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) be able to protect Moss from hardened criminals, like the incredibly unsettling Chigurh (Javier Bardem)? We're not telling.
Back to the Future
After being hurtled back in time thanks to his eccentric friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), and one tricked out DeLorean—which, oh, yeah! Is a time machine—Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) tries to play matchmaker to his own parents and get "back to the future" to save his mad scientist friends from a group of angry plutonium dealers.
Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, a talented getaway driver for criminal mastermind, Doc (Kevin Spacey). How is baby so great at his job, you ask? Because instead of worrying about what's going on around him, he just pops in his earbuds and listens to the playlist he's carefully constructed for each job.
Mad Max: Fury Road
It's been years since the collapse of civilization, and in that time, the world has been enslaved by a guy named Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), which, by the way, is such a pretty name. Joe finds a challenger in a warrior named Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), which is an equally pretty name, and there are cars and a desert and futuristic apocalyptic action stuff.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
As a child, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) witnesses the offing of her own mother, and is soon separated from her father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), who is then forced to work as the lead engineer for the Empire. Some 20 years later, Jyn breaks free and joins a group of fellow rogues to steal her father's plans for the Empire's most powerful armament.
Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is the first rabbit to land a position on the police force in the fictional (as if you might've thought it was a real place) town of Zootopia. In an effort to prove herself, she volunteers to tackle a mystery, which means teaming up with the very difficult to work with, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fox who lives to make Judy's job harder.
Sam and Suzy (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, respectively) may very well be a couple of 12-year-olds, but they are IN LOVE, gosh dang it, and they ARE going to be together! Sam escapes from summer camp, Suzy runs away from home, they meet up and try to rough it on their own, meanwhile, the adults in charge of them lose their minds looking for them.
When Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) arrive at the coolest new restaurant in town for a date night, they think they're going to leave disappointed when they're told they need a reservation. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, Phil lies and takes somebody else's table, but the plan goes sour when the married couple encounters two men demanding they hand over a hard drive.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
As the bass guitarist for a garage rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has no trouble finding dates. But, things get complicated for the guy when a girl named Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) steals his heart, and he has to duke it out with all of her ex boyfriends, who have no intention of letting her go.
The Lego Movie
Emmett (Christ Pratt) is your average Lego man whose life changes for the better when he is mistaken for "the Special", a Lego superhero of sorts who has the power to save the world. With the help of other lovable Lego characters, Emmett embarks on the journey of a lifetime, and shares a few laughs along the way.
Based on the 1993 young adult novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver follows the story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a teenage boy who lives in a utopian world that embraces conformity. Jonas is chosen by the elders of his community to be the next Receiver of Memory, so he begins to take lessons from the Giver, who reveals to Jonas the truths and secrets unknown to the other members of the community, which, uh...leads to some issues.
Based on Stephen King's classic novel of the same name, It tells the story of a highly upsetting clown (aren't they all, though?) named Pennywise who lives in a storm drain and tries to lure little kids into it and, yeah, if this doesn't raise some red flags, we don't know what will.
Over the course of 700 years, all spent completely alone on a deserted planet earth collecting waste and refuse, Wall-E has developed a personality of his own, and has come to realize that he's rather lonely. Fortunately for this adorable little robot, he finds love in the form of a EVE (Elissa Knight), a robot sent back to earth on a scanning mission.
Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a retired auto mechanic and war vet who is more than a little prejudiced against the people in his neighborhood. But when his community is threatened by a group of hoodlums bent on stealing his treasured Gran Torino, he's forced to forge an unlikely alliance with his neighbors.
After a car accident renders his hands useless, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses faith in conventional medicine and seeks help from a mysterious and mystical enclave. As he learns about the world of magic and discovers alternate dimensions, Dr. Strange takes the dark forces of the various worlds head on in a classic battle of good vs. plot device.
On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Though the pair took care to keep up appearances in public, their image soon unravels as Nick becomes the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance and their house of lies comes tumbling down.
La La Land
A jazz pianist named Sebastian (but we all know it's really Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress named Mia (but we all know it's really Emma Stone) bond over the fact that they both have dreams, but trying to make it in L.A. is super hard, and grow closer thanks to dance routines and musical numbers.
Jon (Bill Weasley—uh, we mean, Domhnall Gleeson) is an aspiring musician and songwriter who gets a lot more than he bargained for when he joins a pop group led by a guy named Frank (Michael Fassbender). Frank is...well, he's a little different because he wears a giant fake head, and it's...what's a nice word for "nuttier than all get out"?
Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) has lived a sheltered life, due to her parents' mistaken belief that she had a heart defect. As a result, she lives a lonely life, which she copes with by creating an imaginary world in which she creates stories for the people around her, and she dedicates her life to helping others, and finds love along the way.
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper and Melissa McCarthy star in Bridesmaids, a film about a woman who's about to get married and invites her friends to the bachelorette party of a lifetime. Shenaniganry happens, as one might expect of a 2011 comedy flick directed by Paul Feig. Lots of meme material in this one.
Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a socially awkward teen who doesn't really fit in with the other kids at his high school—not that he cares. But, he soon finds a friend in new student, Pedro Sanchez (Efren Ramirez), and the two win everyone over through the power of dance and student council elections.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore, a heartsick, recently divorced guy who writes personal letters for people for a living. He finds himself falling on love once again—this time with an intuitive and playful operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and, gosh, we tried really hard to make that sound NOT weird, but it just didn't work out.
Brennan and Dale (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, respectively) are FAR less than stoked to learn that their parents are going to tie the knot, making them *gulps* step brothers. The oversized man babies bicker and bond, by turns, and, after their arguing pulls their new family apart, they decide to team up to bring everyone back together again.