Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
As the theme song to the original TV cartoon of the same name goes, “They’re heroes in a half shell, and they’re green!” Celebrate these classic characters before Michael Bay turns them into aliens.
The Fighter (2010)
Now that you’ve watched some turtles do some ninja kicks, why not turn your attention to humans boxing? Director David O. Russell’s award-winning walk through the life of former champ “Irish” Micky Ward is one of the great sports movies of the 21st century, and features some great performances by Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and those women who play Wahlberg’s sisters.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Confusingly, this is not a film about the things that lurk in R. Kelly’s closet. Rather, it’s a wonderful animated bit of Irish folklore about the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels in the New Testament. Come for the trippy, gorgeous style, stay for the deft (and efficient!) storytelling.