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The Ultimate Star Wars Final Face-Off

The Ultimate Star Wars Final Face-Off

Two weeks ago, we here at Sundance asked you to pick two contenders — one from the light side of the Force, one from the dark side — for the ultimate battle of Star Wars good and evil. The results are in for our two finalists, and they carry what may come as a surprise final contender. But before we make that reveal, let’s go through the rounds and the brackets and cover each battle.

The 4 Rob Reiner Movies You Must See Before You Die

The 4 Rob Reiner Movies You Must See Before You Die

These days, you might think of Rob Reiner as Jordan Belfort’s foul-mouthed father in The Wolf of Wall Street. But in the 1980s, he directed a series of brilliant movies that have all earned a rightful place in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here are the four Reiner films most worth checking out.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About “Mad Max”

10 Things You Didn’t Know About “Mad Max”

“Mad Max” introduced the world to a young Mel Gibson and putting Australian cinema on the map in 1979. But what you might not realize is just how tirelessly the movie’s cast and crew worked to turn limited resources into groundbreaking cinema. Here are 10 surprising tidbits about the making of “Mad Max.”

Blast From the Past: Top 10 Movies of 1983

Blast From the Past: Top 10 Movies of 1983

The year was 1983. The Police and Michael Jackson ruled the music charts. On the small screen, we said goodbye to M*A*S*H and hello to Fraggle Rock. And at the cineplex, we got to see some of the best movies of our time. In honor of a crazy year with even crazier movies, here’s a list of some of our favorites 1983 films for you to remember.

Ooh La La! The 10 Sexiest Movies in French Cinema

Ooh La La! The 10 Sexiest Movies in French Cinema

French filmmakers have been pushing sexual boundaries on the big screen for decades. If you need a lesson in hot French cinema, consider these 10 sultry movies, including “Last Tango in Paris” and “Belle de Jour,” your intro into sexy French cinema. As they say in France, yowza!

Top 10 Must-See Horror Movies of the Last 25 Years

Top 10 Must-See Horror Movies of the Last 25 Years

In the last 25 years, filmmakers have devised ever more frightening ways to scare audiences into a screaming frenzy. Here are 10 of these terrifying modern-day classics, all of which are found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Bad Heir Day: 10 Royal Family Scandals in the Movies

Bad Heir Day: 10 Royal Family Scandals in the Movies

Sitting on a throne all day isn’t as easy as it seems and even monarchies are no strangers to drama. From “The Bank Job” to “The Man in the Iron Mask,” Here are 10 juicy movies all about royal scandals and secrets.

8 Unintentionally Homoerotic Movies That Heat Up the Screen

8 Unintentionally Homoerotic Movies That Heat Up the Screen

Once you start looking for homoerotic subtexts between male characters in movies, you’ll find them everywhere. From “Top Gun” to “Reservoir Dogs,” unintentionally romantic relationships have been percolating in plain sight for decades. Don’t just take our word for it; check out these 10 totally-not-gay movies and see for yourself.

Adult Entertainment: 6 Must-See Movies That Rate NC-17 at the Very Least

Adult Entertainment: 6 Must-See Movies That Rate NC-17 at the Very Least

Occasionally a movie comes along that’s as morally shocking as it is artistically profound. Such films often find themselves saddled with an NC-17 rating (or, in olden days, an X). Here are six illicit flicks that became art-house favorites despite their dreaded NC-17 or X ratings.

Sundance Channel Global Launches 2015 Shorts Competition

Sundance Channel Global Launches 2015 Shorts Competition

Sundance Channel Global announced the launch of the 2015 Sundance Channel Shorts competition. The Grand Jury Prize winner’s film will be broadcast on Sundance Channel later this year and screened at a special event in London hosted by Sundance Institute in June.

What’s Your Early 2000s Movie IQ?

What’s Your Early 2000s Movie IQ?

So you survived Y2K and then what? Everyone was watching “Saw” and, well, that Nicholas Sparks movie. But who took home the Oscar that year? Find out how much do you remember about what happened in the next decade? Quiz yourself!

Which Robert Downey Jr. Character Are You?

Which Robert Downey Jr. Character Are You?

Think you’re Iron Man? (Everybody does.) If you don’t watch out though, you might find out you’re more like Julian Wells from “Less Than Zero”! Take the quiz to find out which Robert Downey Jr. character you really are.

5 Reasons Why Jason Momoa Is the Perfect Aquaman

5 Reasons Why Jason Momoa Is the Perfect Aquaman

With Jason Momoa set to portray the Justice League’s Aquaman in a series of upcoming comic-book movies, let’s take a look at what makes Momoa so uniquely qualified for this superhero role.

Use the Force: Determine the Ultimate "Star Wars" Character

Use the Force: Determine the Ultimate "Star Wars" Character

On the fourth of May, fans of the "Star Wars" universe employ a questionable pun ("May the fourth be with you!") as an excuse engage in a celebration of droids, darths and deep geekery of their favorite science fiction movies, books and shows. Hence, we give you these tournaments for you to choose the ultimate evil (think Darth Vader, Storm Troopers or Jabba the Hutt) or good (Yoda, Chewbacca or Luke) characters.

10 Actors Who Died Too Young

10 Actors Who Died Too Young

There are few things as exciting in Hollywood as a hot, young talent on the rise. Because of that, few things feel as tragic as the news that another cinematic star has left us far too soon. Here are ten stars who took their final bows while they were still way too young.

The Kick-Ass Women of Joss Whedon

The Kick-Ass Women of Joss Whedon

Whether he's writing, directing, producing or doing all three, Joss Whedon is known for creating female characters who are refreshingly complex and empowered—especially when they’re kicking ass. In anticipation of Whedon’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron," here are some of our favorite ass-kicking female characters (Buffy included, naturally) from the Whedonverse.

Which Film in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Most Deserves Being on the Cover?

Which Film in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Most Deserves Being on the Cover?

You think the selection process is tough for “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” imagine how much harder it is for the cover (which only gets ONE movie). Some of the choices seem obvious (“Star Wars,” “The Dark Knight”). Others likely feel more controversial (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Get Carter”). Looking at the choices below which one do you pick if YOU had to choose the cover image?

Isn’t That Novel? 10 Books in Movies We Wish Were Real

Isn’t That Novel? 10 Books in Movies We Wish Were Real

From A Match Made in Space (“Back to the Future”) to Misery’s Child (“Misery”), there a slew of books featured in some of our favorite movies and they actually look, well, good. . Here are ten we totally wish we could add to our shelves.

Saddle Up! 10 Great Westerns You Must See Before You Die

Saddle Up! 10 Great Westerns You Must See Before You Die

electing from “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” these are ten of the greatest oaters ever made. They range from golden age classics like “High Noon” to recent revisionist dramas by Clint Eastwood like “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” and all are noted in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Hot Damn! Top 10 Booty Calls in the Movies

Hot Damn! Top 10 Booty Calls in the Movies

“Bridesmaids,” “Love, Actually,” “When Harry Met Sally…” Here are 10 movies that expertly capture what a one night stands (or attempts at having them) are really like.

Must-See Native American Documentaries

Must-See Native American Documentaries

Indigenous peoples’ histories and stories in America have been narrowly defined by the Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny—or simply Cowboys and Indians. But now Indigenous filmmakers have been telling their own stories and changing that definition. Here are 10 documentaries, from “Trudell” to “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” that flip the script.

What the Helleth Was That? The 7 Weirdest Movies That Rip-Off Shakespeare

What the Helleth Was That? The 7 Weirdest Movies That Rip-Off Shakespeare

Shakespeare with robots (“Forbidden Planet”), vampires (“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead), soft-core porn (“Tromeo & Juliet”), and poisoned beer (“Strange Brew”).

Top Ten Movies to Watch Just for the Scenery

Top Ten Movies to Watch Just for the Scenery

Sometimes a movie’s scenery and landscapes are so stunning, they make the plot seem secondary. Movies like “Easy Rider” inspired dreams of Route 66 and “Under the Tuscan Sun” had everyone plotting a move to Italy. Here are 10 examples—some of which scored Oscar for Best Cinematography—that inspire world travelers to pack up their bags and head off to some of the prettiest places on the planet.

10 Times We Wouldn’t Want to Be James Franco

10 Times We Wouldn’t Want to Be James Franco

James Franco might be one of the beautiful people, but on-screen it’s not all Ivy League educations and art projects. Whether they wear manic smiles or smoldering glares, Franco’s characters tend to get put through the ringer, though never the same way twice. Let’s take a look at “127 Hours,” “Spider-Man,” and “Spring Breakers” … and that’s just a start.

Hard as Nails: Gene Hackman’s Four Best Movie Roles

Hard as Nails: Gene Hackman’s Four Best Movie Roles

Gene Hackman appeared in some of the best movies of the 1970s and produced a body of work over the course of 40 years that few stars’ careers can compare. A number of movies stand out, including “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The French Connection,” “The Conversation” and “Unforgiven,” all of which are included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”