Seven (aka Se7en) (1995): Fincher’s Brilliant Serial Killer Thriller, Starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey

Dark, grim, claustrophobic, scary–and brilliant–the serial killer “Seven” is David Fincher’s second film, a promising follow-up to 1992 debut “Alien3.”

Million Dollar Baby (2004): Clint Eastwood’s Masterpiece Oscar Card, Starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

Million Dollar Baby is an extremely well-directed and well-acted film in which the first reel is formulaic a la Rocky, the second reel a good boxing melodrama a la Girl Fight, and the third reel an intimate drama that matches in intensity Ingmar Bergman's best work.