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Geena Davis and Matthew Modine star in Renny Harlin's "Cutthroat Island," the notoriously unpopular 1995 film that once held the world record for most money lost by a film ($105 million).

Class of 1995: ‘Cutthroat Island’

“Cutthroat Island" isn't the landlubber suggested by its bad reputation. But if all involved knew they were going broke, they should have gone for broke.
The blurred line between reality and fiction plays havoc with the mind of insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill, center) in John Carpenter's 1995 horror film "In the Mouth of Madness," a New Line Cinema production.

Class of 1995: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’

Largely lost during the '90s' lap of luxury, John Carpenter's horror parable for a world whittling away until *you* are an abnormality hits close to home today.

Ben Mendelsohn (center) and Ryan Reynolds play a pair of hard-luck gamblers in 2015's "Mississippi Grind," an A24 release co-directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Mississippi Grind

Career-best work by Ryan Reynolds & Ben Mendelsohn carries an unhurried, empathetic gambling drama that stays at the table a bit too long to achieve greatness.
Verna Bloom (left) and Griffin Dunne star in 1985's "After Hours," a comedy directed by Martin Scorsese.

Class of 1985: ‘After Hours’

Though far from flawless as a comedy, Martin Scorsese’s use of the form as catharsis to shake off his setbacks makes "After Hours" its own sort of masterpiece.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit in Tri-Star Pictures' "The Walk" — director Robert Zemeckis's 3-D depiction of Petit's legendary walk between the World Trade Center towers.

The Walk

Although cartoonish qualities sometimes belie its confidence, “The Walk” stands solidly on its own as a thoughtful, crowd-pleasing complement to “Man on Wire.”
Kara (Ignacia Allamand) leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some Amazonian locals in Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno," a Universal Pictures release.

The Green Inferno

“The Green Inferno” is both a furious, full-stop cannibal horror show and a way for director Eli Roth to ferociously gnaw at meat on the bones he has to pick.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as expedition group leader Scott Fischer in "Everest," an adventure drama based on true events and directed by Baltasar Kormakur.


A technically magnificent, frighteningly immersive and solidly acted drama about the irresistible force of commerce meeting Mother Nature's immovable object.
From left, Dennis Hopper, John Stockwell, Danielle von Zerneck and Fisher Stevens star in "My Science Project," a 1985 sci-fi comedy directed by Jonathan R. Betuel.

Class of 1985: ‘Real Genius’ / ‘My Science Project’

From a banner year for sci-fi comedies, Nick takes a look at one of the greatest ... and one of the not-so-greatest.