Maverick

Always bet on Jodie Foster.

I firmly believe the two-time Oscar winner is the best actress of her generation — a woman who wowed as a child and an adult.

While this lighthearted comedy adventure in the Wild West might not be her deepest movie, it remains frothy fun a couple of decades after it hit the silver screen.

And yes, I get that a lot of people have a different opinion on Mel Gibson in 2020 than they did in ’94.

But for me, this was always about Foster (and the forever-charming James Garner), so I shall allow my love to abide.

Guys and Dolls

“Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat.”

Guys and Dolls features two of the biggest male stars to ever make movies, but it’s Stubby Kaye who steals the spotlight, at least for a song.

Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra got the big paycheck, but it was a Broadway vet, playing the role he originated on the stage, who gets my favorite moment in this bouncy musical.

As genial gambler Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Kaye shows the matinee idols how it’s done.

He was on a highway to Hell, only now he’s been saved, and the dice are rollin’ hot in Heaven.