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Five movies for guys' night
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Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans (2000). - photo by Disney

THE MAN CAVE -- If you are planning on hanging out with the guys this weekend and are still looking for something to do, why not watch a good, old feature film? Here are five great choices all the guys will love.

Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back

There has been a lot of hype around the seventh chapter of the Star Wars epic set to be released next year. So what better time to revisit the original trilogy that started it all? If you don’t have nine hours to kill with the guys, just go straight to the best of the best: “The Empire Strikes Back.”

As the Rebels continue to fight against the Empire, Luke pursues his Jedi training from Master Yoda. Many of the most iconic moments from Star Wars come from this episode, including one of the most shocking cinematic reveals -- Luke’s true parentage. It’s a classic space adventure everyone will love.

“Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back” is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 9+.

Remember the Titans

Don’t want to show your nerdy side? Take a chance on one of the best sports dramas ever made. “Remember the Titans” is based on the true story of the T.C. Williams High School football team, the first school in Virginia to racially integrate students in class as well as on the field.

Coaches Herman Boone and Bill Yoast lead their team to the state championship, something most thought was impossible. But even more important than that, these coaches teach their players to “judge the soul of a man, instead of his look.”

This movie has everything the guys will love. There’s great football, comedy, classic music and a spectacular story that is sure to inspire.

“Remember the Titans” is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 10+.

The Dark Knight

Almost every guy wanted to be a superhero at one point in his childhood. If you ever dressed up in a cape and ran around the house rescuing distressed citizens, Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight” is right up your alley.

When Batman is pitted against The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, the whole city of Gotham is at stake. Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Dent are all pushed to the edge in their determination to save the people of Gotham.

“The Dark Knight” is the middle chapter in Nolan’s trilogy and it is intense from beginning to end. If you are looking for a thriller with dark twists and turns, this is the movie to pick.

“The Dark Knight” is 88 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 14+.

Saving Private Ryan

Arguably the best depiction of World War II, “Saving Private Ryan” is a movie every man should see at least once. A group of U.S. soldiers are given an assignment to retrieve a young paratrooper behind enemy lines. Once complete, the men are promised to return home.

Known for its very realistic portrayal of war, there are some scenes that may be too graphic or intense for some audiences. Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Paul Giamatti, “Saving Private Ryan” is full of incredible talent that makes this drama extremely moving and powerful.

“Saving Private Ryan” is 90 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 17+.

Gladiator

Maximus is betrayed by the son of the emperor, Commodus, who murdered the wife and child of the once admired Roman general. When he is taken into slavery, Maximus becomes a gladiator and quickly rises through the ranks, seeking to avenge the death of his family.

Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix star in the epic drama directed by Ridley Scott. The film can get quite graphic, especially the battles in the arena, and there is some profanity as well.

Exploring what makes a good man, a good ruler and a good nation, “Gladiator” is far more than the story of a single man out for revenge.

“Gladiator” is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 17+.

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