3. Hugo (2011)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Christopher Lee
Martin Scorsese has never met a cinematic challenge he didn't want to take on. When word spread that the master of mob movies had chosen to adapt Brian Selznick's family-friendly book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, many heads were scratched. But when it was revealed that the 10-time Oscar nominee planned to shoot the film in 3D in order to re-create 1930s Paris, where the titular orphan (Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station, the all-ages venture began to generate some excitement.
In the hands of Scorsese, the medium is (unsurprisingly) elevated, capturing the unique sense of place, time, and fantasy put forth by the novel. At an early DGA screening of the film in Los Angeles, Mr. 3D himself—James Cameron—deemed the film a "masterpiece," calling is the best use of 3D he had seen (yes, even counting his own films).