Director: Philip Lord and Chris Miller
Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson

When the idea of a "LEGO Movie" first hit the internet, most people were confused. Would it be a tutorial? Would it be poorly animated LEGO people just living the life? No. Instead, the film was this: a seriously deep lesson on how you can be awesome if you're yourself, and you try your hardest. And it wasn't poorly animated.

Anyone who's ever played a LEGO video game can attest to the weirdly enjoyable experience. It should be bad. It should just be a pretty easy buck to earn from children of the middle class, who's parents have a little extra cash and little less love to throw around. "Oh, LEGO Harry Potter? That's good, safe, clean fun where we don't have to watch you and mommy can drink until you finish the game!"

But The LEGO Movie is actually fantastic. It has all your favorite characters, because LEGO has the rights to them (Batman, Wonderwoman, the Lord of the Rings wizard, Shaq) and even features the classic LEGO pieces you grew up playing with. That is to say, it proves to be a nostalgic adventure for the older crowd forced to take their children and the adult-kids who never really grew up.

The LEGO Movie is hilarious in an entirely earnest way that's hard to explain. Considering it's led by Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation fame, allow us to explain it this way: it's the Andy Dwyer of movies. It has jokes for the adults in the audience, but never jokes that would make kids feel bad about not being able to catch on, and it provides an inspirational message at the end. Be who you are, and people will love you. Hope Schreiber