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Shawshank Redemption
Rated #2 on the Top 250 Movies of all time at IMDB.com, this is my favorite movie of all time. I believe that this film is the best story ever told, and here's why I think that.

The movie focuses on Tim Robbins, who plays Andy Dufresne, a city banker, wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. He is sent to Shawshank Prison and receives a double life sentence for the crime. Andy forms an unlikely friendship with Red, played by Morgan Freeman, the man who knows how to get things. Andy faces many trials in prison, but forms an alliance with the wardens because he is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes. I could go into further detail, but I'd rather not give away any spoilers.

The twists were unexpected, an although this film had a familiar feel, it wasn't even slightly pretentious or cliched, it was original. The one thing which makes this movie stand above all other films, is the attention given to the story. The film depends on the story and the way in which it unravels. I think the directors from the hit TV show Prison Break watched this movie several times, because there are several similiarities that exist between the two.

Thoroughly recommended. For what my rating is worth, I give this movie two thumbs up.

The Prestige
This was a mostly unknown movie that came out towards the end of 2006, directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins). Staring actors such as Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Michael Caine. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Priest, and is focused on the rivalry of two young magicians. The plot lays out hints for many layers of secrets, which by the end of the movie will make the viewer go "Ohhhh... so that's why..". The movie also maniuplates who you view as the good guy and bad. At one point the viewer might be rooting for one character but by the end your opinion might have changed twice. The scenes are not chronologically ordered but are lain out perfectly to keep the pace suspenseful, similar to that of Memento. The only problem is that there is a plot hole regarding Tesla and the machine if one catches it, but that aside the movie is perfect. Definitely one of my top 5 movies.

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