Must See: SolarisMust-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Solaris
Date: 1972

Vitals:Andrei Tarkovsky's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's novel called The Soviet 2001; some would argue it's better as a movie. A group of astronauts are sent to find out what happened to a previous mission to an alien planet covered in an ocean of organic matter that may be reaching out to the astronaut's dreams.

Famous Names: Andrei Tartovsky (Director, Co-writer).

Crunchy Goodness: 4

Re-makes: Steven Soderbergh's 2002 re-make was surprisingly good ... but died at the box office, as people don't want to see George Clooney confront the existential problems of the universe.

Most Painfully Dated Moment: Actually, the whole movie is pretty damn Soviet.

Life Lesson: Talk things over with your loved ones before you have to do it as part of a telepathically-induced hallucination.

Review of Solaris at the Sci-Fi Movie Page