The Hunt for Red October ★★★★★

Current events, and my impotence in the face of them, had me scrambling for a "comfort food" movie, and this is a good one. Not as well-known or beloved as McTiernan's '80s action films (Die Hard, Predator), this film is nevertheless more ambitious, complex, and ultimately more satisfying than the ones which came before it. It also, thankfully, omits the racism and nationalism of the original Tom Clancy novel, making it age a good deal better than its source material. A brilliant cast, a gorgeous score, and top-notch special effects which still hold up flawlessly round out the reasons you should seek out this film immediately, if you've not already done so.