1. The Cider House Rules
In this Academy Award™ winning film, Maguire plays Homer Wells, an orphan who is apprenticing his orphanage's director in his underground abortion practice. With stunning cinematography and a beautiful soundtrack, this film touches themes like the morality of abortion, drug use, illness, and family. Maguire delivers a heartbreaking performance.
2. The Ice Storm
This coming-of-age film, set in the 1970s, stars Maguire as a college student who encounters family drama while home during an Ice Storm on Thanksgiving break. Directed by the visionary Ang Lee, The Ice Storm is an intimate movie that explores familiar fears and struggles. It also features interesting dialogue and unique, three dimensional female characters.
A cinematic triumph, Pleasantville boasts a stellar cast and utilizes the juxtaposition of color and black and white film with poignant results. Maguire plays a nerdy high school senior who is transported into the black and white world of his favorite Leave It To Beaver-esque television show. Transported back into "utopia", Maguire and the other characters start to see the importance of pain in creating love, the value of art, the dangers of censorship, and experience sexuality to colorful effects.
4. Wonder Boys
This film, highlighting the worlds of academia and publishing, features Maguire in a strong supporting role as a luminary undergraduate creative writing student. Michael Douglas plays his advisor, who is struggling to produce quality work. Maguire does an excellent job of portraying his character's balance between impulsive detachment from reality and sheer writing talent.
Tobey's performance in the first two movies shows why he is the superior Spider-Man. His physical demeanor is perfect for the role, as is his ability to weigh Peter's humor with humility and love for his family.
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