Darkest Hour

So many people to save, so little time.

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With an impossible task ahead, Winston Churchill is promoted to the role of Prime Minister, will little hope of resolve in the impending doom of WWII.

Gary Oldman takes center stage as Churchill to bring one of the greatest stories in recent history to the big screen, and I can think of no better man to do it.

A story as well known as this one is always somewhat difficult to reinvent and captivate, but director Joe Wright seems to have taken it in his stride, with the minor details becoming major details in this most unusual retelling of history.

What begins as a nose dive into a war engulfed Britain, soon becomes a noisy mess, as viewers are resigned to witness a slow slog of heavy dialogue, which makes this film feel like a long haul flight with no sign of any available parachutes.

Though this film may lag at points, the overall content provides an insight into one of the greatest minds this country has ever seen and reveals the baffling conflict of WWII politics, as the brunt of war is encrypted in secrecy.

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Coco

Death is but the next great adventure; in a world full of life, the perils of death never seem too far away.

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Music is a bit of sore subject in Miguel’s family, which wouldn’t be a problem if he didn’t want to be a musician, but he does, and so it is.

In an act of rebellion, Miguel strikes at the core of his families morals and runs away in an attempt to enter a music competition on the day of the dead; unfortunately all does not go to plan and Miguel finds himself in the land of the dead amongst his ancestors with a lot of explaining to do.

Death is not a subject that many animators could tackle, but this Disney Pixar collaboration does so with so beautifully crafted precision that one almost forgets that death is at the heart of this majestically orchestrated animation.

From endearing characters to unapologetic honesty, the film breaches the gap between fantasy and reality with such effortless ease, you don’t even remember it happening.

This film is as important to the younger generation, as it is to the old, with the act of remembrance striking at the core of one’s very being.

No one wants to be forgotten, and this animated wonderland reinforces the importance of why.

Wonder

Life is a tough enough battle to fight as it is, but it becomes an uphill battle when societies concept of normalcy is comprised.

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August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), is, in all other aspects of his life, a perfectly ‘normal’ 10-year-old boy, except for one small insignificant aspect; he doesn’t exactly look normal. Since his inception into this world, August has battled with a rare genetic disorder which resulted in facial abnormalities.

The film takes on Augusts’ struggles as he navigates his way through Middle School, and tackles unforgiving hardships on his way to igniting friendships.

Straight from the pages of R.J. Palacio’s book ‘Wonder’, director, Stephen Chbosky, doesn’t shy away from the unrelenting sadness of the storyline, but instead embraces it with both hands, showing August’s life as he retreats into the shadows and braves the light.

With Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson taking the lead roles as August’s parents, the film is able to create a feeling of deep empathy that reverberates through the audience and hits the pit of one’s heart, as the realization of impact for August’s family is nothing short of devastatingly beautiful.

This film is not only an important discovery for the unrealistic expectations of Hollywood cinema, but also provides an unwavering glimpse into societal perceptions, which are as far from accepting as can be.

Justice League

Teamwork makes the dream work; especially when saving the world.

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Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, the Flash (and maybe Superman) take on a villain that’s out of this (literally), in a fight that’s sure to go down in some sort of superhero history book somewhere.

Though the CGI is horrendous and at times the acting is just as unbelievable, the storyline is filled with action-induced excitement and puts the DC franchise on the right track for eventually catching up to Marvel Mania.

The true hero of this story, however, is Ezra Miller’s performance as the Flash, which is by far the most entertaining aspect of the film, giving a mere glimpse of what the 2020 Flash film has in store for us.

A Bad Moms Christmas

The nightmare before Christmas is as real as ever this holiday.

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Christmas is a time for family adventures and festivities, but this year the bad moms are finding it a little difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. And it has everything to do with the fact that their mothers have invited themselves to Christmas.

With any sequel, comes the worry that it is won’t live up to its predecessor, but this new installment brings with it just the same barrel of belly hurting hilarity, as it gets into the nitty-gritty of motherhood with unflinching honesty.

This is not, however, a film for the faint-hearted, as it takes mature content to the precipice with a full frontal waxing scene that is bound to have you rolling around on the floor in hysterics.

Moral of the story; don’t go and see this film with your parents.

Paddington 2

Funny, furry and full of life; what’s not to love about this marmalade-loving bear?

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After being adopted by the Brown family, Paddington has found his niche in the neighborhood, however, things soon take a turn for the worst when a disgraced actor moves in across the street.

With the likes of Hugh Grant (Phoenix Buchanan) joining the already talented cast, the live-action scenes blend perfectly with the animated bear, with each interaction between the two worlds coming together in seamless orchestration.

Despite the new faces in this sequel, our favorite bear keeps his cheeky charm and lovable nature, inviting in audiences young and old as he celebrates his 60th birthday in print.

Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh conducts this investigative wonder, steamrolling its way into our hearts.

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Hercule Poirot is a detective like no other, and this case is proving hard to crack, as he finds himself stranded upon the orient express amongst thirteen suspects and one very gruesome murder.

The location of filming throughout this films entirety is nothing short of spectacular, with every aspect of 1930s Europe being crafted with immaculate precision, making the cinematography a marvel to behold.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the worryingly long running time, which is corrupted with false endings throughout, confusing the audience’s senses as they try to grapple with the senseless accusations.

Though with a cast as acclaimed as this, the script manages to claw its way back by shining the light on the countless number of talented actors, from Josh Gad to Dame Judi Dench, making this film a bearable pleasure.