One of the best parts of the holidays is the number of epic flicks that come out. If you don’t have the luxury of going on a beach holiday, the cool air conditioning and dark lighting can be a great escape from the sweltering summer heat.
# 1 Call me by your name:
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a tantalizing romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. The scenery for this film looks incredible as does the cinematography and if you’ve seen Man from U.N.CL.E you will know that Armie Hammer is ever so charming to watch on the big screen. Critics are raving about it, in fact, Peter Travers from Rolling Stone Magazine is calling it “one of the year’s very best films, Luca Guadagnino’s stunning achievement. There is magic in every frame. ★★★★ (highest rating)”.
# 2 LadyBird
Ladybird is Greta Gerwig’s’ (the queen of playing quirky female leads in independent films) directorial debut. If you haven’t heard of her check her out in the film Mistress America which is a deeply satirical film thanks largely to Gerwig’s ability to embody a character with a complete lack of self-awareness and shame.
Starring Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Brooklyn) who plays an artistic teenage girl going through the turmoils of adolescence, it has been branded as a film that provides fresh insight into what it means to grow up, a theme that has been so overdone you’d think there couldn’t possibly be any more insight into it. One critic even commented, “if you can’t relate to this movie, you probably somehow went from childhood right into adulthood, completely skipping over adolescence” (Mike McGranaghan, 2017). All the cast have been regarded as excellent and it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which if you aren’t aware is hard to do). So, if you want to see a movie that provokes real emotion with a stellar cast, check this one out.
#3 Star Wars – The Last Jedi:
If you are a Star Wars fan I am sure you have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the saga, “The Last Jedi”, returning with the cast of “The Force Awakens” (one of the best movies of the last decade in my opinion).
“The Last Jedi”, the Skywalker saga, continues as the stars of “The Force Awakens” join galactic heroes in an awesome adventure that answers age-old questions of the Force and reveals shocking details of the past. Hopefully, Ray discovers the identity of her father (and hopefully she doesn’t kiss any of his other love children before she finds out). The visuals in the trailer look up to their usual standard of jaw-droppingly stunning and we finally get to see Luke Skywalker back on the big screen. This will also be the last time we get to see Carrie Fisher in a film and without a doubt it will be a positive send off for her.