5 Movies Not To Miss This December

Are there any movies worth your time in this hectic Holiday season?

Whether it may be Hannukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, time is a valuable aspect of this Holiday season. That is maybe why December has one of the lowest box office numbers, until last year. Yes, Star Wars returned to record numbers, and it greatly helped the slowly lowering numbers. This year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is looking to keep those numbers high yet again. Rogue One is eyeing a 130M+ opening weekend. Opening the same weekend is the Oscar bait movie, Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith. It will sure hope that Oscar can help its cause because Rogue One will totally bust its mood. Another Oscar contender that is looking for glory is La La Land. Big names such as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in this musical. However, nobody has bigger names in their movie than Passengers. They have arguably the biggest names working right now – Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Christmas Office Party is also looking to get people excited for Christmas. This holiday comedy is your only Christmas themed movie to come out this December. Finally, Fences will be looking to squeeze in this busy holiday season. Adapted from a famous play, this is your 3rd Oscar contender coming out this month. The question is where is it on this list? Let’s find out what are the five movies that will make you stop your holiday shopping.

5. Collateral Beauty

In theaters December 16th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 74%

Of course, people are going to see Rogue One, but if you want something different Collateral Beauty is there for you. It is not for everybody, though. The personification and the overall weirdness will turn some people off. However, if the concept interest you like me, then you may be in for a treat. Will Smith has come a long way from his recent slump (anyone remembers After Earth?). This is also made from the director that brought you The Devil Wears Prada and Marley and Me. If you like those movies that you may like the film as well.

4. La La Land 

In theaters December 16th

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

There are two types of people in this world, the ones of love musicals and the ones who get annoyed by them. If you are the first person, then you are bound to enjoy La La Land. Director of last year’s Best Picture nominee, Whiplash, brings you somewhat of the same premise. Similar themes seem to be present in this one. Two passionate people following their dreams. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we need more of these kinds of stories. Already, La La Land has seen an incredible critical response, standing on a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Passengers 

In theaters December 21st

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 75%

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt may be enough for you to see this movie. And that is exactly what Columbia Pictures wants. However, on top of that is a story that will likely appeal to anyone and mix in it is a love story. This may be the second most successful movie of December after Rogue One of course. Only one thing can stop it. Lawrence has made herself enemies in the past couple years. Some saw her mocking of a reporter as disrespectful, and her portrayal of Mystique in the X-Men franchise has called lazy. Will this hurt Passengers’ success or did people already forgave her?

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In theaters December 16th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 79%

Star Wars is getting a spinoff and Darth Vader is in it. Yes, I’m extremely excited for Rogue One. From the trailer, it seems so well shot and beautiful. I’m also a big fan of the beach and forest scenes which look amazing. However, it is not number one for one reason -uncertainty. Disney has made it clear that they were going to do a lot of reshoots for this movie. While it is not necessarily a bad idea, it means that the final product was not to their taste. What strikes me the most is that Gareth Edwards’ previous movies have weak storylines. That was also something that people were saying with the first trailer. However, the last trailer has erased almost all my doubts for this movie, and I want to see it already!

1. Fences 

In theaters December 25th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 86%

The trailer for this film has it all. It doesn’t spoil the story nor does it reveal too much. It is just the right amount to peak your interest. The intensity of the trailer is also very powerful. To add to this, it stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. There is nothing not to like this film to date. It looks to have it all. However, as the phrase goes, looks can be deceiving. We have had a lot of so-called Oscar movies but a lot of them have failed to make their mark. Will Fences join that list or will it exceed expectations?

Top 5 Movies Not To Miss This November

There’s a lot of movies coming out in November

November will almost be like the Summer 2016 we never had. At least ten movies are coming out that deserves attention, but as I always say, the majority of people only go to the movies once every month. A lot of interesting stuff will also happen, Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them will duel at the box office. Who will win? Hacksaw Ridge looks to dazzle Oscar fans, and Andrew Garfield is hoping for that Best Actor Nomination. My favorite director, Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), is looking for a Best Picture Nomination as well with his new movie Arrival. Amy Adams going strong this month as well being the lead in both Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. Her performance in Arrival is getting Oscar buzz. Will we finally get those Oscar movies we’ve been waiting for? Birth of a Nation was a big disappointment, and the Oscar race is still wide open. Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, and Hacksaw Ridge could finally be it.

Here’s my list of must see movies of November.

5. Doctor Strange

In theaters November 4th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 86%

The MCU has had quite a name about now. As the DCEU continues to fail to make itself relevant, Marvel is just getting better and better. Sure, the Superhero trend is starting to tire people, but Doctor Strange is still looking to get a big opening. Marvel has always had played safe, and while people like, some are getting tired of it. However, from the trailers, Doctor Strange doesn’t look like your typical Marvel movie. Surrealistic images and magic will sure be something different. This could either be a good tactic or a bad one.

4. Hacksaw Ridge 

In theaters November 4th 

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 91%

You would’ve thought that Andrew Garfield would be a Best Actor contender? Certainly not me. But from what everyone is saying, his performance here is compelling. Mel Gibson finally directs again, and his style has gotten a lot of fans. He uses extreme violence and religious tactics to get people to see his movie. His religious tactics have seen him in controversy before via Passion of the Christ, and here people are wondering just how strong the Christian agenda is and if it will appeal to a more secular society.

3. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 

In theaters November 18th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 82%

Harry Potter is back! Well, sort of. J.K Rowlings’ small book is supposedly getting five movies. Fans will be happy as they continue to want more Harry Potter films and why not? The films have proved to be box office gold and with the sequels, spin-offs, and prequels culture, it’s the perfect time for Fantastic Beasts. However, how many Harry Potter films is too much? Will Fantastic Beasts be one too many Potter movies? Or is five movies just asking too much?

2. Arrival

In theaters November 11th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 97%

Denis Villeneuve just doesn’t get enough recognition, but Arrival may be his golden ticket. Amy Adams is in the same boat as Villeneuve. The underrated actress may have struck gold both in Nocturnal Animals and in Arrival. Buzz also suggests that Adams’ performance in Arrival is Oscar worthy. Villeneuve’s movie looks to be a strong competitor for Best Picture and maybe just maybe that will get him a Best Director Nomination. Sadly, even with all the Oscar buzz, no one seems particularly interested in this movie. Will box office numbers kill this films’ chances at Oscars?

1. Nocturnal Animals

In theaters November 18th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 84%

Jake Gyllenhaal may be another underrated actor. After his snub for Best Actor for his performance in Nightcrawler, he continues to struggle to find gigs. However, the gigs he does find are usually lovely ones like this. Nocturnal Animals is directed by Tom Ford, who is most famous as a fashion designer. Don’t let that fool you because Ford has directed good movies in past like A Single Man. With Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal coming in at the height of their careers, Nocturnal Animals could be a big success. If all else fails then at least, you know the movie will be visually stunning.

Which movie are you more excited to see? 

10 Horror Movies Set During Halloween You Need To See On October 31st

These movies will help you prepare for your Halloween night movie marathon

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably seen every horror classics that people typically watch during Halloween. Spending each Halloween night either watching all the Halloween movies or the Friday the 13th series is likely to be the norm. And while you should watch these classic (if you didn’t watch yet), you’re probably getting tired of re-watching these movies. It shouldn’t feel like a chore to watch movies during holidays. Therefore, I made up a list of horror movies set during Halloween or October so you can finally enjoy that late movie night marathon again.

10. V/H/S (2013)

BUY HERE: V/H/S 

Okay, yes, V/H/S has only one short story that is Halloween themed, but it’s worth checking out. The movie is an anthology featuring five short stories about terrifying situations and people. They are all tied up in the end by a central narration which is as scary as the short films themselves. Add this to your list, if you’re already tired of Halloween movies.

9. The Houses October Built (2014)

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A decent choice for your next Halloween night, The House October Built is creepy and will get you in the mood. The film follows five friends looking for the best haunted house, and while this seems fun, they meet a group of deranged individuals looking for their next victim. Again, this is for fans of the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious who made a pretty decent and scary movie for you to enjoy during that Halloween night.

8. Murder Party (2007)

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Looking for a different horror-comedy to watch when you’re giving candy to your trick or treaters? Murder Party is a perfect choice! Jeremy Saulnier, best known for Green Room and Blue Ruin, directs his debut movie with some passion. Murder Party has all of Saulnier’s signature style with an added quirkiness. One thing is for sure you won’t know where this one is going.

7. May (2002)

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Another straight forward slasher, however, this one is a must for all slasher fans. It’s clever and frightening. The best way to describe this movie is a mix between Carrie and Frankenstein which sounds rather cool in my opinion. If you need one more reason to see this one, Roger Ebert has given it 4/4 stars.

6. Ginger Snaps (2000)

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The one and only Canadian film on this list, but don’t let that fool you. Ginger Snaps is a fun and scary teen horror film about werewolves and witches. Now, what better way to get you into the spirit of Halloween than creatures. This one is a must-watch if you haven’t already.

5. Tales of Halloween (2015)

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Are you a fan of The Descent? Well then check out Tales of Halloween. This anthology film has ten short films all about Halloween and directed by Neil Marshall. The best part about watching an anthology movie is that you are bound to like at least one of the short movies.

4. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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What screams Halloween more than Tim Burton? Nothing. Although The Night Before Christmas didn’t make this list, this Tim Burton classic is scarier and the perfect movie to put on when awaiting knocks on your door. Burton’s style is sure to leave you in awe and scared all at the same time.

3. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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Imagine being the mother of Ted Bundy. Tilda Swinton’s character is all too familiar with the concept in We Need To Talk About Kevin. Playing out more like a psychological thriller than more of a horror, this film is sure to bring you in your darkest nightmare. Swinton gives an incredible performance that is both sad and terrifying.

2. The Guest (2014)

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This 80s horror-action hybrid is filled with mystery and suspense. Inviting a war veteran in your house may seem like a good deed, but the family soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished. The score and the set design are two things worth checking out in The Guest. This one is for the people who don’t really like horror but feel the need to watch a horror movie during Halloween.

1. Trick r Treat (2009)

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The cult favorite, Trick r Treat is also my favorite unconventional watch during Halloween. It has all the elements you’re looking for in a Halloween movie. Shocking, suspenseful and scary, this is a must watch during your marathon. Add this to your list you won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 Movies Not To Miss This October

Halloween season has finally arrived and yet not one horror movie looks good

October is finally here! Being probably one of the prettiest months of the year; here’s to hoping that the movies will be the same. With Halloween getting closer, Hollywood is gearing up to please horror fans. This year has been particularly good for horror with the likes of Don’t Breathe, The Witch and The Conjuring 2However, the big question is will this trend continue just when people actually want to see them? Usually, October isn’t a good month for horror fans and this October looks to be no different. This year we’re getting Ouija: Origin of Evil and Rings. None of them look like movies you need to rush to see in theaters.

October has other movies to showcase. The controversial The Bith of a Nation will be released this month and everyone’s favorite book adaption The Girl On The Train is looking to ride on Gone Girl’s success. Speaking of Gone Girl, Ben Affleck is looking to get you excited for his new movie, The Accountant. Tom Cruise is at it again with his action thriller sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Where do they all stack up? Let’s rank which movies are worth watching this October.

5. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

In theaters October 21st

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 58%

Tom Cruise has always been an actor worth watching. With movies like Top Gun, Eyes Wide Shut and Edge of Tomorrow, he never fails to deliver as an actor. So, it’s no surprise that the sequel to Jack Reacher should be on everyone’s watch list. However, anyone who has seen Jack Reacher knows that the movie wasn’t one of Cruise’s best movie. Only rocking a score of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, it was close to rotten. Still, the sequel will try to gain some momentum and try to become a franchise it wants so hard to become.

4. The Accountant

In theaters October 14th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 90%

Drawing on a mysterious campaign, the trailers of this movie leave a sense of unknown. This campaign can make or break this film at the box office. On the bright side, it does look good. It has that mysterious factor to keep you guessing. However, it’s a gamble and just when Ben Affleck has revived is acting career with David Fincher’s Gone Girl, he desperately needs this to be a hit as well.

3. The Girl On The Train 

In theaters October 7th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 74%

The best-selling book that was marketed as the new Gone Girl is getting the big screen treatment and a similar release date. Coming from the director of The Help (75%), it may just be a great movie. Emily Blunt stars in the movie adaptation, and she definitely needs this film to be a success. She never had that big break that she desperately needs. Could The Girl On The Train be her breakthrough?

2. Moonlight 

In limited theaters October 21st

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 95% 

Getting its first theater release after being hailed at various film festivals, Moonlight will be looking to appeal to the wide-open Oscar race. After Sully and The Light Between Oceans failed to make much Oscar buzz, the race is wide open. It has exactly the plot to appeal to the Oscar and the artsy film-making that is commonly associated with. However, The Birth of a Nation, another big Oscar contender is opening to a wide release this month. Will it eclipse the black coming of age story?

1. The Birth of a Nation

In theaters October 7th

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 81%

Talk about controversy! Before, a clear Oscar-winning movie, now an uncertainty lingers. After the director, Nate Parker’s rape allegations and his controversial statement about him not playing a gay character because he wants to preserve the “black masculinity,” the talk became less about his movie and more about him. Some even go to say that while it may get an Oscar nomination, it certainly won’t win. Parker had a lot of backlash for his allegation and statement and it may transcend to his movie one way or another.


Other Movies To Consider Seeing: 

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Paramount Pictures’ RINGS
  • Shin Godzilla
  • Inferno
  • Rings
  • Keeping Up With The Joneses

Movies To Avoid Seeing: 

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Mike Flanagan directs OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

What are your must-see movies this October? 

Top 5 Movies Not To Miss This September

Don’t miss out on the must-see movies of September

September is the month right after the end of the summer movies and just before the Oscar season. With that said, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that September movies aren’t usually that great. Studios usually release their better movies while still in summer or keep their best movies for the Oscar season. However, this September we have The Lights Between Oceans which is supposed to kick start the Oscar season. We have Sully yet another that looks to be an Oscar worthy contender. We also have Blair Witch and Demon who are looking to keep the horror relevant as many horror movies have this year. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Kids is Tim Burtons new movie which is based on the popular book of the same name and is looking to dazzle fans of the series. Last but not least we have The Magnificent Seven, a western crime action movie. Antoine Fuqua is directing and is looking to break his streak of decent but not really good movies, Southpaw (61%), Olympus Has Fallen (48%) and The Equalizer (60%). Where do they all stack up? Let’s rank which movies not to miss this September.

5. The Magnificent Seven

In theaters September 23rd

With a lot of known actors on board, on the surface, it doesn’t look too bad. Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, and Ethan Hawke are front and center. Another thing though is front and center here and that’s director Antoine Fuqua’s so-so streak. Only scoring from 60% to 40% on the Rotten Tomatoes’s Tomatometer, Fuqua needs this latest movie to shine. However, his movies have been doing very good at the box office and this may be his last grip if The Magnificent Seven is not critically acclaimed.

Rotten Tomato Prediction: 65%

4. The Lights Between Oceans 

In theaters September 2nd 

Alicia Vikander and Micheal Fassbender looks to leave the audience in awe with their World War II love and loss story. By the trailer, the movie looks incredibly well shot and that should come to no surprise because Derek Cianfrance is behind the camera. With his hits like Blue Valentine (88%) and The Place Beyond The Pines (80%), Cianfrance is looking to continue his terrific trend. Whispers are around that this could begin the Oscar campaign for all movies the fall. However, other whispers suggest that the movie dives into some Nicolas Sparks territory and that should be the last place where love stories want to end up in.

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 71%

3. Blair Witch 

In theaters September 16th

Formerly known as The Woods, this Blair Witch sequel came as a surprise to horror fans. After the fans of the original were left in despair following the terrible Blair Witch 2: The Book of Shadows, it took 16 years for Blair Witch to get another sequel. This time around Adam Wingard, director of You’re Next (75%) and The Guest (90%), is trying to revisit the famous witch while trying to please fans of the franchise. The trailer looks to acknowledge the first but still find a way to get inspired by the original. What the director will be looking to avoid is the Paranormal Activity franchise which may have dug the found-footage style horror too deep to dig out.

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 78%

2. Sully 

In theaters September 9th

Clint Eastwood directs this popular real life event turned into a best-selling book. After his Oscar-nominated movie, American Sniper (75%), some people felt Eastwood could have done better than that. Some people didn’t think American Sniper even deserved an Oscar nomination in the first place. However, Eastwood is looking to solidify his directing career with Sully and even maybe another Oscar nomination. Yes, indeed, Sully is looking like more and more of an Oscar movie with only one thing holding it back. After Clint and Scott Eastwood made headlines spouting they’re controversial support for Donald Trump, Eastwood can only hope the audience will separate his art from his political views.

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 88%

1. Demon 

In limited theaters September 9th 

At first glance, the movie looks like a dark ghost tale. However, on closer inspection, it’s much more than that. As the trailer unfolds a sense of creepy atmosphere is revealed and some really good performances are giving. Not only is it sinister within the trailer it is also sinister beyond it. First-time director, Marcin Wrona, was revealed to have killed himself right after the movie was made. A shock for all involved in the film as no one would have believed that this movie would have been his debut and his swan song altogether. While Demon has been released a year ago in Poland, it is finally getting a limited release in September. Early reviews have this movie being a very good psychological horror. Another horror that is similar to Demon was this year’s The Witch, which did very good at the box office. Demon will look to make a similar impact while trying to appeal to the same audience as Robert Eggers’ debut.

Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 90%

5 Reasons To Go See ‘Lights Out’in Theaters This Weekend

Lights Out is the new horror movie produced by James Wan. It made big waves as it got a $21.7M in it’s opening weekend. We are now going into the second weekend and with some big blockbusters coming out this weekend, here is a list on 5 reasons to go see Lights Out if you haven’t already.

5. You’re Directly Supporting Indie Film-Making

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Did you know Lights Out started as a short film? It received so much attention online that James Wan saw it and decided to give the director a chance to make his very own movie. Going to see this movie in theaters will help make indie films more relevant as they are getting less and less attention.

4. There’s A Sequel Coming

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The box office numbers were so impressive that the studio just announced that they’re making Lights Out 2. Better get on track now, because this might be the next big horror franchise like The Conjuring!

3. James Wan Has Approved

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Not only did James Wan produced the movie, the master of modern horror is a big fan of David Sandberg. He even said that Sandberg reminds him of himself in the way he approaches horror. He said that working on the set made him feel back when we was working on Saw.

2. It’s About Something More Than Horror

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Yes, you heard right! This is an actual horror movie with depth and emotions. I’m surprised as well. Not much horror movies today have this much depth and character development, so we take it as they come!

1. It’s Actually Good

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Horror movies today are all filled with jump scares, but this movie is filled with good non-false jump scares which is a rare phenomenon. Also, the characters feel genuine and are surprisingly smart. Bottom line, if you’re tired of the same old cliché horror movies then do yourself a favor and support good horror film-making.