by Madison Pena
After going through a pretty disappointing stack of movies that were released in the past year, I decided to pick up Molly’s Game, directed by Aaron Sorkin. I knew next to nothing about the movie aside from the fact that Jessica Chastain—one of my favorite actresses—plays the main character, Molly Bloom. The movie begins with 17 FBI agents breaking into Bloom’s Los Angeles apartment to arrest her for hosting the most exclusive poker game in the world.
by Peter Ghaly
Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman may not have been the best film of 2017, but it certainly offered something new and refreshing for superhero films. While this comic book character has been in the DC lore since the 1940s, her first big-screen appearance wasn’t until 2016 when she appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
by Jordan Sacher
The Greatest Showman is a musical featuring Oscar- and Tony- winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen); it’s inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, who started from nothing but created something spectacular.
by Rollins Terry
When Disney released its live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast, I was not first in line to see it. I was never a Belle fan growing up; it’s one of the only Disney movies whose storyline I cannot recite. But when I eventually sat down to watch it via On Demand, I found that this unfamiliarity made the film that much more engaging, because I was discovering the characters and their world for the first time.
by Haley Tomaso
Get your pitch pipes ready, ladies, and saddle up for the trequel in this Pitch Perfect series.
Director Trish Sie has brought the Barden Bellas, nicknamed the Bellas, back for one last hoorah as they embark on their final singing competition in front of several military bases around the world.
by Matt Meusel
Stephen King is the gift that keeps on giving. And It, directed by Andy Muschietti, is no exception to this rule.
by Eve Crandall
Call Me by Your Name
The Big Sick
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
Michelle Williams - All the Money in the World
Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige - Mudbound
Holly Hunter - The Big Sick
Allison Janney - I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water
Timothée Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name
James Franco - The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out
Kumail Nanjiani - The Big Sick
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project
Armie Hammer - Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins - The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Michael Stuhlbarg - Call Me by Your Name
Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird
Luca Guadagnino - Call Me by Your Name
Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk
Ridley Scott - All the Money in the World
by Eve Crandall
In the opening scene of Lady Bird, the titular protagonist, played by Saoirse Ronan, tells her mother she wishes she “could live through something.” Although this line exasperates her mother, I understand what she means. Part of what makes Lady Bird so relatable is that the story of Lady Bird’s senior year of high school is relatively uneventful, at least by the standards of the film’s fellow awards-season contenders.
by Sara Isser
Based off of the New York Times bestseller by R.J. Palacio, Wonder (directed by Stephen Chbosky) tells the story of Auggie Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay), a fifth-grade boy who was born with facial deformities. This movie captures what it’s like to grow up looking different than everyone else, and how this experience not only affects the person, but their family as well.
by Peter Ghaly
Moviegoers filed into the Rialto Theater in Westfield on the evening of Dec. 15 buzzing with anticipation and excitement. Adults and children alike were anxiously chatting and squirming in their seats throughout the packed theater during the trailers. Typically, one wouldn’t expect this kind of environment for the release of any given movie on a Friday night.
When the lights went dark and the screen bore a classic phrase in electric blue text, a unified silence fell through the small theater. It was a matter of seconds before two large words in bright yellow text blared onto the screen, accompanied by John Williams’ classic score and the theater burst into a thunderous applause. The moviegoers—or fans, rather—were there to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.