Movies to Rent this Winter
A Monster Calls
This is one on my list of movies that I haven’t seen yet, but would like to. I say rent this movie on a Friday night when you just had a long week at work and don’t feel like leaving your house. Order a pizza delivery and enjoy what will most likely be a sad, but inspiring movie about a boy trying to cope with the loss of him mother.
If you like SciFi this is a great movie. If you don’t love SciFi, but you enjoy Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, I think you’d like this too. But be prepared for a mend bending movie. This isn’t an action movie with people shooting at aliens. At times it is confusing. Just go with it. It all comes together in the end.
Here me out! I know this was a terrible movie, or at least, I’ve heard. But I say if you just want to hang out with friends and not pay too much attention to a movie, this is a good one. Make a drinking game out of it. Every time Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson raises one eyebrow, take a drink. (Always drink responsibly!) Could make for a fun time.
If you don’t have kids, you probably haven’t seen this movie. I sure haven’t. It isn’t going to be as good as a Disney movie or Pixar, but it did get fairly high scores on Rotten Tomatoes. I say watch this on a saturday morning. Wake up, stay in your PJs, and pour a bowl of your favorite kids cereal. I’m talking sugary Kids cereal, I’m as big of a fan of Honey Bunches of Oats as the rest of us, but that is not for this movie. Then sit on your couch and watch this movie and think of how simple life was when you used to watch Saturday morning Cartoons.
If you thought this would be a rom com, it’s not. But it IS a great movie. It is unique and strange and original. Watch it with a friend or two because afterwards you’re going to want to talk about it.
Just a really fun Marvel Superhero movie. Dr. Strange is a story of a man who loses everything, but then finds his true purpose. It’s also really funny.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
When you watch this, go into it knowing that it is not the same as the Harry Potter movies. It has a very different feel for a couple of reasons. First of all, the main characters are adults and not children. Second of all, it is set in America which definitely has a different feel than England. It’s also set in the 1920s, so It is a bit of a period piece. However, it does have a similar feel to the Harry Potter movies in that it is full of fun, adventure, danger and friendship. Remember that we are just meeting this characters for the first time and it will take a while to feel a strong connection to them like the Harry Potter characters. You had 7 books and 8 movies to fall in love with those characters. So give this a chance and try to enjoy the new characters’ dynamic.
This movie got a lower rating than I think it deserved. It was somewhere in the low 60s, but I definitely would have given it a 72% at least. This is a great movie that takes place almost entirely in one room. It has funny dialogue and it all plays out in real time. So the entire 2 hours of the movie show two hours unfold. It’s pretty cool.
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out is the first of four social thrillers that he will be writing and directing. Peele said, “Part of being black in this country(the U.S.), or being a minority in this country, is about feeling like we’re perceiving things that we’re told we’re not perceiving. It’s a piece of the condition of being African American, certainly, that people may not know. They may not realize the toll that it does take — even if the toll is making us doubt ourselves.” Peele also talked about the influence the movie Thelma and Louis had on him because it talked about social issues with gender and he got to see through the eyes of these characters, which gave him a new perspective than his own. I think it is really cool to watch movies that give you a chance to do that.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
One of my favorite Superhero movies of all time, I liked this one better than the first one. But if you still haven’t seen it, don’t let me build it up too much. It is a fun goofy action movies set in space. If you haven’t seen the first Guardians of the Galaxy, then definitely do that before watching this one.
The incredible true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Three African-American mathematicians who worked for Nasa in the early 1960s during the Jim Crow era. These women overcame racial bias in a time where they weren’t even allowed to use the same bathroom as their white colleagues. They also overcame gender bias in a time when women were expected to stay home or work in lower level secretary positions. In a time when the Unite States didn’t respect or acknowledge women or minorities, these three used their skills help send the first American into space.
I Am Not Your Negro
This 2016 documentary film was based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Baldwin’s book was meant to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The film discusses the history of racism in the United States. I have yet to see this, but it is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and the source material came from a man who personally knew Martin Luther King, Jr. It sounds like a really good documentary.
John Wick: Chapter 2
You MUST see John Wick before watching this movie. I still need to see this one. If you don’t know anything about John Wick, it is an action movie about a man who is a retired hitman who, through a series of events, comes out or retirement. It stars Keanu Reeves at his best!
This is not your average fun superhero movie like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. This is a superhero movie with an edge to it. It is dark and heavy. But it is also incredibly moving. The character development is wonderful. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart give incredible performances. If you like movies with action heros forming a bond with little kids, like Terminator 2, then this is definitely for you. I feel it has a very similar grittiness to it.
Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
If you love Star Wars, then you HAVE to see this movie. But just go into it knowing that it doesn’t feature a Jedi. So you aren’t going to have a bunch of crazy lightsaber fights. This is the untold story of how Princess Leia ended up with the blueprints to the Death Star in Star Wars: a New Hope. You follow Jyn, the daughter of the man helped make the plans for the Death Star, as she joins the Rebel Alliance to help them retrieve the blue prints. I’ve heard some fans of Star Wars say they couldn’t get into this and honestly I can’t comprehend that. This may be my favorite Star Wars movie of all time. And for those of you who don’t know me, I am a HUGE Star Wars Fan. But don’t let me ruin it by hyping it too much. Just give it a chance.
This is a psychological thriller about a man who is diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities. He kidnaps three girls for unknown reasons. The story unfolds as you figure out what he plans to do with these girls and there is a surprise at the end, if it hasn’t already been spoiled for you.
The Big Sick
This is a great movie to watch with your sweetheart. It is a romantic comedy that is loosely based on the true love story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife. It stars Kumail Nanjiani and Ray Romano and they have great chemistry. It is very funny, I haven’t laughed that hard in the movie theater in a long time.
The Edge of Seventeen
This is a classic coming of age teen story about a girl who is trying to deal with the fact that her best friend is dating her brother. She is also dealing her strained family dynamic three years after losing her father. It’s funny, sad at times, and extremely heartwarming.
The Lego Batman Movie
I actually prefer this movie to the original Lego Movie. It is really just a great Batman movie. If you like Batman, pop some popcorn and watch this movie. It’s a ton of fun.
This movie is for everyone. It is just as good as all of the excellent Marvel franchise superhero movies. (Which is refreshing considering how terrible DC has been since the completion of the Dark Knight series.) However, as a woman, this movie holds a special place in my heart. I didn’t even realize how emotional I would feel watching a woman save the day, but I did. So I say embrace the strong female tone of the movie. Wake up, listen to a power female playlist as you go through your morning routine. i.e. Beyonce, Heart, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston. Put on your “She Persisted” shirt. (If you don’t have one get it here.) Then, when you’re ready, sit on your couch and watch the movie.