The Edge of Seventeen

Nadine Franklin is an awkward 17-year-old who believes she has it worse than everyone. Her best friend Krista is the only human Nadine socializes with. The one person she goes to with all her problems is her teacher, Mr. Bruner. Nadine’s all time crush, Nick, hasn’t even spared her a glance, and her perfect brother Darian gets all of their mother’s attention. When Nadine finds out Krista and Darian have been seeing each other behind her back, Nadine feels neglected by her best friend. She replaces her with Erwin, a classmate, the one person who would listen to her rant endlessly. Little does Nadine know, Erwin has a huge crush on her but Nadine being so is oblivious towards his feelings, and doesn’t treat him with importance. One day, Nadine gets in contact with Nick and goes out with him, but comes home disappointed with his arrogant behavior. Nadine must learn what is really important in a friendship to save the ones that matter most.

The Edge of Seventeen is unique, funny and relatable in every way. The main character Nadine goes through numerous relatable situations that you will feel as if you’re playing Nadine’s part yourself. I would recommend this movie to everyone in high school though mostly to people who don’t step out of their comfort zone just like Nadine. There isn’t a moment in this movie that doesn’t seem true, this movie would definitely be my number one choice for a movie marathon. – Abrish Z.

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Sing (film)

The singing competition has begun, for all animals at Buster Moon’s theater! This competition features different stages where each contestant is to perform a song of their choice, as an attempt to move on to the next round and have a chance of winning the grand prize. Everyone, especially Buster Moon, has high hopes for this show to be successful because this show may be his last.

Due to a lack of audience members, Buster Moon is having trouble paying for things such as bills, and he finds himself having to live in his own theater. Moreover, Buster Moon is on the verge of giving up his childhood dream of running a successful theater where everyone could come and gaze at magnificent acts. Thus, Buster is risking it all to attempt to create a show that is successful enough to be profitable and to create a stable amount of audience members.

I personally enjoyed this film as it includes a variety of different singing styles and songs that are easily recognizable. Also, I enjoyed how the film included animations that looked very appealing to the eye, and consisted of different sceneries. I also really liked how the storyline of the film was done and how it had references towards the show The Voice. I believe that anyone who enjoys The Voice would enjoy this film, as it is very interesting and family friendly. In conclusion, Sing is a film that includes a singing competition that may save Mr. Moon’s business and may allow him to finally have a successful theater like he always wanted. – Jeffrey K.

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Pixels (film)

Pixels is a blast from the past involving classic arcade games that are being misunderstood by aliens as a war threat. As war arises upon planet Earth, Sam Brenner, a former arcade game master has been recruited by the President of the United States alongside his childhood friends and arch nemesis to tackle these games. However, in this case, there’s no reset button and once all three lives have been used up planet earth would be in full control by aliens.

Throughout this film there are various ongoing battles that appear all over the world, for instance, some battles occur in countries such as Japan and The United States. With full control of military equipment and this war, these arcade game experts find themselves tackling classic arcade games such as Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Frogger, and much more.

I personally enjoyed this film as it was very interesting and exciting, due to the stunning animations and special effects, as well as the range of sceneries. Also, I enjoyed the storyline of the film and how there were a lot of references towards classic arcade games. One of my favourite references would be the appearance of each game and how appealing it was within the film also, I liked how the characters were given three lives as if they were playing in an actual arcade. In conclusion, Pixels is a fantastic film for the entire family as it displays a well thought out storyline. – Jeffrey K.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman is an action film consisting of two well-known superheroes who find themselves battling each other to the death. However, they are both unaware that they share common goals and objectives, which are protecting others and ensuring that their cities are safe. The media portrays each superhero in a bad way, since there is constant criticism of their judgment and authority as the number of casualties increases. As a result, both superheroes begin to believe that the other is dangerous to society and that they must be stopped. This creates a spark within their relationship and causes the full-on brawl to begin.

Personally, I believe that this film was very well done as I was extremely intrigued while watching it. In addition, I enjoyed the scenes where there was constant battling between Superman and Batman, as it displayed a lot of action. Also, I enjoyed the range of scenery used because it helped make the film more interesting and enjoyable. However, I did not like the ending of the film as it leaves the viewer wondering what may happen next, but overall, I enjoyed the film and I hope that there is a sequel. To conclude, Batman v. Superman is an action packed movie that can be very enjoyable due to the range of scenery and overall story. – Jeffrey K.

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Moana

Walt Disney Studios

The ocean is calling to a young Polynesian girl named Moana, but unfortunately, her father and his strict rules refuse to let her explore the open water to her heart’s content. Nevertheless, her grandmother, who has told her the legendary story of a demigod named Maui and a hero’s prophecy, encourages her to finally set sail in order to fulfill the prophecy. According to the legend, the heart of Te Fiti was stolen from the “Mother Island” herself by Maui, until both his magical hook and the stolen goods were lost in the ocean forever. The rest of the movie showcases the adventures of Moana and her newfound friend, Maui and their quest to cross the seas and return peace to the creator of all things natural and beautiful, Te Fiti.

I think this movie by Disney is excellent for many reasons. First of all, it features a person of colour as a princess who doesn’t have a love interest and is fueled only by her own determination to make change. This is a refreshing spin on the traditional Disney princess stereotype of the women featured depending on a “prince charming” to save her and make her feel worthy. Also, the animation with its vibrant colours and scenery is really spectacular to look at, while the soundtrack, which was developed by several people including Lin-Manuel Miranda, an award winning songwriter and composer, is equally as beautiful.

In conclusion, I think Moana is a great film for the whole family that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy.  — Mady R.

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