The 89th Annual Academy Awards celebrated the magic of the movies in a year when the discussion of diverse storytelling rose in urgent prominence. With an increased mix of artists of different races and creeds represented among the lists of nominees, the awards ceremony raised expectations for an event that would recognize and unite creative talents from all walks of life. Here are the highlights from the 2017 Oscars.
More than ever, we are compelled to turn to entertainment for escapism. With all the social strife and political turmoil that unfolded throughout 2016, the movie theater is the destination for being transported away from reality for a few hours and entering into a different state of mind. As the year finally winds down, this winter season’s selection of December offerings promise to excite you, challenge you, inspire you, make you laugh, make you cry, make you sing and dance in your seat, and ultimately, make you fall in love with the magic of the movies. Here are ten films opening in wide and limited release during the week of Christmas 2016.
Amidst a dark cloud of controversy, the 88th Annual Academy Awards managed to be a ceremony to remember with socially-charged commentary, award sweeps, surprise wins, and the bestowing of a golden statue to a long-time hopeful. Here are some of the highlights from the 2016 Oscars…
The act of going to the movie theater on Christmas Day is not as outlandish as it may sound. It’s a common tradition for families that don’t celebrate Christmas (since the majority of business establishments are closed) and for families that balance their day of staying in for presents, food, and conversation with going out to enjoy a cinematic experience together in the evening.
With those factors in mind, it’s no wonder that theaters see some of their biggest ticket sales on the 25th and why the movie studios capitalize on the Christmas Day release date year after year. Judging from this week’s new film releases, the 2015 season plans on delivering a sack of top-notch pictures. Here are six movies up for your considerate viewing on December 25th…
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The musical-comedy Pitch Perfect 2 earned $70 million during its opening weekend, making it the biggest movie musical opening of all time. This comes as no surprise considering the original pitch-slapped the world and became a pop culture phenomenon. The song “Cups” became a chart-topping hit, catchphrases were born, and a new spotlight was shone on the world of a capella.
Directed by Elizabeth Banks in her directorial debut and written by Kay Cannon, the sequel follows the Barden Bellas in their final year of college. After a humiliating wardrobe malfunction (with Fat Amy bringing new meaning to the term, ‘thunder from down under’) at their Lincoln Center showcase, the girls find themselves stripped of their performing duties and potentially disbanded for good, unless they can restore themselves to their former glory by winning the World Championships. The Bellas must band together and rediscover their sound to beat their biggest competition yet in the form of German a capella powerhouses, Das Sound Machine.
Together with my fellow Pitch Perfect enthusiast, Katherine Hernandez, we review the sequel to the smash hit original, discussing the new stories and characters, what was on-key and off-key, and how it stacks up to its predecessor.
***Warning: this movie review contains spoilers.