Words by Georgia Berg //
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If you love Frances McDormand from Fargo fame, you’re gonna be obsessed with her in Three Billboards. The story follows the journey of a mourning mother, after the murder of her daughter, and her fight for justice when local authorities fail to catch the culprit.
The crazy, real life story of competitive figure skater Tonya Harding and her traumatic professional and personal life, and the events that let to a history making scandal. Starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney.
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks can do no wrong. They are brilliant in this challenging, refreshingly feminist film directed by Steven Spielberg about The Washington Post, and the very real risks involved to publish government secrets uncovered initially by The New York Times.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water tells the story of a lonely, mute janitor working at a top-secret research facility who finds love with an amphibious creature who is being held at the facility. Fantasy and a juke box reality collide in this feast for the eyes film. Stars Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer.
It’s not often an animation makes such a splash come award season, however Coco is an exception. Based on the Mexican ritual and celebrated ‘Day of the Dead’, Coco is a film about embracing your family and honouring traditions seamlessly incorporated into a fun, Disney Pixar masterpiece that is visually stunning and equally heartwarming.
From writer Greta Gerwig comes this funny, coming-of-age tale of a high school senior, known as Lady Bird and her turbulent relationship with her mother. Having already won Best Picture at the Golden Globes – Lady Bird is not one to be missed.
Set in Northern Italy in 1983, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of seventeen year old Elio and his relationship with the visiting guest of his father’s, Oliver. Set amongst beautiful Italian scenery and brimming with blossoming (not yet awoken) romance, the story reveals the difficulties of desire and becoming an adult. Starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
A thriller and provocative commentary on society, Get Out tells the story of young African American man Chris and his white girlfriend, Rose, who travel to meet Rose’s white parents in their hometown for the first time. As an overly hospitable trip turns into remarkably strange, and there’s a twist can you not have imagined.
Set in post-war 1950’s London, Phantom Thread tells the story of famous dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock. Having led a strong, self-serving life as a frustrated designer, all is disrupted when he meets his muse and lover, Alma. Star, Daniel Day Lewis has claimed this is his last film, so check it out as soon as you can.
Set in World War II, Dunkirk is the thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk as Nazi forces take over. Directed by Christopher Nolan and musical score by Hans Zimmer.