Movies to watch this Holiday Season


By Hanna Sato and Payton Toomey

Bad Moms Christmas

In this sequel of Bad Moms, three “bad moms” struggle to live up to the expectation of creating the perfect Christmas. As their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, they crack under the pressure and rebel against the idea of the “picture perfect Christmas” that other moms of the community have seemingly created.

According to New York Times reporter Jeanette Catsoulis, this comedy film appeared to be anything but that. Catsoulis found the film had very few redeeming qualities, which included the casting of Christine Baranski and Kathryn Hahn. Rotten Tomatoes agreed with Catsoulis’ review, giving the film a drastic 27%, saying the film fell short compared to the last.

However, sophomore Julia Doherty did not agree with either review and found the movie to be a great continuation of the first film.

“I thought the movie was really funny and a lot people would really enjoy it,” Doherty said. “It was hilarious and a funny way to start the Christmas season.”

In the end, audiences must decide for themselves about what these bad moms bring to the holiday season and if Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn can continue to show the world what it means to be a “bad mom.”



Star Wars The Last Jedi

The much anticipated eighth film of the Star Wars series will be released on Dec. 15. This film will follow protagonist Rey’s journey to master “the force” under the guidance of Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi remaining. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to battle the infamous Kylo Ren and the First Order, under the guidance of General Leia Organa. Hopefully, the film will answer the questions left unanswered in the last film. For many, the seventh film ended on a bittersweet note, as they witnessed the death of the beloved Han Solo, but saw the return of the legendary Luke Skywalker within the last few seconds of the film. The 2015 film previous broke several box office records including highest-grossing film in North America in 2015 and made roughly $2 billion in box office. Audiences expect their high standards from the previous films to be met by director Rian Johnson. The movie will continue to feature actors from the first films, released as early as 1977, including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa).


Coco - Payton

Standing at number one in the box office, the Disney-Pixar movie, “Coco” has been a hit since the time it was released in theaters. Based on Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this movie is about an adorable boy named Miguel with a passion for music and love for Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous singer, despite his family’s ban on all music. Soon, Miguel finds himself in the lively Land of the Dead where he reunites with old family members and learns some new facts about his family’s past. Families of all sizes and shapes would find this movie wonderful due to the strong family aspect throughout the film. As Miguel looks more into his history, audiences find a new sense of family and the meaning behind it.

Full of rich music and lively comedy, this movie is truly a holiday film that parents, children, grandparents, and much more would enjoy.

“The colors and music were well chosen,” junior Kaitlyn Ngai said. “It beautifully represented the culture.”

This movie is truly a way for the younger generation to become intact with a culture that is underrepresented in today’s society.

The movie is receiving rave reviews from critics as well as many recognition in the award season up ahead. “Coco” has been nominated for Best Motion Picture, Animated and Best Original Song for “Remember Me” in the Golden Globes. The song “Remember Me” was written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and performed by artist, Miguel.



Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

An highly anticipated sequel to the 1995 film “Jumanji”, which starred the late Robin Williams, is set to come out Dec. 20. Like the original, the movie is based around a game that becomes reality and takes a dangerous turn, but the sequel contains a modern twist. Four teenagers are drawn into a video game, Jumanji, where they have taken the form of avatars played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and others. The players then have to survive the treacherous  game filled with perilous obstacles. They have the help of a few other people during their adventure inc played by well-known actors playing including the former Jonas Brother, Nick Jonas. “Jumanji” is set to be a nail-biter that adventure seekers and fans of the previous film will find fascinating.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .