In a year filled with diverse films that tackled issues otherwise shunned, let’s look at some of the newest films to hit the Box Office.
CAROL: This movie is an adaptation of the book The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. A younger clerk in 1950s Manhattan meets an older woman. The older woman, Carol, finds the strength to leave her husband, but her husband realizes that some of Carol’s friendships are more intimate than she leads on, and he questions her abilities as a mother.
Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara who play two women who find each other in the 50s, a time when being a lesbian was far from welcomed. The cinematography, acting, and overall plot were mesmerizing. Both Mara and Blanchett are up for various awards, including the prestigious Oscars.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
45 YEARS: Strangely, Charlotte Rampling has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. Many critics have given this film good reviews, but it was quite a bore until halfway through.
It focuses on a married couple, who have been married for 45 years and are getting ready to celebrate their anniversary. They are a happy couple until Kate, the wife, is prompted to dig for a secret that her husband has been hiding when his ex-fiancee’s body has been found.
Rating: 2 stars, boring!!!
THE BIG SHORT: This film centers on the housing crisis of 2007-2008. It shows how many experts predicted the crisis before it even happened. With fan favorites such as Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, and
Brad Pitt, how could you go wrong? Christian and Steve were both up for Golden Globes and Bale is up for the Oscar, while the film itself is also up for Best Film. The film is very technical, so it is hard to follow at times, but overall the acting and story is great.
Rating: 3 stars.
In other news, rumors are that Disney is to release 13 new movies throughout the year of 2016. Just from the titles alone, they look to be promising movies: Zootopia, Moana, The Jungle Book, Finging Dory, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Finest Hours, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon, Captain America: Civil War, Born in China, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange, and Queen of Katwe.
Here’s an image of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off story: