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Headed to the theaters over break? Here are some movie recommendations

We asked the Northeastern University Film Enthusiasts Club to offer some recommendations for films to see in theaters over winter break. Here, club president Carter Sigl, SSH’18, shares his short list of the movies you should check out.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Now in theaters
If I have to tell you why you should be excited about this movie, then there’s really no point in reading this. Jedi, Sith, giant space battles, lightsaber duels—and no Jar Jar Binks! J.J. Abrams takes the reigns of one of the most beloved and successful series ever; we’ll see if he’s up to the task. But even if he isn’t, I’ll still see the movie at least three times anyway.

The Hateful Eight
To be released Dec. 25
Oh Quentin Tarantino, you mad, mad genius. His second Western in a row after Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight looks to follow closely in the footsteps of the great Spaghetti Westerns. It’s nearly three hours long, includes an intermission, and was shot on 70-mm film. Tarantino has not steered me wrong yet, and I’m so excited to return to his gory and hilarious vision of the Old West.

The Revenant
To be released Dec. 25
Another Western, this time by director Alejandro González Iñárritu, creator of last year’s masterpiece Birdman. This one I’ve actually already seen, but I can’t say much about it due to the non-disclosure agreement I signed beforehand. But suffice it to say, you should definitely be excited for it. Just don’t go if you’re squeamish about gore. Seriously, it’s very violent. But also awesome! And it might be the film that finally gets Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar.

The Good Dinosaur
Now in theaters
Although it does not quite match the quality of Pixar’s earlier release Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur is still an adorable film about a dinosaur named Arlo and his adopted cave boy pet—whom he christens Spot—trying to get home after being separated from his family. It’s also probably the prettiest movie Pixar has ever made, showing a huge leap forward in its animation technology. I’ve written a full review of The Good Dinosaur; read it on our blog here.

Spotlight
Now in theaters
“Carter,” you may be wondering, “why would you recommend that I see a movie about the Catholic Church abuse cases?” Well the reason is that, despite the awful subject matter, this movie is a tour de force for its incredibly talented ensemble cast, which includes the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. It’s also a movie about a story that needs to be told, despite how difficult it is to watch at times. Our writer Arjun Agarwal wrote a full review of Spotlight; read it our blog here.

Walter Robinson, right, a former professor in the School of Journalism and Northeastern alumnus, is portrayed in "Spotlight" by Academy Award-winning actor Michael Keaton. Contributed photo

Walter Robinson, right, a former professor in the School of Journalism and Northeastern alumnus, is portrayed in Spotlight by Academy Award-winning actor Michael Keaton. Contributed photo

Anomalisa
To be released Dec. 30
This is really the odd one out of the group. It’s an R-rated claymation film, and it’s directed by Charlie Kaufman, the same guy who did Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Kaufman’s films have a tendency to talk about really interesting and thought-provoking subjects in an incredibly bizarre way, and Anomalisa looks no different. It also has received universal acclaim from people who have seen it at film festivals, and I’m really looking forward to it.

And that’s a wrap. But keep in mind that this is a short list and there have been so many good movies this year. So keep an open mind and go forth into the magical world of the silver screen. And if you’re a movie lover like all of us in the Film Enthusiasts Club, we meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in 106 West Village G to watch a movie.

(Left to right) David Thewlis voices Michael Stone and Tom Noonan voices Bella Amorosi in the animated stop-motion film, Anomalisa. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

(Left to right) David Thewlis voices Michael Stone and Tom Noonan voices Bella Amorosi in the animated stop-motion film, Anomalisa. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

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