Movies end the year on a high note


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The Shape of Water official poster.

2017 may be over, but 2018 is just beginning, introducing successful and original blockbuster films that you will not want to miss.


The Shape of Water

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, and surrounded by Academy Award’s buzz, The Shape of Water chronicles the 1960s tale of a janitor’s developing relationship with an amphibious experiment held captive in a secret government facility. It stars Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer.


The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the nation’s first female newspaper publisher played by Meryl Streep and her editor portrayed by Tom Hanks risk their reputations and their careers to uncover presidential secrets surrounding the Vietnam War which had been covered up for 30 years.


Disaster Artist

Ironically, The Disaster Artist, directed by James Franco who also starred in the film, is about what many people consider to be the worst film of all time, The Room (2003). The Room is an infamously disastrous production which people say is so bad it’s good. The Disaster Artist is focused on Tommy Wiseau’s journey toward starring in, directing, writing and producing the world’s best worst movie.


I, Tonya

Starring Margot Robbie and directed by Craig Gillespie, U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding prepares for the 1994 Winter Olympics while shrouded in suspicion over a violent attack against her competition, Nancy Kerrigan, perpetrated by her ex-husband.


3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This film stars Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson and is directed by Martin McDonagh. After no leads have been found in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes puts up three scandalous billboards to pressure the town’s chief of police into solving the crime.


The Greatest Showman

Featuring an ensemble cast of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, The Greatest Showman (directed by Michael Gracey) is a vibrantly eccentric musical about P.T. Barnum, the inventor of show business, and his uniquely unusual circus.


Lady Bird

Directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age film about a stubborn teen who must maintain a complicated relationship with her mother while finishing her final year of high school.


Call Me by Your Name

Featuring musical composition by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, and directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name stars Timothée Chalamet as Elio, an artsy, precocious 17-year-old, and Armie Hammer as Oliver, a 24-year-old doctorate student; two young men who bond and fall in love over the summer of 1983 in Italy.