Must-See Movies This Holiday Season

Jack Julow, Writer

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for cinefiles and millennial hipsters. As awards season quickly approaches, studios are sending out their best films during the month of December in hopes of Oscar glory and recognition. Here are some must-see movies to catch that are most likely to be nominated for annual awards:

“Lady Bird” (R) delivers a hilarious and heartbreaking story about adolescence and the relationship between a mother and daughter. One of the most simple offerings this awards season, it has the best reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a 100% rating from 183 reviews, a record for the website. This is personally my favorite film of the year, for all the performances stand out, the movie’s plot is entertaining throughout its course, and it is guaranteed that there will be a tear in your eye by the end of the film.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (R) is one of the most vulgar films this year, but it is a must-see. A mother seeks justice for her daughter, who was raped and murdered by someone the local police department cannot find, by renting three billboards that call out the chief. With great reviews led by the talented actress, Frances McDormand, this film is going to be one of the most entertaining films to come out this year.

“The Shape of Water” (R) is set in Cold War America, and chronicles the story of a mute woman falling in love with the asset of an obscure government facility that looks like the Gillman from “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” One of the most obscure films of this year, it has been claimed to be the most innovative and visually striking film as a love story in the most unlikely situations. Sally Hawkins gives a great performance with Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer rounding out the rest of the cast. Make sure to check this movie out.

“I, Tonya” (R) re-tells the story of Tonya Harding and how she rose to ice skating fame, later becoming involved in the greatest ice skating scandal, which occurred when she was found responsible for the kneecapping of rival skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Boasting great performances from Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, this awards contender is one of the more humorous selections from Hollywood’s offerings this year.

“Mudbound” (R) is Netflix’s latest historical drama and tells the story of two war veterans coming back from World War II, going back home to rural Mississippi. Coming back to a racist segregated society with PTSD, Ronsel returns home from Europe to find that racism never left in his absence as his family and the white McAllan family show insight to how racism haunts our society. With standout performances from Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, this film is a must-watch for awards season.

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