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Bee Thankful

By: Caty Fortin

As scary as their sting may seem, their real power is in their ability to pollinate. Bees are a crucial part of our environment. They are an avid pollinator of all the produce we eat. For animal products, bees pollinate the food they eat, then we eat the animals. No matter the scenario, bees are an active part of our agriculture and farming system. In recent years, there has been a marked drop in the bee population all around the world. This is due to a variety of reasons—habitat loss, parasites, and pesticides. The most notable killer of bees is the pesticide neonicotinoids. The use of this chemical is widespread in cash crop farming around the United States. Some state governments have taken measures to limit their use, but most progress against them has been seen overseas. The European Union has taken measures to restrict usage for the sake of the bees. The United States federal government should take measures to save the bees if we want to continue eating, having cash crops, and thriving as a country. Continued ignorance of environmental issues may not impact our generation, but down the line, future generations could struggle to survive because of our mistakes.

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http://birdsandbeeshoney.com/our-honey/

 

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Marvelous Movies

By: Sara Abbazia

Winter is the time of year where we have a ton of days off from school because it barely snowed an inch and the buses won’t run, or the power went out for a couple of hours but was back on by 8. It is a terrible time for learning, but a great time to unwind a little. After you’re done staring at the ceiling, imagining scenarios and conversations that will never happen, baking cooking just to eat the cookie dough, and screaming at your sister because she won’t stop drop-kicking your phone, you might feel a little bored. Why not spend a couple of hours at the movie theater?

Now, I know that the snacks are ridiculously overpriced, and you’re mostly there to watch the previews; however, going to the movie theater can be a rewarding experience- as long as you choose the right movie to watch. I have seen plenty of movies recently, and I know all of you want nothing more than to hear my completely biased opinions of them (because let’s face it: objectivity is not nearly as entertaining as blatant favoritism)- so without further ado, here are four movies I have seen recently!

*Note: These are relatively spoiler free, but read at your own discretion*

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I saw this movie with a group of friends, and let me tell you, they did not want to hear any criticism of the movie. They loved it, and had already seen it twice or something. As we exited the theater, one friend asked me, “So, how did you like the movie?”

“Well, I have some complaints…”

*Cue instant groaning from everyone and some shouts of “Why are you like this?!” *

Don’t get me wrong, the movie was nice. The set design was amazing (like most Harry Potter movies), the costumes were classy, and the beasts looked- dare I say it- fantastic (okay, I’ll stop, you don’t have to yell).

However, I didn’t love the movie. I think a major part of this was that I guessed most of the plot twists prematurely, which made the suspense and drama of the movie less enjoyable. Also, for me, the two main characters, Newt and Tina, were not nearly as memorable as most of the secondary characters- Jacob, Queenie, the creepy family, the director of Magical Security, and so forth.

Finally, there were a ton of loose ends that were not tied up, which made me quite upset since those aspects were the parts of the movie that I actually cared about. I later learned this was because they are making five more movies, but I think that these missing plot points would have made the first movie more satisfying.

If you are a huge fan of the lore of Harry Potter, you will probably love this movie and enjoy sitting through ten more hours of the series. I myself am not completely enamored, but I am curious about what is to come in the future.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

An important fact to know before I start the review: I had never read the book series that this movie is based off of before seeing the movie.

The movie starts out like most teenage dramas: the mopey main character doesn’t fit in, he finds his grandpa dead in his backyard, he goes to England and finds a boarding school filled with strange kids… you know, the usual.

Despite this boring introduction, the movie actually does pick up. You meet a variety of kids with really cool character designs and personalities- a teenage girl with an airy voice and steampunk-esque lead shoes who can float, an invisible boy who is dressed quite dapperly, a kid who is the literal embodiment of a PowerPoint projector, and so forth. Miss Peregrine, played by Eva Green, is perfection- her voice, leather clothing, and handiness with a crossbow made her my favorite. Also, time travel and time loops were a huge focus of the movie- and I absolutely loved the bizarreness and thought process the movie uses to explain this. My only complaint was that the actor who plays the main character, Jake, is not exactly… good. During the scene where he finds his grandpa in the woods, the lack of emotion and general concern in his voice was a bit laughable. Who knows – maybe the kid was having a bad day, and the director was like, “Yeah, good enough, let’s get to the part where kids start shooting flames out their hands and stuff.”

However, before you jump out of your seat to rent this DVD from Blockbuster, let me remind you of two things: one, Blockbuster does not exist anymore (which is a real shame), and two, my sources tell me that this movie is almost nothing like the book. Usually I am the one who complains about movies, but this time, it was my little sister. Apparently, the movie completely switched two character’s roles, drastically changed the abilities of a couple of kids, edited the plot points of multiple books together, and changed some of the mechanics of the time loop. As a result, while I found the movie engaging, my sister found it a bit confusing and distracting. Oh well!

Rogue One

I was never too deeply involved in the Star Wars franchise before The Force Awakens came out. I might have seen a couple of the old movies, and I knew the basic storyline, but nothing beyond that. Then, The Force Awakens change my point of view. Action! Suspense! Actual representation and diversity! Space shenanigans! Cute little robots! Tears! Laughter! Adventure!

Rogue One kept all of these elements to make a dramatic, suspenseful, and hopeful prequel to the Star Wars series. The characters were well developed, the storyline was complex but not impossible to follow. The only bad part is when you see Leia onscreen and remember that the talented and inspirational Carrie Fisher is no longer with us…

If you are hesitant to watch the movie, just remember that I went in not knowing that much about Star Wars and still had a good time. Of course, just remember that this is a prequel to the original series, or something like this might happen to you:

My Mom: “Honey, why is Darth Vader back? I thought he was dead? Is there a new one?”

My sister, probably: “No MOM these events take place before the original 1977 film, so Darth Vader would still be ALIVE, UGH you’re so UNCULTURED.”

Sing!

Alright, it’s time for a story.

I kept bugging my mom to take our family to see this movie, because I saw potential – but she gave me the look where she just smiles and nods and has no intention of following up, because it’s just a movie about singing animals, we could just watch literally all the other movies with anthropomorphic animals who behave like humans (seriously, there are a ton).

Then, when I finally managed to get us to see the movie, everyone was like, “Oh my gosh, that was such a good movie!” and I was like, “Yeah, I know.”

Do you like singing and music? Of course you do. Do you like characters that struggle with the expectations of their parents and want to follow a different path? Do you like seeing people overcoming emotional neglect and a lack of self-confidence? Do you like seeing people from completely different worlds bonding together over a common cause? The answer is absolutely yes. Just trust me.

Of course, these movie reviews are simply my opinion, and are just meant to help you make an educated decision whenever you need to watch a film to escape the confines of reality. Feel free to send me a strongly worded letter if you disagreed with my opinion. Now, go watch some marvelous movies!

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http://screencrush.com/theaters-screen-masking/

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Golden Globes Overview and Opinions

By: Olivia Cholewczynski

2017 started off to a good start when the Golden Globes aired on January 8th. A little bit of background: the Golden Globes was started in 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who vote for the best actors, directors, movies, and TV series each year. As a big fan of award shows, I thought I’d sum up the major nominations and wins of the night (and include some of my own thoughts).

Let’s start with the actors and actresses who walked away with a Golden Globe that night. The award for best supporting actress in a movie went to Viola Davis in Fences. Viola Davis plays the wife to Troy Maxson, a father who was not allowed to play baseball as a young man due to being black, and now refuses to let his son play college football. Aaron Taylor-Johnson won best supporting actor for his role in Nocturnal Animals, a psychological thriller and story-within-a-story. Both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling won for their leading roles in La La Land, an eccentric musical-movie about two people who fall in love in the heart of Los Angeles. The award for best actor in a drama was given to Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea. This movie is about a man who is asked to move back to his hometown and be his nephew’s guardian when his brother dies. Lastly, and most shocking of all, Isabelle Huppert won for her performance in Elle, a French thriller about a woman who is raped in her home and decides to get revenge. Considering Isabelle Huppert was up against Natalie Portman (Jackie), I was certainly shocked to see her win.

Now on to the inner workings of these films…. The awards for best screenplay, director, and original song went to La La Land. Damien Chazelle both wrote and directed this hit movie along with Whiplash, which won many awards back in 2014. “City of Stars,” composed by Justin Hurwitz and written by Pasek and Paul, won for original song and is also from La La Land.

Finally, which movies and TV shows were considered best? The best TV drama award went to The Crown, the popular new Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II. This category had great nominations: Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This is Us, and Westworld. I personally would have liked to see Stranger Things win, but I have heard from many people that The Crown is amazing. The best TV comedy or musical award was given to Atlanta, a new FX series about the rap scene in Atlanta, Georgia. The best foreign film went to Elle from France, which explains the lead actress’s win a bit more. The best animated movie went to Disney’s Zootopia. As a lover of animated movies and Disney, I was surprised to see Zootopia win as it was up against Moana, the newest Disney princess movie. Although I prefer Moana over Zootopia, it makes sense that the latter won. Moana was heartwarming and beautifully written, but Zootopia carried a much deeper message. The entire movie was a thinly-veiled metaphor for systematic oppression and racism in our country, and the movie resonated deeply with many people because of its truth.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: these are the movies that won best motion picture. In the musical/comedy category, La La Land unsurprisingly won. I was quite disappointed to see La La Land win in so many categories. I am a big fan of musical movies, but this movie just didn’t “wow” me. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling did an excellent job, but the story itself fell flat. It felt like the movie was trying to break out of the box and be different, and in doing so it felt scatterbrained and inconsistent. Part of me wonders if it won so many awards just because it stood out from many of the other movies Hollywood churns out. The music itself was good, but it lacked the Broadway volume it seemed to be going for at times. I understand why people loved it however, so don’t be offended by my opinion.

The best motion picture in the drama category went to Moonlight, which tells the story of a boy growing up in Miami during the War on Drugs and his journey to find himself. It sounds obscure, but this movie looks amazing. Despite not having seen it yet, I am happy this movie won best picture. It seems to tell a new and interesting story unlike others in Hollywood right now, and the cinematography looks great.

It’s also important to touch on the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to an actor or actress who has had an incredible career in Hollywood. This year, the award was given to Meryl Streep. Her speech was unforgettable. She dedicated her speech to speaking out against the new administration in our government, and she advocated for the importance of the press and the truth it tells. She told America never to give up fighting injustice, and she honored all the foreign actors who have had an influence on Hollywood. If you would like to watch her speech, here is a link to a video of it: https://youtu.be/NxyGmyEby40.

[I did not include all the awards given out at the Golden Globes, so if you have an interest in seeing all of the nominations and awards, you can check http://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees. Also, I have not seen most of the movies nominated for awards, so my opinions are not rounded.]

Many of these award-winning movies are still in theaters, so support the film industry and see them! Also, look out for other upcoming award shows. The Screen Actors’ Guild awards are in a few weeks! Many of these movies are nominated again and will have another chance at a win.

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http://www.slashfilm.com/2017-golden-globes-winners/

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Taking Action

By: Kathryn Blanco

All the political knowledge and constructive conversation in the world can feel useless if you are unable to put your ideas into practice. Although a few Lauralton students are able to vote, many of us cannot. Besides, voting is one – very important – part of involvement in current issues. There are several ways of getting involved at Lauralton – Debate Team or Club and Youth and Government offer further opportunities to learn about rhetoric and the political process. Highlights (if I may say so myself) offers an opportunity to share your voice with other students. There are other approaches that can enable you to take issues you care about into actual practice through Lauralton that don’t directly involve politics at all – consider the Environmental Club if you’re concerned about global warming, Cyber Seniors if you have an interest in technology or helping senior citizens, or Catherine McAuley Club if you want to help the hungry in your community. There are plenty of non-governmental volunteer organizations outside of Lauralton worth getting involved in as well. The Youth Service America Volunteer Match is a useful tool for finding local causes to fit the social causes important to you – whether it’s literacy, the arts, animal rights, or something entirely different.

Of course, there are even ways to take political action without voting. Consider volunteering to increase voter registration through Rock the Vote, or using the resources to educate yourself about voter registration for when you reach eighteen. Another great source of both information and action is the Harry Potter Alliance, a group devoted to promoting peace, justice, and acceptance by using the Harry Potter stories, and sometimes other fandoms, as a model. This site provides news about events and ways to connect with similar-minded activists of many ages. Their “Defense Against the Dark Arts: Politics for Beginners” guide is particularly helpful. One of the actions this organization promotes is calling local representatives, a topic I will address further in the February issue. Stay tuned, and remember that you CAN become involved in social and political issues even if you may feel helpless at the moment.

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Who are YOU?

By: Victoria Sogueco

We’ve all been obsessed with something at some point in our lives, be it a celebrity, movie, or a book series that we don’t want to end. I’ve gone through many of these phases, but one of the more memorable ones occurred in eighth grade. At that point I had gotten, for lack of a better term, obsessed with finding out who I really was. I was into psychology, which led to me finding out about the MBTI.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, created by mother-daughter team Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, is a sort of tool used to gain introspective of one’s psyche. It assigns four out of seven letters to you: I (for introverted) or E (for extraverted), N (for intuition) or S (for sensing), T (for thinking) or F (for feeling), and J (for judging) or P (for perceiving). After taking an online version of the MBTI (which you can take here: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test) I was assigned the letters INTJ.

The first letter, I, represents me being more of an introvert than an extravert. However, introversion doesn’t mean that I like to wrap myself in a bathrobe, lock myself in my room, and shut the whole world out. This just means that I don’t get my energy from parties and loud people, and am instead tired out by them.

The second letter, N, represents that I’m more into what can be rather than what is. I like thinking about my future and finding new and better ways to do things as opposed to doing things the ‘normal’ way.

The third letter, T, means that I think more with my brain than I do my heart, which, in my opinion, has both pros and cons.

The final letter, J, tells me that I’m more comfortable with planning rather than winging it. I find it difficult to improvise, and like to have everything set and ready.

However, these few sentences of me describing letters definitely aren’t enough for someone to accurately type himself or herself, so I highly encourage you to take the test and see for yourselves. Maybe you’ll find out something new.

Remember the celebrity, movie, and book obsessions that I mentioned in the beginning of the article? This ties into that too. You can easily search up your MBTI type and book characters to find which book character has the same personality type as you!

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https://excellenceassured.com/myers-briggs-personality-types/free-myers-briggs-type-personality-test

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New Year, New You

By: Cristina Ludwig

In the United States, 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, many Americans create big plans for the New Year, but slowly abandon them after the first few weeks of January or February.

Here are some of the most popular, but often broken New Year’s resolutions:

  • Exercise more/eat healthier
  • Get a new job
  • Get out of debt/save more money
  • Get organized
  • Spend more time with family
  • Manage stress better
  • Enjoy life to the fullest
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Improve a relationship
  • Learn a new language
  • Sleep more
  • Spend less time on Facebook/watching television
  • Get rid of old clothes
  • Do something for charity

Some of these popular resolutions are often times too extreme. This results in the resolution being broken. Consider trying some of these different resolution ideas. Even simple changes can make a big difference in your life and the lives of others!

  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Buy less coffee out and start making it at home
  • Do one kind thing each day for someone who does not expect it
  • Clean your locker and keep it organized
  • Get to every class on time
  • Get enough sleep (!)
  • Pick up a new hobby – something YOU truly enjoy and can do for fun
  • Read more books for pleasure
  • Travel somewhere new
  • Be grateful: studies show that gratitude can make you 25% happier
  • Forgive someone else, or forgive yourself in an expression of self-love

In order to achieve your resolution, here are some tips for “making it happen”:

  • First, write down your goal specifically and post it somewhere you can see each day as a reminder.
  • In order to keep your New Year’s Resolution, it should be something obtainable. Start small and take baby steps. Eventually you will reach your goal. Remember that setting short-term goals will lead to reaching long-term goals.
  • If your resolutions list is too lengthy, you will find it stressful and daunting to adhere to everything you anticipated. Instead of trying to do too much and then giving up, pick 1-2 resolutions.
  • It must also be something you are genuinely interested in. If you do not have passion behind it, you won’t make the effort to make it happen.
  • Be specific with your goals. For example, if you would like to get more sleep, actually plan when you will fit in the extra hours. Say to yourself, “On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I will be in bed at 9:30 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I will in bed by 10:15 pm since I have sports after school. On Saturdays and Sundays, I will sleep in until 10:00 am.”
  • Furthermore, automate your resolution. In other words, make it easy to adhere to. For example, for the “more sleep” resolution, set timers on your phone for when it is near your bedtime. Eliminate distractions in your room to get the deepest sleep possible. Don’t set early morning alarms on the weekend if you do not have to.
  • Finally, if your resolution is not going well, you can always reassess your goal and make it something more achievable. Instead of giving up, simply reevaluate. And don’t forget to celebrate your victories, no matter how small. Treat yourself—you deserve it!

Best of luck in 2017!

Sources:

http://list25.com/25-of-the-most-popular-and-commonly-broken-new-year-resolutions/4/

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/9-ways-to-keep-your-new-year-s-resolutions-1.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanette-pavini/10-tricks-to-help-you-actually-keep-your-new-years-resolutions_b_4550549.html

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Make a Splash at Yale

By Maya Welber

Today there seem to be more and more opportunities available for high school juniors and seniors to experience a college curriculum. There are even summer camps to get a taste of dorm life while pursuing a particular interest. But what if you are a middle schooler or a high school freshman or sophomore and want to get your feet wet and experience a day at an Ivy League university here in Connecticut? I have had the pleasure of participating in the Yale Splash program for the last three years and it’s been a wonderful experience. The Yale Splash program is offered twice a year during the spring and fall. Students in grades 7 – 12 are able to spend the entire day on the Yale campus and attend classes on a wide range of topics taught by Yale undergrads. Classes are available in the humanities, math, science, English, and philosophy – just to name a few. This past fall, Splash offered psychology of shopping, model college admissions committee, politics and action movies, creative writing, and mindfulness and stress tolerance. Yale even offers a class on the science of ice cream in which you taste your results at the end of class. The upcoming spring Splash is being offered April 8th, 2017. Enrollment is twenty dollars and lunch is available for an additional ten, although you are certainly welcome to bring your own. The program is nine to five, and you select your classes during online enrollment at https://yale.learningu.org/learn/splash.html.

There are t-shirts available for ten dollars on the day of classes. These classes are a great opportunity to explore one of the more prestigious universities in Connecticut.

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https://pixabay.com/en/yale-university-landscape-1604159/

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Humans of LH

By: Katie Rooney

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“I don’t want to get my hopes up for college, but at the same time if I don’t motivate myself enough to tell myself I can do it then I’m not going to want to and I’ll doubt myself. I don’t really talk about this to my friends but one of my biggest struggles is that every single day I’ve been thinking about leaving and I know it’s only November, like I said to my friend ‘this is our last year of high school’ and he said ‘it’s only November, calm down.’ But before we know it, we’re gonna be graduating. That crosses my mind a lot, especially when I went and visited Tulane, and I feel like a lot of my friends are going to stay in the Northeast and they will probably meet up a lot more with each other than I can with them because I’ll be really far away. I don’t know, that’s been on my mind lately which is really stressful. I’m really just trying to cherish the time and spend time with people because I know that after high school it’s going to be really difficult to come see them, especially because my parents are moving after I go to college, so I won’t even be spending summers in Connecticut. They’re getting an apartment in New York so there won’t be space for me when I come back, I’ll need to figure something out on my own. I told them they can’t move until I start sophomore year though so that I can still have my first summer in Connecticut. The idea of leaving everyone has really been a struggle. I’ve lived here for so long and I’m just gonna be packing up and leaving. Lauralton is actually so great, it’s so sad that we’ve spent four years here together, that in four years we’ve become such close friends–and you’ll make them at college too, but it’s not gonna be the same. I always think that you’ll never be exactly who you were in a certain moment of time, that’s why I get so emotional thinking about leaving because I’m not just leaving for college, I’m leaving the person I am right now, even though I’ll carry all of this with me.”

Audra Logan ’17

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An Interview with Ms. Boynton!

By: Audra Logan

This month I got to interview the infamous Ms. Boynton! Here are a few things you may not have known about the wonderful head of the English Department….

What compelled you to teach English?

“Most of my students know I wanted to be a nurse but failed organic chemistry twice, so English was my other love.”

 What do you love about teaching at an all-girls school?

“More especially at this all-girls school, I love the creative freedom I have in the classroom, and I love the camaraderie I share with my beloved students. Also as a woman, that I can try to be a good role model for them and they remind me of how silly I was when I was younger”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?

“Ohh, risotto. Truly, it would be hot creamy risotto with asparagus and shrimp maybe, in Florence, Italy.”

If you could be one literary character for a day, who would it be?

“I would be Emily Dickinson because I like to stay up late. She’s my favorite poet.”

What is your best piece of advice for a student?

“Come in with an open heart and an open mind. Bring something to my table because it’s all about me.”

What’s one of your favorite memories?

“I was running away from home. I packed a suitcase with a PB&J, my Raggedy Ann doll, and a blanket. I got as far as two houses away, which was my grandma’s house, and I fell asleep under her rhododendron bush in her yard and then when I woke up, I was ready to go home.”

 Favorite quote from literature?

“‘And gladly did he learn and gladly teach.’ – Oxford cleric, Canterbury Tales prologue.”

Are you good at ice skating?

“No, first of all it’s too cold. Secondly….” The second thing is something the public isn’t allowed to know 😉

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http://www.lauraltonhall.org/meet-the-faculty-english

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Movie Night!

By: Olivia Cholewczynski

November is a big month for movie releases because of Thanksgiving. Not sure what there is to see? Here is a guide on the most anticipated movies to hit theaters this month.

  1. Doctor Strange

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Marvel Studios presents Doctor Strange, a superhero movie about a man named Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who loses the use of his hands from an accident. He hopes to find a cure in a mysterious enclave, and finds himself involved in dark magic. He becomes a skilled sorcerer and must travel between alternate dimensions in order to save the Marvel universe.

If you are a fan of Marvel, DC, or fantasy/action movies, this is the next movie for you to see. It is rated PG-13.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/HSzx-zryEgM

  1. Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is directed by Mel Gibson and based on the true story of Dr. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield). Doss is drafted to serve as army doctor in World War II, but he refuses to fire a gun due to his religious beliefs. He saves 75 soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa, winning the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service.

Fans of biographies and true stories will love Hacksaw Ridge. It’s rated R, so if you’re under 17 make sure you have someone 17 or older with you.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/s2-1hz1juBI

  1. Trolls

Directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, Trolls is a Dreamworks animated film about two trolls, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake), who team up to save their village and their friends from the Bergens who have invaded. This unlikely duo must overcome their differences as they embark on their quest.

Trolls is a great movie for any age, young or old. It is rated PG. If you like Disney, Pixar, or animation in general, Trolls is the way to go.

Traitor: https://youtu.be/xyjm5VQ11TQ

  1. Arrival

Director Denis Villeneuve brings us another gripping movie posing the ever-present “what if?” when it comes to extraterrestrials. When strange alien ships touch down on Earth, Professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) becomes the leader of a unit trying to find a way to communicate with them before global war erupts.

Arrival is a classic science-fiction alien movie that models Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Fans of Gravity and The Martian will love this movie. It is rated PG-13.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/tFMo3UJ4B4g

  1. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee, is one of those rare films that makes you rethink your whole life. It follows hero Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who has come back from fighting in Iraq. His Bravo Squad is being honored and celebrated in the Thanksgiving Day football game halftime, but we see through flashbacks what he really experienced while at war. This is sure to change your whole perspective of American soldiers.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s book. This is a great movie to see for Thanksgiving or Veteran’s Day, and is sure to leave you teary-eyed. It is rated R.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/veoPig2LJDU

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts is a prequel film of the Harry Potter series, screenplay written by J.K. Rowling herself. Taking place in the 1920s, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has travelled the world documenting magical beasts. He stops off in America for a short time, but some of his beasts escape and he has to stay and find them before they wreak havoc on the magical and non-magical worlds.

Fans of Harry Potter have named this movie a must-see. We will finally get a look at the wizarding world in America. It is rated PG-13.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/VYZ3U1inHA4

  1. Moana

Disney Animation Studios brings us their next princess, a Polynesian sailor named Moana (Auli’i Cravalho). She sets sail to find the demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and to save her people. The two must fulfill a quest set out for them by their ancestors, even if that means facing terrible monsters and risking their lives.

Moana is the perfect movie for any Disney or animation lover. It’s directed by the same people who did Frozen and Tangled and features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind Hamilton and In the Heights. It is rated PG.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/LKFuXETZUsI

Support your favorite film studios or actors by seeing multiple movies this holiday season! Have fun movie watchers!

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