Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith. Set in Sacramento, California, in 2002, it is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior and her turbulent relationship with her mother.
In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
The film received 199 nominations including 5 Oscar nominations. It won 106 awards including 2 Golden Globes.
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%
(1 hours 34 mins)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 British historical drama directed by Mike Newell and written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The film is based on the 2008 novel of the same name, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet's growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.
Despite the mouthful of a title, the film has a lovely feel-good factor with good acting and stunning scenery.
PS. This is not only your chance to see a good film but a rare opportunity to try potato peel pie!
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%
(2 hours 4 mins)
The Happy Prince
The Happy Prince is a British biographical drama film about Oscar Wilde, written and directed by Rupert Everett. The film stars Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Edwin Thomas and Tom Wilkinson.
The film portrays the last days of the literary genius Oscar Wilde as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.
Rupert Everett is magnificent as he brings power and empathy to Wilde's gutter years. His performance is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%
(1 hour 45 mins)
Wonder is an American drama film, directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
A touching and open-hearted film with strong messages about kindness, friendship and acceptance, Wonder is a feel-good drama for the whole family.
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
(1 hour 53 mins)