Star Wars: The Force Awakens

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. It is big and bold and a lot of fun to watch. You can pick up right where you left off, or you can start here even if you have never watched before.

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The Big Short

This movie shows you the true story of how a group of guys shorted the failing housing market. Back in 2005, no one thought that betting against the housing market made any sense. It was mortgages, the safest bet in town. But once some traders took a hard look at what was going on, they realized that not only was the housing market unstable, it was sure to fail…Big. If you are intrigued by what lead up to the financial crisis that started in 2007, and how we all missed it, this is the film for you.

The Revenant

If you are down on your luck, and you think that you just can’t take it anymore…watch this movie. Based on true events that happened to Hugh Glass, The Revenant tells a story of tremendous obstacles and overwhelming hurdles. Glass is a guide that is leading a party of fur trappers through the woods in the early 1800s. He get severely injured and is left for dead. By his sheer force of will, and some fortunate encounters along the way, Hugh Glass makes it back to the camp after being presumed dead and gone. This epic film makes you rethink what you think you would be unable to survive. It is great for a moments of weakness where you need something to help drive you to the next level.

If I Stay

In this movie we follow flashbacks in the life a young musician, Mia. She has grown up in a family of musicians, but struggles to find her identity. When Mia meets Adam, she starts to find the confidence to come out of her shell and find her true self. But, there is trouble ahead for Mia, Adam and the whole family. This is an emotional and endearing movie that makes you think about what you really want out of life. What would you do if you were given the choice to stay or to go?

Take Me Home

Thom is having a bad day. He has lost his job and his landlord is kicking him out. The only thing he has is his cab, which he drives illegally. Clare isn’t doing much better. She feels trapped in a life that she has built that doesn’t suit her. When she hears bad news about her dad, she jumps into Thom’s cab and tells him to drive and not stop. These characters end up learning a lot about themselves while they are out on the open road. This film feels like a misty gray day. Watch this when your thoughts are allowed to slow down and the mood is allowed to be a bit more downplayed.

Beast of No Nation

This powerful film is set in Ghana during a civil war. We follow Agu, a young boy who has grown up in a loving family. As the rebels force terror into their village Agu’s family attempts to flee. Through a series of circumstances Agu finds himself alone and scared finding that his only way to survive is to become a child soldier. This group of child soldiers are lead by a charismatic and vicious commander who demands the most of them. This is an intense film that tackles a weighty subject. It is one to watch when you are looking for something real and deep that makes you ask the big questions.

The Ides of March

This political drama shows just how much power can corrupt. This film feels more like a play than a movie.  There is are definitive acts that take you from an optomistic junior campaign manager to a person willing to leverage whatever he wants for more power. Watching this movie feels like listening in on someone else’s secret. It is good for a time when you are in the mood for a light thriller or a darker dramatic movie.