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Five Movies to See During Winter Break 2017

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and moviegoers can start looking forward to this holiday season’s most anticipated theatrical releases. From a riveting period drama chronicling the life of Winston Churchill to the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise, this winter’s lineup caters to every movie taste.

“Darkest Hour”

In his latest film, “Darkest Hour,” acclaimed director Joe Wright (“Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement”) details the life of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Set for release Nov. 22, the film boasts a strong cast, including Gary Oldman, — who has garnered praise in festival reviews for his portrayal as Churchill, — Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Baby Driver”) and Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). The film has been lauded for its powerful narrative and outstanding acting performances, making it an undoubtedly fierce contender in this year’s Oscars race.

“I, Tonya”

“I, Tonya,” which hits select theaters Dec. 8, has been deemed a crowd pleaser since it began touring at film festivals earlier this year. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film chronicles the life and career of famous figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie). Robbie (“Suicide Squad,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”)  has received recognition for her portrayal of Harding, in which she lends a surprisingly sympathetic view toward her character that counteracts Harding’s infamous reputation.

“The Shape of Water”

The latest film from writer and director Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water,” will surely entertain audiences with its quirky, touching tale about a woman (Sally Hawkins) whose life dramatically changes after she discovers a mysterious sea creature. The film hits theaters Dec. 8 and is being called one of del Toro’s finest in years. It has earned praise for its gothic, fairytale style and breathtaking cinematography. “The Shape of Water” should be a treat for those searching for a film both unconventional and wildly entertaining.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Writer and director Rian Johnson’s (“The Brothers Bloom,” “Looper”) highly anticipated installment in the “Stars Wars” saga, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” has been a hot topic of conversation since its latest trailer aired during Game 7 of the World Series. With so much excitement generated around its release, fans can only hope the film will live up to the hype. With its talented cast, including Carrie Fisher (“Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back”) in her final performance, and its riveting plot developments, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is sure to delight audiences this holiday season when it hits theaters Dec. 15.

“The Post”

Director and producer Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”) will follow the holidays with his newest film, “The Post,” which hits theaters Jan. 12. The film depicts The Washington Post’s infamous decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which shared a classified study of the Vietnam War carried out by the Department of Defense. Spielberg’s latest work should thrive off its star-studded cast, which includes Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Saving Private Ryan”) as the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep (“Sophie’s Choice,” “The Iron Lady”) as publisher Katherine Grahame. If the film lives up to its potential, it’ll surely earn some recognition.

It seems that the next few months will offer movie lovers a variety of promising films, generating some fierce competition for the upcoming awards season.

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