2018 Movies To Watch - Love, Simon

Movies To Watch Right Now

You should know that I don’t claim to be a movie buff nor do I have any credentials that rival the Siskels or the Eberts of the world. But I do know what I like. And though I would normally rather binge a Housewives marathon, preparing for the wedding–shedding weight and saving dollars–has inspired me to dive into my growing list of movies to watch.

The backlog of movies I’ve missed while following the deep seeded love/hate relationships of the Kims, Nenes, Tamaras and Vickis is large. There are some serious classics that I’ve never had the pleasure of watching. But that mountain felt too large to tackle pre-wedding. So I started from now. What could I see today… in a theater? P.S. if you haven’t been to Green Hills Regal Theater, you haven’t lived — it has a full bar AND reclining seats [translation: you can get drunk AND pass out]!

While some of these are no longer available in the theater (your loss, not mine), these are the movies to watch. I demand it.

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Movies To Watch Right Now

Molly’s Game:  Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of the almost Olympian turned poker princess Molly Bloom rivaled veteran actress Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. And Aaron Sorkin [The Social Network] delivers another win with his directorial debut. Energetic and entertaining, Molly’s Game is a must see.

I, Tonya: Margot Robie and Alison Janey received all the praise for their roles as Tonya Harding and her mother. But the dark horse in this film is Stan Sebastian as Harding’s abusive and bizarre husband Jeff Gillooly. He nails the portrayal in a way that makes him loveable and disgusting at the same time. The entire cast wows in this controversial 90’s story, told beautifully through Steven Rogers’ screenplay.

Lady Bird: If no other movies make your ‘movies to watch’ list, this one should be the only one you see. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird has all the heart and soul of an American classic. Laurie Metcalf shines in the role she was made to play. And the lead character is filled with contridictions that will keep you talking about the film long after the ending credits.

Love, Simon: Another coming of age film pulling deep on the heart strings. Though Love, Simon tells a beautiful coming out story that recreates the 80s romcom genre for modern day. Based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this story is one that every parent, child and person should see.

A Quiet Place: John Krasinski wrote, directed and starred opposite his reallife wife Emily Blunt in this nerve-wracking sci-fi flick. Though light in spoken dialouge, the quietness of A Quiet Place is what builds suspense that lives up to the hype of its critical acclaim. Catch this in the theater if you can. It’s worth the experience.

What are your picks for movies to watch this year?