By members of the Pleiad staff
The month of December is the time when some of the years’ best movies hit the big screen. From action-packed films to riveting flicks based on true events, here are some of the Pleiad’s recommendations for what to see over this holiday season.
Andrew Wittland — ‘The Greatest Showman’
The holiday movie musical strikes the big screen again in 2017. Directed by the up-and-coming Michael Gracey, this film highlights the vision and birth of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Featuring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, who is making his first major musical appearance since Disney’s “High School Musical,” “The Greatest Showman” already has movie critics at the edge of their seats.
Steve Marowski — ‘Murder on the Orient Express’
Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” has a star-studded cast and features Kenneth Branagh as detective Hercule Poirot. After a murder on the train, Poirot takes matters into his own hands to find the culprit and get everyone to their destinations safely. Catch this movie before it leaves theaters.
Camille Roloff — ‘Pitch Perfect 3’
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson return to the screen as Bellas one last time. After winning the World Championship, members of the group are struggling to find jobs. The Bellas then get a chance reunite for an overseas tour. Their trip is bound to be full of exciting new adventures that are full of laughs. The film is set to release December 22.
Katie Boni — ‘The Commuter’
Liam Neeson stars in this suspenseful movie where his character is approached on his train ride to work. Their casual conversation soon takes a dark twist as he is roped into solving a riddle before they reach his stop. It’s a matter of life or death if he fails. This movie comes out January 12.
Kellie Brown — ‘The Post’
Based on real-life events, “The Post” tells the story of the news editor who revealed the Pentagon Papers to the rest of the country. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie comes out for wide release on January 12.
Autumn VanHeulen — ‘I, Tonya’
The film stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, a woman at the top of her game in the figure skating world until she supposedly sabotages her opponent by breaking her leg. With Allison Janney as her abusive mother and Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband who performed the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, the film promises to once again get people talking about the ever infamous Harding — a skater, boxer and felon.
Jordan Revenaugh — ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
The highly anticipated eighth “Star Wars” film is finally hitting the big screen, starring Daisy Ridley as the headstrong female lead, Rey, and Adam Driver as the angsty villain, Kylo Ren. After discovering Luke Skywalker on a mysterious island in the concluding scenes of “The Force Awakens,” Rey embarks upon an adventure with Luke, Leia and her ally Poe to discover the well-kept secrets of the force as well as the truth about the last Jedi.