By:Kimberly Donahue

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Well, it’s almost Christmas….in six weeks. There is already lots of excitement building towards the holiday season with Christmas movies and decorations already releasing themselves to the world. It makes the crew feel bad for the forgotten holiday of Thanksgiving. Where are those films like one about the Mayflower? Who would direct it? Fun/Sad Fact: Will has never enjoyed the movie Elf.

News On the March

Julie Gregg, known for her role as Sandra Corleone in the Godfather passed away this past week.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director, David Yates, has expressed interest in directing the rest of the five part film series.

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Rogue One writers are getting involved in modern day politics after Donald Trump was elected president. They have used the symbol of revolution, a safety pin, in order to protest.

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The Motion Picture of America Association won a lawsuit that said that tobacco in films is legal  and that the rating system recommends what children should and shouldn’t watch. It’s protecting First Amendment rights for movies.

Antonio Banderas will be playing Andrea Bochelli in the biopic Music of Silence.

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IDW publishing will release a storybook for The Princess Bride, just short of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Ray Liotta is in talks to star alongside Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, the film will be the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper.

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Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is in production and set to release in February 2018.

Movies I Haven’t Seen

Liv: Shawshanck Redemption, Schindler’s List, Animal House, Back to the Future

Will:Animal House, Back to the Future, Million Dollar Baby, Scarface

Kaeli: 12 Years a Slave, Million Dollar Baby

Patrick: 12 Years a Slave, The Social Network, Zero Dark Thirty, Requiem for a Dream

Reviews

Almost Christmas

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A dysfunctional family gets together for their first Christmas together since the death of their mother. The fact this wasn’t directed by Tyler Perry saves this movie. There’s great chemistry and the comedy hits, it’s uplifting and the family heals through the magic of Christmas. It feels very genuine and a good pick-me-up. Wait until after Thanksgiving and see it.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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19 year old Billy Lynn is brought back from fighting in Iraq for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, it is revealed what really happened to his squad. It’s long, slow, and boring. It’s definitely not Brokeback Mountain. It did not come alive. It would have been more interesting if it was Ang Lee reading the book in front of a fireplace. It didn’t look great either with being shot 120 frames per second. This doesn’t really work for a war movie. Skip it.

Arrival

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A linguist is recruited by the military to facilitate communications with aliens. This is very different for a first contact alien movie because the aliens are not really doing much. It’s more of a human contact kind of movie. A little repetitive. Amy Adams gives a great performance. Overall, it’s different from what you would expect. It’s best to see this movie with zero expectations and sleep on it for your reactions. It’s come at a very opportune time. See it!

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Top 10 Wartime Movies

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10.Black Hawk Down

9.Full Meadow Jacket

8.Lone Survivor

7.The Patriot

6.Glory

5.Letters from Iwo Jima

4.Platoon

3.Braveheart

2.Apocalypse Now

1.Saving Private Ryan

This Week at the Box Office

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1.Doctor Strange $34 million

2.Trolls $28 million

3.Arrival $22 million

4.Almost Christmas $15 million

5.Hacksaw Ridge $9 million

That’s all for this installment of The Screening Room! Tune in next Sunday for more on 88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University.