Jem and the Holograms (2015)

Sometimes it is best to give new things a chance. I couldn’t have gotten dragged to this film because I thought it was stupid, but boy was I was wrong. The songs were really good and the lead singers were actually cast because they can sign. It was a win-win for movie goers. The only negative thing about this film is the little hologram guy, but we can give the writers a pass for giving us a decent story.

The Other End of the Line (2008)

Not many people have probably heard of this movie, let alone give it a chance. I did one night on Netflix and totally fell for this movie. As corny as it may be, this movie is really creative, funny, charming, and original. It showcases that love can concur all, including international boundaries and cultures. A perfect date night movie.

Ice Princess (2005)

This film is one of my girlfriend’s favorites and since it involves skating I have no problem watching it whenever she wants. Over the last decade I’ve come to learn more about figure skating so that allows me to appreciate the hard work and personal sacrifices our main characters go through. In typical Disney fashion, this story does have a happy ending, but it is a realistic ending.

Chalet Girl (2011)

Based on a recommendation from my girlfriend’s sister, we sat down to watch what turned out to be a very delightful movie. Despite it’s kind of predictable story, I really enjoyed this film. Sure I love all things winter, but the way Felicity Jones’ character struggled in her new environment really drew me in and kept me entertained until the end.

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, sometimes there is no need for sequels. Sex and City 2 was really a step back for the girls and every other character involved in this popular franchise. This movie was made so everyone could go to Dubai. The story is more about the luxurious culture then giving us a meaningful story. Part 2 destroyed everything that worked in the first film, which lured me in to begin.

Sex and the City (2008)

Never in my lifetime did I think I would watch and enjoy Sex and the City. After being introduced to the girls, I was completely wrong to think this series/movie was stupid because it was so good. I enjoyed the story, the drama, the heartbreak, the laughs, and the moments where everything went back to normal. The story really got me invested in the characters, who I was familiar with, but knew nothing about.

Money Monster (2016)

We all need to take a deep breath and realize this movie could never actually happen. Although for entertainment purposes, this was definitely a new twist on the typical hostage situation. I loved the New York sense of humour and attitude, but was never scared of the actual bad guy. Clooney and Roberts carry this film to it’s rather anti-climatic and predictable ending.

The Revenant (2015)

Leonardo Di Capo is amazing and Tom Hardy is a ruthless bad guy. The scenery is breath-taking and the director does a fantastic job of allowing the back drop really tell the story. This film deserves all the praise it gets even when it gets long and boring. Sadly the way the movie ends left me with an empty feeling.

Ben-Hur (2016)

It is extremely difficult to remake movies, let alone iconic films that are so treasured. Ben-Hur gets a make over thanks to advances in technology and narration by Morgan Freeman. The characters all play their parts admirably but it is hard not to compare the two films. For those who have never seen the original, you will be introduced to it and all its glory, while others will question why it was ever remade at all.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pete’s Dragon is one of the best movies of 2016, if not the family movie of the year. This film should win a bunch of awards and rightfully so. The story is authentic, the CGI is perfect, and there’s a small town vibe to the whole story that doesn’t feel like the typical summer blockbuster. The bad guys make you hate them, while our heroes will make you fall in love with them. Definitely one of my top movie recommendations.