What movies to watch and look forward to

With the semester getting busier, the need for a mental break between exams, homework and your job is at an all-time high.

One of the best ways to relax is to kick back and watch a movie. If you are having trouble choosing a film, I’ve made a list in order to aid you in your search for a relaxing hour or two. So, by yourself or with some friends, head over to your local theater, buy some popcorn and soda and let the wonderful experience that is the movies whisk you away from all your troubles.

In theaters now:


What it’s about: Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky returns to the psychological-thriller genre with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem starring in this film about unwanted guests.

Why you should see it: If Lawrence and Bardem’s names don’t get you excited for this film, then Darren Aronofsky’s should. This is a must-see for people hoping for a film that leaves you speechless. With films such as “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream” under his belt, Aronofsky is sure to have you questioning everything.

What the students say: “It’s not a movie for everybody, but if you love film, then you need to see it. It pushes the boundaries of film by using metaphors to portray God, the earth and human nature and the way those interact together” – Josiah Schoen, senior screenwriting major.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

What it’s about: The Kingsmen make their return with yet another villain who tests their strength. An American spy organization joins the Kingsmen in order to defeat the villain and save the world.

Why you should see it: Everyone loves a spy flick, and this series is up there with the coolest. With Taron Egerton and Colin Firth starring, and the addition of Channing Tatum and Halle Berry, it’ll be hard to say no to this movie.

What the critics say: “’Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ doubles down on slick action and spy genre riffs, but adds enough fresh and fun elements to provide an exciting sequel.” – Molly Freeman, Screen Rant

Logan Lucky

What it’s about: A heist at the racetrack! This hilarious caper film starring Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum and Adam Driver is about a group of idiots trying to steal from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This movie will fulfill your needs for comedy, action and crime.

Why you should see it: If you like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Talladega Nights,” then this movie is for you. The mixture of laughter and crime-related suspense in this film is the perfect antidote for those midterm blues.

Coming soon:

September 22

Battle of the Sexes

What it’s about: A tennis match in 1973 between champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell) that was marketed as The Battle of The Sexes and was one of the most watched sports events at the time.

Why you should watch it: With such an interesting story and two star actors, this will be a great film. With hints of comedy and a whole lot of tennis, this is sure to entertain you in its entirety.

What the students say: “it looks like it’s going to talk about some important issues while also adding some humor to it.” – Alexis Brown, junior social work major.

October 7

Blade Runner 2049

What it’s about: In this futuristic sequel to the 1982 original, Ryan Gosling stars with Harrison Ford as “Officer K,” a blade runner on a journey to save society from a well-kept secret.

Why you should see it: From “The Notebook” and “Crazy Stupid Love” to “A Place Beyond The Pines” and “Drive,” Gosling has shown that he is one of the best, while also looking good doing it. For a taste of action from the future and Gosling’s dreamy blue eyes and Ford’s charisma, watch this movie and enjoy.

What the critics say: “Blade Runner 2049” has the potential to be something else, just like the original back in 1982.” – Nick Allen, rogerebert.com

October 20

The Snowman

What it’s about: A boy finds his missing mother’s scarf on a snowman, which leads to the investigation by detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) of a sinister serial killer.

Why you should see it: If you’re looking for a good spook, then this is the film for you. Be warned, this film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel will ruin snowmen for you for sure.