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What Movies Have You Enjoyed Lately?

Tonight, my friend Gemma and I are sneaking away from our families and meeting in Manhattan, ordering popcorn and watching the new movie The Farewell. Have you heard of it? Awkwafina stars as Billi, a young woman whose grandmother has only a few weeks to live — but doesn’t know it. “The family thinks it’s better not to tell her,” explains Billi’s dad, so, as an excuse to all travel to China to say farewell to their grandmother, they throw a pretend wedding. The movie has gotten a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and I’m really looking forward to it.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

P.S. Your top three movies of all time, and how do you think about death?

  1. Betty Rose says...

    The new documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache is amazing! she was the first ever female filmmaker that no one knows about! Such an incredible pioneer, had her own film studio, directed, produced, did it all! Out now on VOD (itunes and Amazon) Think close to 100% on Rotten Tomatoes too! Highly highly recommend

  2. Leanne says...

    I enjoyed The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Juliet, Naked is a good one too.
    The Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy was surprisingly really cute! The Big Sick, Lion King….

  3. Geraldine says...

    Just a few weeks ago a saw Yesterday, a movie about a musician who cannot make it. He gets hit by a bus and wakes up in world where nobody know the Beatles… It’s sweet and funny. A really good feel-good movie!

  4. Lauren E. says...

    I will give another plug for Something Great on Netflix. One of the best movies I’ve seen in the past year, and it’s a total girl power anthem. Can’t recommend it enough!

  5. florence says...

    The Farewell is SOOO good! And I also loved Toy Story 4, think it’s my favorite Toy Story. Beyonce’s Homecoming is also amazing. Love all these stories by and about women (Bo Peep included!).

  6. RP says...

    I can’t wait to see The Farewell! BOOKSMART has been my fav movie of the year. It’s a must see.

    • Kaitlin says...

      SO SO GOOD! I loved Booksmart so very much. I think it’s one of those that you could watch over and over and never get sick of.

  7. Meg says...

    I recently began watching DCI Banks- I am only on Season 2, but it is a very enjoyable series. I also recommend Case Histories starring Jason Isaacs. A bit of drama & murder but with a quirky side to it.

  8. Gaby says...

    Well, I’ve been singing Hakuna Matada for a week now, so…The Lion King.

  9. Not sure if this is showing in other parts of the country, but look out for The Last Black Man in San Francisco won awards at Sundance and is so Oscar-worthy! The cinematograpy is absolutely stunning and genius. Check out the reviews!

    • Just saw it last night, very beautiful, tender and so moving.

    • Kim says...

      Painful, beautiful, elegiac.

  10. Sarz says...

    My favourite movie in recent years was Leave No Trace. My personal experience looks nothing like the two protagonists, but I still found myself sobbing by the midway point. Geez, that never happens.
    It just struck me as a pretty perfect expression of unselfish love, and an unbiased public service announcement for mental health awareness. I really hope it becomes a classic.

  11. Tori says...

    Juliet, Naked on AMazon. The title is misleading, sweet funny British rom com that was surprisingly thoughtful.

  12. Mullica says...

    I saw Farewell and it was great! I related to the movie so much. It was nice to see the quirks of a family that reminds me of my own. Awkwafina is from Queens! NYC love.

  13. I cannot wait to see this movie. This speaks to me in so many ways as a Chinese American woman and as someone who lost their grandmother earlier this year. My grandmother raised me alongside my mom and the strong connection I have to my heritage is all due to her. So grateful this movie is being celebrated. It’s about damn time.

  14. NR says...

    Have you seen Workin’ Moms on Netflix?

  15. emily says...

    This movie is GORGEOUS. I laughed and cried. Enjoy!!

    • Lauren says...

      Is it in theaters?

  16. Malena says...

    this movie looks so good! Is it authentic, especially the parts in China? would love to see an article on authentic foreign films, especially since you must get access to SO MANY living in NYC.

    • Alice says...

      The Farewell was written and is told from the perspective of a Chinese-American woman. Even though a lot of the movie takes place in China and is subtitled, I (also a Chinese-American woman) would very much consider this to be an American film. I loved it — highly recommend!

    • Julia says...

      I KNEW this story sounded familiar!

    • Anna says...

      Came to the comments just to check if anyone else remembers this story from This American Life too! Amazing story and can’t wait to see the movie! x

    • Maria says...

      I knew it I’d heard this story! One of my favorite podcasts. Makes me want to see it even more.

  17. I absolutely loved Booksmart. It made me laugh SO hard! <3

  18. Jess says...

    The description of this movie made me think of the book The Immoralists by Chloe Benjamin. It’s about 4 young siblings in NYC who find out via a fortune teller the dates of their deaths and the impact of that knowledge on their lives going forward. SO GOOD, highly recommend.

    • Amy Vos says...

      Loved this book!

  19. Pam D says...

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood!! Outstanding!

  20. Julie says...

    I just watched Double Dragon from the 90’s because my husband and I saw our favorite bad movie podcast How Did This Get Made live, and that was the movie they chose. It was…fascinating.

    In terms of GOOD stuff, Into the Spiderverse was gorgeously animated and featured the most engrossing story and characters, and I recently rewatched Grosse Pointe Blank, one of my absolute favorites.

  21. Allie says...

    I saw The Farewell last night with a friend too (obviously we’re your spirit sisters, CoJ!). I thought it was wonderful. A really interesting, beautiful movie about a complicated family in a complicated situation. It made me think about how much culture influences decisions we make about family and healthcare (wondering if it should be required viewing for the medical students at the University where I teach). And also made me realize that almost every family bonds over food! Definitely recommend!

  22. Sally says...

    I hardly ever go to the cinema, but in the last month I’ve been to 2 films, ‘Toy Story 4’ and ‘The Lion King’.
    I basically sobbed through them both. For The Lion King, it had been a favourite film of mine as a child, but I hadn’t sat down and watched the old version from start to end for probably… 15 years plus.
    So seeing the new one – especially having lost my dad 2 years ago – it touched a bit of a raw place. But I walked out having loved it.

    For Toy Story… I’ve actually thought about Gabby Gabby loads since!

  23. Linda says...

    ahh! i’m seeing this today with some gfs! as a momma, i very rarely ever make it out to see movies. but we really wanted to make the effort to support and see this film. Thanks so much jo for showcasing this little film! as an asian american, films like this means so much to us. i know this get repeated often but representation does matter. and with a son now, i want him to grow up knowing he has a place in the states and isn’t an “other”.

  24. Charlotte says...

    I just went to the movies yesterday to see ‘The biggest little farm’ documentary and LOVED it. So inspirational. It was in the Netherlands though, so not sure if it’s (still) in theaters in the US

    • Beth Parsons says...

      I loved this also. They extended the showings here in Boulder, CO so I’ve been encouraging people to go see it. Such an eye opener about how we mass farm and what can be done successfully with the will and patience to do it right. And how freaking AMAZING is nature??!?!?!?

  25. Sarah Yeung says...

    Thanks so much for lifting this movie up! As a Chinese American I am really excited to identify with the culture and people on the big screen. It’s so important that as more movies centering Asian and Pacific Islander stories and actors get made, influencers support and promote their success.

  26. I really enjoyed the movie Tomorrow. It’s about climate change – but focuses on creative solutions to the environmental and social challenges of our climate emergency. Well worth a watch! As an aside, I’ve said it before, but I would really love to see some climate change related content on CoJ.

    • Lauren says...

      Agree. Would love environmental content!

    • Will definitely check it out – thank you for the recommendation!

  27. Elizabeth says...

    This sounds exactly like a story I heard on “This American Life”. Now I really want t go see it!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      the this american life episode was about the director/writer of this movie! so cool, right?

    • Alex says...

      Aha! I was just thinking, I swear I have heard this story before! Such a good episode. I had no idea they were making a movie!

    • Maureen O'Grady says...

      I thought the same exact thing when reading the description! I thought I have heard this story before.

    • Amy Brancato says...

      Thank you!! I was like – wait, I know I’ve heard this story on a podcast!! I hadn’t heard about this movie, but now I’m very intrigued.

    • Ah – figured it must be one and the same. Looks good!

  28. Lane says...

    “Ask Dr. Ruth” is the best documentary I have watched in a long long time and it’s available to watch on Hulu! Highly recommend.

    • lydia says...

      i agree!! incredibly inspiring

  29. rocketman!
    Stuber!
    I love the movie critic at Us Weekly. . .maramovies.com

  30. SEVDI says...

    I’m conflicted about whether I would want to know if I was dying. I neither have children, nor affairs that require time to put in order. On the other hand, I tend to live with dreams of a future which is happier than my current life rather than do something to be happier, so knowing that time is running out might force me to finally take action. One thing I’m wondering regarding the film, though; if this is a Chinese thing, don’t all elderly Chinese in ill health secretly worry that they are dying, but nobody is telling them?

    • Rebecca says...

      Don’t all elderly people (or all people, even) in general secretly worry that they are dying? ;-) Just playing devil’s advocate.

  31. Judy says...

    Echo in the Canyon, Rocketman and Biggest Little Farm, which have all been mentioned. Eagerly awaiting Farewell and Blinded by the Light. I am not much into all the comic book movies, but Spiderman is a fav of mine, and the new movie did not disappoint(Spiderman Far From Home).

  32. I recently watched Captain Fantastic, The Green Book and The Favorite and I loved them to bits! It’s so nice to see a movie of great quality

  33. Pria says...

    I’m behind the times but… A Star Is Born. Watched for the first time last week & waaay better than expected.

  34. Hayley says...

    Ooh, I am going to make sure I see The Farewell when it comes out here! I heard the original story on This American Life last year, the episode’s called In Defense of Ignorance. Highly recommend a listen, it was a real standout for me!

  35. Annie says...

    My husband and I went to see Stuber with zero expectations and were pleasantly surprised. If you need a good laugh, I would recommend.

  36. Lisa says...

    I loved Yesterday.

  37. Joaquina says...

    “If Beale Street Could Talk” was the last film I saw on the big screen that amazed me. The beautiful cinematography, its moving story, the riveting acting, naturalistic and throwback NYC scenery, and soundtrack were perfection. It took me back to watching movies on the big screen as a kid in the 1980s, being immersed in vibrant storytelling, wanting to see more. I urge any fellow cinephile to watch this masterpiece.

    • Samantha says...

      Barry Jenkins and Lulu Wang, who wrote/directed The Farewell are dating! Fun fact!

    • Susan Y. says...

      Joaquina I totally agree with you.

  38. Genna says...

    I highly recommend the documentary Maiden. It’s about the first all female sailing team in the around the world yachting race. So inspiring and entertaining!

    • Looking forward to seeing this when it comes to my town! I heard an interview on Fresh Air about it and it sounds amazing.

  39. Meghan says...

    I LOVED Booksmart. Funny, smart, fall on the ground laughing and so many good doses of that nostalgic high school feeling.

  40. Lorraine says...

    I happened to have a day off the day “The Farewell” came out – so I went to the 11am showing at the Angelika in a room with about 5 other people. Loved it, loved her in it. So touching.

  41. The Last Black Man in San Francisco was the most magnificently beautiful film I have seen in a very long time.

    • Kathryn says...

      Agreed!

    • Sarz says...

      Ahh, Sissy, I’m just dying to see that! I live in a Canadian town large enough to boast 2 indie theatres and a handful of chain ones, but none carry the film. It’s frustrating when you want to support a movie, but have no outlet to do so. I’ll live vicariously!

  42. Ann says...

    Elton John movie was fab!
    Yesterday was meh!
    Book smart was fair to middling!
    Farewell dying to see!

    • gracemarie says...

      Yes, another person who isn’t geeking out over Booksmart! Lol. I liked the end but it didn’t wow me. I’m also not the target audience – I don’t really like gross out comedies.

  43. Becca says...

    I’ve been pretty obsessed with the late great French filmmaker Agnes Varda lately. They have a bunch of her films on Kanopy (free through participating libraries) and I’m especially into her playful documentaries. “Daguerreotypes” (1976) is a collection of portraits of the people that occupy the small shops of the Rue Daguerre in Paris, and it’s just beautiful.

    • anja says...

      agnes is the absolute best. have loved her for years- check out faces, places, too- it`s great!

    • gracemarie says...

      I LOVE LOVE Kanopy! It’s the best.

  44. Michelle says...

    Wild Rose, such an emotional ending!

  45. H says...

    Saw Olympic Dreams with Nick Kroll at BAM and loved it. A sorta rom com shot in the actual Olympic Village during the Winter Olympics in Seoul. Very heartfelt and unique.

  46. shannon says...

    Did anyone see The Lion King?? We saw it last weekend during the heat wave here on the East Coast and were glad we did! Definitely lots of messages and themes that went completely over my head before (child of the 90s here). Beyonce did a great job voicing Nala, Timon and Pumbaa’s lines were hilarious, the music was beautiful, and the fight scenes were intense. I’d recommend it, although if you’re taking kids, those younger than 8ish might be scared during certain parts.

    • Sandra says...

      The movie was visually amazing and I’m sure it will win a lot of well-deserved awards, but way too intense for me! I somehow never saw the first one, so didn’t know much about the plot. It was just too dark and scary for a kids’ movie. I took my 8 yo who said it was “too graphic,” which I think to him means too violent/intense.

  47. Ally says...

    That plot sounds horrible. That for-her-own-good storyline was bad enough in pre-twentieth century-set stories, but now? She’s not a dog; she’s a human. She deserves to know her own fate and prepare accordingly and have agency over it.

    Also it seems like this storyline is almost always applied to women – “the poor little dear, she can’t handle it” – infantilized till the day they die.

    I couldn’t enjoy the fake wedding shenanigans with all that going on.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you, ally! but in case it helps, in the movie, they reveal that they also did this for the grandfather before he died. they explain it as carrying the emotional burden for the person, instead of placing it on them. i thought it was really beautiful, even if complicated.

    • Becca says...

      It’s based on a true story, and the not telling the grandmother her fate is a Chinese culture thing. The grandma is actually still alive today (6 years later) and still doesn’t know her own fate. She even visited the movie set.

    • Ali says...

      Just wanted to throw in a quick point. I’m currently a medical student here in the US, and we’ve spent a lot of time learning about other cultures and the way they handle familial issues (especially medically related ones). It’s not uncommon in certain cultures for some family members to make medical decisions for their loved one (vs. the patient making the decision for herself). I really struggled to understand this as a midwestern, white, female, yet I immediately thought of that lesson while reading about this movie. Hoping this gives a bit more insight to anyone who might be struggling to comprehend this concept! :)

    • Joaquina says...

      It helps to be sensitive to and aware of other cultures.
      This is a story about Chinese women and families so perhaps we can watch and learn before projecting outrage.

    • Mary says...

      A large part of this movie is presenting how Chinese culture handles death and trauma. I’m Chinese Canadian, and I cried watching the trailer as there are so many things that feel familiar to our own family. It would perhaps be helpful for you to read up a bit on the background to this move rather then passing off the plot as a ‘pre twentieth century story line’, and the film makers own personal struggle with this.

    • Stella says...

      Good points, Ally. I grew up with western influences being born and raised Vancouver, Canada. I was also raised with Chinese cultural values coming from an immigrant family. And though I don’t agree with keeping that type of secret and going as far as planning a pretend wedding to gather family to bid secret farewells, I can understand reason behind why it they choose to do that and I can sympathize with the conflict and moral distress Awkwafina’s character is facing. I’m looking forward to watching this movie!

    • LPD says...

      Actually, this plot point isn’t all that far fetched. When my dad’s mom was dying of cancer in the late 1950s, all of her siblings (nine girls, no boys… can you imagine?) insisted on keeping it from her. But then my dad returned home, found out what was going on, and promptly broke the news to his beloved mother. He felt she had a right to know. His aunts never forgave him.

    • Anonymous says...

      I’m not Chinese or Chinese American, but I am an American and think it’s important we are sensitive to varied cultural backgrounds. Rather than placing judgment on their decisions, consider the complexity of their behavior with respect, curiosity.

      I plead you to consider thinking outside your own world! Don’t be THAT person with zero cultural sensitivity.

    • Hyewon says...

      Hi Ally, I’m disappointed by the insensitivity and lack of cultural openness of this comment. The movie is almost like an invitation to the everyday life of the Chinese immigrant, subtly highlighting the differences between East and West cultures. This is a very superficial analysis of the plot and I urge you to a) perhaps watch the movie before making a judgment and b) consider that your American ideals aren’t the ultimate standard. As an Asian-American, this representation was really important to me – the fact that I was seeing people who looked like me and had similar life experiences were on the big screen was huge. While the Chinese cultural references such as keeping the illness from the patient went over my head because I’m not Chinese, I appreciated the cultural education and they had a visible impact on my friends who are. Many told me that they cried watching the entire movie because it was a reflection of their own lives. It’s unfair to have such expectations of this movie – it can’t be everything and it was never meant to be. I found this more worthwhile than your run-of-the-mill Hollywood movies that use cheap humor and “beautiful” women to reinforce misogynistic ideals.

    • Samantha says...

      hi ally! while it sounds heartbreaking and controversial, it’s cultural and not an anomaly for many east asian families. i’d recommend reading this NYT review to help put it into context: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/movies/the-farewell-family-lies.html

      that doesn’t make it “right” or “wrong.” it’s definitely complicated and the movie does a great job showing the nuances of the situation.

    • C. says...

      It’s a movie. Like books, movies are vehicles for stories, and a way to present and explore and enjoy characters, ideas, experiences, and thought in an creative way. It’s not meant to be a substitute for real life decision making. We still get to make our own choices, regardless of what story is told in a movie. Viewers are not being asked to surrender their free will. Sharing a story has value, and bearing witness to another viewpoint or perspective can contribute value to our lives and increase empathy, understanding and appreciation.

  48. Andrea says...

    A few days ago I watched on Showtime a movie called Danny Collins. Al Pacino & Annette Benning. So good! Very enjoyable!

  49. That movie looks so good! My husband and I just celebrated our 11th anniversary. Every year we do a little ritual where one of us writes a letter to the other person about our year, and the other person plans an experience (https://feedingthesoil.com/2019/07/17/anniversary-traditions-happy-11-years-matt/). This year he gave me a menu of options. I opted for the simple movie date. None of the movies playing seemed appealing so we settled for Yesterday. In the end, it was so charming! I laughed out loud and really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it! Have fun, Joanna and Gemma!

  50. Alicia Maher says...

    I just saw a movie in the cinema for the first time since having my second child (so, it’s been nearly a year!) and saw “Wild Rose,” a small, Scottish film about a young mom who, recently released from a year in prison, tries to balance her responsibilities with her dream of being a country singer. The star, Jessie Buckley, has a warm, powerful voice and the movie does a nice job of not taking obvious turns. A moving film about how mothers balance keeping hopes and dreams with reality and how we pass on those values to our kids. I keep thinking about it!

  51. Off topic, but just curious if you’re recognized a lot by readers when you’re out and about?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for your note, elyce! yes, actually, and i really love it. after working for so many years behind a screen (and for many years, on my bed with my laptop) it’s so nice to meet the people who actually read the site. far and away, everyone is so warm and lovely. it’s a great pleasure of my life to meet CoJ ladies!

    • That’s wonderful Joanna. It’s amazing what you’ve created. There’s no doubt about how hard you work and how important your work is to you. Your passion for all aspects of your life really shines through, it’s very inspiring. Best wishes for continued success and happiness!

    • Elyce says...

      I just want to say that I have never seen someone else’s name spelled exactly like mine!

    • Ha! I’ve never met another ‘Elyce’ either! Love it!!

  52. Rosie says...

    I saw Rocketman and loved it SO much. Already loved Elton John, but this movie was incredible: the acting, the singing, the fantasy elements. What I loved most was that my mom and I could enjoy it together. She cried!

    • Becca says...

      I LOVED Rocketman. I saw it back to back with “Yesterday” and was singing and crying all day long, haha.

  53. Kay says...

    I just watched The Hate U Give last night- it was really good! Also watched the documentary Free Solo, I was at the edge of my seat watching it!

    • Deb says...

      I loved Free Solo too – I was captive on a plane when I watched it and may not have watched it otherwise but I found the whole thing fascinating and I was so nervous for him! The point about practising things until he’s comfortable with them really hit a nerve for me. Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone!

  54. Tanya says...

    Oh, Last Black Man in San Francisco was so unique and beautiful. Must see!

    • Jeannie says...

      I just watched this week with a girlfriend, and it is a gorgeous movie. It’s also heartbreaking, I must say.

  55. Clare Agra says...

    Midsommar was fantastic. Creepy, original, beautifully shot. And it was cool to see a horror movie that was shot only in daylight & without jump scares.

    • Jessica says...

      Swedish horror movies are the best! They are so quietly disarming, not like traditional American horror movies (nothing against those, these are just different). You may also enjoy “Let the right one in” if you like the Swedish style.

    • Kim says...

      I was working in my garden the day after seeing Midsommar and was terrified the whole time because I knew being in the daylight would not protect me from a bloody ritual sacrifice.

  56. Laura F says...

    Woman at War is my new most favorite. Icelandic indie film about a woman who wages sabotage upon a local aluminum plant. Sounds dry, but she has a double life and a very moving subplot.

    • Nadine says...

      Oooh i loved Woman at war. I keep recommending it to everyone. The music is fantastic too and I love the way it was directed. Also she’s such an interesting character, and there are so many aspects of the story to think about.

  57. Liz says...

    Is this based off that story This American Life did years ago? That was such a good story! Need to check it out.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!

    • Lily says...

      Wow, good memory! I didn’t realize that the movie (which was spectacular!) was based off the original TAL episode. It’s even more fascinating if you read interviews with Lulu Wang (the director); she pitched the idea to TAL after being unable to secure financial backing to make a movie based on the original story.

  58. K says...

    I’ve been wanting to see The Farewell too! Waiting for it to come to a theater near me. Looks really good!

  59. Katelyn says...

    I was lucky enough to see this movie at the Sundance Film Festival last January. I cannot say enough good things about this film! It definitely made me reflect on my own grandparents and my family relationships. I hope you enjoy it!!

    I’ll also second the recommendation for Biggest Little Farm!

  60. lauren says...

    I heard Lulu Wang tell this story on a podcast last year…I’m so happy to see it has become a movie! What a confusing yet beautiful tradition, and a poignant look at the intersection of east and west and our views on life and death and medicine and family and love and all the rest.

  61. Robin says...

    “Prospect” is a great hidden gem on Netflix. It’s a character-driven sci-fi, which is rare enough. It was shot on a very low budget but looks incredible thanks to a clever approach to costumes and minimal CGI. Bonus that it has a strong female protagonist. Also, Pedro Pascal!!

  62. Karen says...

    My beloved grandmother is dying. My last grandparent. The women I named my deceased daughter after. And although I think she knows, we haven’t told her. She said she didn’t want to know. That’s not so unusual in Ireland. But I want to cry and tell her what she has meant to me. This movie looks beautiful and when I have space I will watch this

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so deeply sorry, karen. that sounds really hard. and i’m sorry for the loss of your daughter. holding you in my thoughts tonight.

  63. t says...

    Amazes me that the family knows, and not the patient, that the patient is dying if the patient seems (from these two stills from the movie) lucid and able to communicate. I am all for a healthcare proxy but only when I am unable to make my own decisions.

    Of course this is a movie so…

    • K says...

      It’s a movie but based on a true story… Many true stories of people doing this in different cultures, not just Chinese. I heard an interview with the director that after they showed this movie, many people from various cultures across the world came up to them and said they did the same thing with their relative. I had never heard of it before personally and was astounded by it at first, but when I read more into the reasoning behind it, I understood why some cultures may view it as the right thing to do, based on a different (not necessarily right or wrong) view of community than I’m used to.

  64. P D Perrich says...

    Loved Echo in the Canyon. Insightful documentary of music in the Laurel Canyons outside of LA 1965-67.

    • Judy says...

      Loved this one too. Jakob Dylan did a good job with the vibe of the era.

  65. Loved The Farewell! Was lucky enough to go to a director Q&A with Lulu Wang, and hear her recount her stories about getting her film made. You will laugh and cry, such a beautiful film.

  66. Annie K says...

    This is not a movie. So why post it? Because I’m compelled to. Because Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special “Nanette” is just as deep and juicy, but almost to hours shorter than any movie. It did what all the best movies do – it made me laugh and it made me cry and goddamn if it didn’t also teach me a thing or two about myself and about the world. If you haven’t watched it, watch it!

    • Jb says...

      Oh my gosh yes. Being australian, i’d watched her for years being funny, silly and self-deprecating. I turned on the special with those same expectations and she absolutely blew me away. What an insightful, articulate and resilient woman. I was sobbing by the end.
      Ps if you are looking for more og hannah, she also used to be in a show called Please Like Me which is on netflix… i recommend.

  67. Wendy Leonardo says...

    Saw Stuber last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s not going to win an Oscar, but it was a fun summer movie!

  68. Shannon says...

    Saw “Yesterday” most recently and was charmed. There’s something about British films that I just love.

    Can’t wait for “The Farewell” to come to Salt Lake. I hope it comes quickly!

    • Jill says...

      Is it appropriate for kids?! I am dying to take my 10 and 8 year old Beatles fans.

    • Elle says...

      I think it’s appropriate for Kids! Mine are not hard core Beetles fans, so probably would have been bored, there’s some bad language and some references to sex, but I think it would be ok for 8 and 10

  69. Kerry says...

    I saw “Booksmart” with my 15yo son. Some parts were a little tough to watch with my kid — lots of teen sex scenes and talk — but we laughed our faces off and had a good, open, ear-reddening conversation afterwards so that was a bonus.

  70. Ann says...

    I really want to see the Farewell but I’m nervous! I’m also Chinese American and almost the exact same thing happened in my family. My grandmother had lung cancer and all her kids chose not to tell her. I want to see the movie but I’m scared I’ll bawl my eyes out from beginning to end!

    • Jean says...

      Same here! It brings up so much cultural and interpersonal conflict. I was an absolute wreck during Joy Luck Club.

    • Ann says...

      Isn’t it strange? I feel such a powerful mix of happiness and gratitude but also fear and sorrow when I see my experience depicted with such specificity. It’s almost too powerful.

    • Lily says...

      I’m also Chinese American and cried my eyes out at this movie (no shame). I think my fear of watching a movie that resonated so closely with my personal life was bested by the fear that my family story would never be reflected in mainstream American culture.

      Also, if you’re really worried about crying in the theater, may I suggest a matinee screening on a weekday and tucking yourself into a seat in the corner (speaking from experience…)

  71. Amy says...

    I am away from my job recovering from a recent surgery. While I am spending a lot of time on my couch I have watched:
    The Favourite – loved it but was perplexed by the ending!
    The Shape of Water – loved it!
    The Green Book – also loved it!
    Next up: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Game Night, and The Hate You Give.

    • Anonygirl says...

      Three Billboards was fantastic, given the topic. Woody Harrelson and Francis McDormand are top notch.

  72. Katie says...

    I went to France this summer so I had hours and hours to kill. Here’s what I watched & liked: Crazy Rich Asians, Vice, Fences, The Hate U Give.

  73. Megan says...

    If “Biggest Little Farm” shows near you, it is a MUST SEE. I was incredibly overwhelmed with the beauty of the footage, the goodness of the story, and the theme of interconnectedness among all things on this wonderful planet. I was genuinely moved to tears multiple times while watching.

    • -E says...

      Oh, thanks for this! It’s playing at our independent theatre next week.

    • Dawn says...

      I heartily second Biggest Little Farm.
      Everyone should see this movie.

    • Judy says...

      Another vote for this one. The photography was outstanding, and it did an excellent job of showing the tentative balance farmers face.

  74. Tina says...

    I‘ve seen Yesterday lately and loved it. Easy going, just right for summer and the music-so great!
    Also, I‘m looking forward to the Downtown Abbey movie!!

  75. Natalie says...

    My husband and I took advantage of a dog-free evening (he’s enjoying “summer camp” at my in-laws’ house) and went to see The Last Black Man in San Francisco on Tuesday. It was incredibly beautiful – highly recommend.

    The trailer for The Farewell rolled before the movie and I immediately made a mental note to put it on my “movies to see” list. Looks so good!

  76. Emily says...

    I absolutely loved The Farewell! It’s based on a true story (director/writer Lulu Wang spoke about it on an episode of This American Life: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/585/in-defense-of-ignorance/act-one).

    I also thought The Last Black Man in San Francisco was really beautiful and Toy Story 4 was so sweet and funny.

    • Jennifer says...

      Thank you! I knew I had heard this story before, and it was driving me crazy that I couldn’t remember where!

    • Therese says...

      I thought I was going crazy because I knew this story already!

    • Oh i’m so glad you shared this! I thought I had heard this story before!!

  77. Alice says...

    I haven’t heard of this film, thank you for sharing, it looks fantastic. I used to live in mainland China, and from the trailer it looks like a very true representation of the place, both thematically and visually. I can’t wait!

    I’m SO late to this party, but I finally watched The Wife this week and was bowled over. Glenn Close was stunningly good. Before that, Dumplin’.

  78. Sara says...

    I just watched The Visitor! Like, 10 minutes ago :) It was amazing!

  79. Ellie says...

    Been meaning to watch this, but haven’t yet! My husband and I escaped the heat last weekend and saw Yesterday. EVERYONE needs to see it! It just a straightforward, heartwarming movie with The Beatles’ music as the soundtrack. As a bonus, Kate McKinnon is HYSTERICAL. I laughed, I cried, and I want to see it again!

  80. Anne says...

    This movie wasn’t even on my radar and after watching that trailer I feel compelled to go immediately. My heart just cracked open…. Thanks for the recommendation.

  81. holy moly that movie looks good!!!

  82. Calla says...

    Is this based on a true story? I definitely remember hearing something very similar on a podcast…

    • Rebecca says...

      I tried to comment, but my comment disappeared. Yes! It was a This American Life episode called What You Don’t Know that aired a few years ago. Terry Gross aired an interview with the director, Lulu Wang, yesterday. It was her story on This American Life–the interview is fascinating (and easy to look up via Google, wondering if my original comment disappeared because I included the link)!

    • Calla says...

      Thanks Rebecca! So cool, now I definitely want to see it! I really enjoyed that episode, gonna check out that interview!

  83. I reeeeally want to see this one and “Yesterday”. Hoping to make them both happen before the summer is up!

  84. Eleanor says...

    Loved Late Night!