Article by: Alfonso Syquia

Photos compiled by: Sarah Daniels

School is now in full swing and students have been overwhelmed with performance tasks, presentations, tests, and homework. There’s no doubt that students need to take a break every once in awhile. Here are a few movies to look forward to watching with your friends and family:

Kubo and the Two Strings – October 12, 2016

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After summoning an evil spirit, Kubo must escape and join forces with Monkey and Beatle who aid him in solving the mystery of his deceased father, the greatest known samurai warrior. “I am very excited for this movie because it features an Asian lead as well as an Asian-style storyline,” says junior Sophia Q.  She also praises the production team for its unique approach on animating the movie. “The stop motion animation looks very cool and you can tell that a lot of effort was put into the movie,” she adds.

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Doctor Strange – October 26, 2016

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As the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange tells the story of Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who gets injured in a car accident. After setting out on a journey of healing, Doctor Strange finds a being known as the “Ancient One” and eventually learns that he has the power to save everyone on the planet.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 17th, 2016

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This movie is on the same timeline as the beloved Harry Potter series and thus, is highly anticipated by many fellow Bearcats. Set during the Roaring 20s, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who makes a stop-over in New York City after travelling the world to look for mythical beasts. Junior Sophia Q. says, “I love the fact that they are expanding the Harry Potter universe without affecting the integrity of the original story because this movie is set much earlier.”

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Moana – November 26, 2016

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Featuring music written by the creator of Hamilton: An American Musical, Lin Manuel Miranda, Moana tells the story of a young princess from a tribe on an island in the South Pacific. She sets out on a journey to discover an island surrounded by myths. A famous demigod (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) joins her on her expedition. “Though I’m looking forward to the soundtrack, I’m mostly excited about the film featuring a princess of color with no Prince Charming,” Sophia Q says.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – December 16, 2016

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This movie has garnered enthusiasm from the extensive Star Wars fan base. “I am very interested in finding out about the backstory of the movies that have already been released,” junior Roi K. says. Rogue One follows an unlikely group of heroes who work to swipe the plans of the Death Star. The plot is a key event in the Star Wars timeline.

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Passengers – December 21, 2016

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Passengers is a futuristic flick about two astronauts (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) who are sleeping in ‘suspended animation’ on a ship that contains 5,000 other passengers. The ship malfunctions and they wake up 90 years before their expected date of arrival at a new destination. Shortly after rejoicing at the luxury of having the entire ship to themselves, they discover that all the passengers are in grave danger.

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