WJ staff and students recommend moo-vies


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WJ students and staff look forward to the premieres of new movies. Many will be released before the end of 2019. Photo courtesy of blogspot.

Sometimes they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry. But no matter what, they tell a story.

Movies give us an escape from our lives while also, in one way or another, connecting us with reality.

Students can look forward to many exciting new movies this fall, ranging from family friendly animations to weighty documentaries.

“I’m really looking forward to Frozen 2,” junior Renee Jun said. “Frozen 1 was pretty powerful and influenced a lot of people.”

Frozen 2 will be released on November 22. A few other animated movies to look forward to are The Addams Family on October 11, Abominable (already in theaters) and Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans on October 15. Tickets are still available for The Lion King, Toy Story 4, The Secret Life of Pets 2 and The Angry Birds Movie 2, all of which opened in theaters over the summer.

“There’s this little movie called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so I’m a little excited about that,” science teacher Brock Eastman said. “Kinda excited about Joker, I think, but aside from that Frozen 2, cause I’m a shill, cause I have to like that.”

The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise will premiere on December 20. The first trailer and images were revealed at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago in early April and were viewed 111 million times within 24 hours of their release. Joker, a movie revolving around Batman’s iconic arch nemesis, is opening in theaters on October 4. It features a star cast, including Robert de Niro (The Godfather Part II) and Marc Maron (The Simpsons).

Sophomore Ris Bellotti is looking forward to Harriet, the documentary depicting the life of Harriet Tubman. Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Harriet will premiere on November 1. Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) will play Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) as William Still and Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures) portraying Marie Buchanon.

“I think Harriet is gonna be really cool,” he said. “I want to learn more about her.”