The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a 2017 Christmas drama film directed by Bharat Nalluri and written by Susan Coyne based on the book of the same name by Les Standiford. It stars Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce. The plot follows Charles Dickens (Stevens) at the time when he wrote A Christmas Carol, and how Dickens’s fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge (Plummer) was influenced by his real-life father, John Dickens

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There is so much behind a name, especially a name “Invented Chrismas” that immediately makes you wonder about the Nativity vs some kind of marketing malevolent consumerism propagating entity, present in most conspiracy theories.

Build Series says: “”The Man Who Invented Christmas,” tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” Directed by Bharat Nalluri, the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.” Now contrast that to Rotten Tomatoes: “Critics Consensus: The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale.” -https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_man_who_invented_christmas/

Wonder – Probably the best film of 2017

From the way the trailers and critics react, this is probably the next big one, the next paradigm changing film, a new step in this self-morphing art we call cinema.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. -IMDB

Wonder doesn’t shy away from its bestselling source material’s sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings. -Rotten Tomatoes

Let There Be Light – Deepdive into the movie

Let There Be Light stars Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo, and Daniel Roebuck.

A look at the new film “Let There Be Light” with Kevin Sorbo.

After a near-death experience, the world’s most famous atheist must reinvent himself to save his family and his soul, starring Kevin Sorbo.
Tom Trento interviews Dan Gordon who, with Sam Sorbo, co-wrote the screenplay for “Let There Be Light.” Dan provides some behind-the-scenes insight into this inspiring movie that explores the deeps and heights of human nature, morality, and God.

Marcus Pointe Baptist Church presents Kevin Sorbo at the Spirit of Christmas Service.

Novitiate

In 1954, seven-year-old Cathleen Harris is introduced to Catholicism by her agnostic mother (Julianne Nicholson) and is drawn in the faith. At 12, a shy and reserved Cathleen is offered a scholarship and enrolls in a newly-opened Catholic school, to where she claims to have felt the presence of God. At 17, to her mother’s dismay, Cathleen (Margaret Qualley) pursues a vocation as a nun, claiming to have earned a religious calling.

Cathleen enters a Catholic convent as a postulant under the tutelage of the Reverend Mother (Melissa Leo).In the convent she meets fellow nuns Sister Evelyn (Morgan Saylor), Sister Emily (Liana Liberato), and Sister Margaret (Ashley Bell), all of whom suffer from sexual urges during consecration.[3] Meanwhile, the Reverend Mother becomes alarmed with the planned reforms of the Second Vatican Council, terrified that changes the archbishop insists upon will destroy the community that has been the home for these women their entire adult lives.

Victoria and Abdul

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. An unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown, it stars Judi DenchAli FazalMichael GambonEddie IzzardTim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar. The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, and was theatrically released on 15 September 2017 in the United Kingdom and 22 September 2017 in the United States. It has grossed over $42 million

Flatliners

This is a remake of the 1990’s movie about medicine students that stop their hearts for seconds to experience death. And while there is a great cast, especially Diego Luna and second to him Ellen Page, the consensus is that they don’t really sell the emotional dimension of the film, making the movie less credible, making the only improvement on the 90’s movie, the general FX.

Still, the trailer is really cool and since I did not see the 1990’s I really want to see this one. Check this trailer.

Home Again

“Over the past few years, Reese Witherspoon has taken on an eclectic batch of projects like the animated musical comedy Sing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice, an Oscar-nominated turn in Wild, and an impressive recent turn in the intriguing HBO series Big Little Lies. But now she’s going back to the well with a new romantic comedy, but this one comes from the offspring of two filmmakers best known for their work in the genre.”

“Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon as a 40-year old woman named Alice, recently separated from her husband, who decides to start her life anew by moving back to her hometown in Los Angeles. Choosing to live a little more spontaneously, she allows three young filmmakers to crash at her place for a bit, which creates all sorts of new surprising relationships.”