DPL Movie Staff Picks: December

Annie N. - (Drama) Goodbye Christopher Robin - (2018) A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.  Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the book; the enchanting tales brings hope and comfort to England after World War I. But in the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will be the cost to the family?

Lisa F. - (Documentary) Snow Monkeys - Kanopy (2014) In the snowy valleys of Japan's Shiga Highlands, director Joe Pontecorvo follows a troop of snow monkeys for a year as they welcome a new leader, lounge around the hot springs, catch snowflakes on their tongues, and face struggles for food, shelter and rank. Narrated by Liam Neeson, and beautifully filmed, the movie is a little less than an hour long and may be better suited to adults, due to the death of a baby snow monkey, and some monkey romance.  

Stacey - (Comedy) Lady Bird (2017) Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Timothée Chalamet. High school senior Christine insists on being called “Lady Bird”, a nickname she gave herself, not in reference to the former first lady but rather to assert her identity. Her complex relationship with her mother is recognizable as one filled with both love and angst. While the realistic mother-daughter relationship is the one you’ll be talking about days later, the movie also spends time connecting with Lady Bird’s best friend, her romantic partners, and her attempts to get into a college “where culture is, like New York” to remind you what it’s like to be a high school senior trying to figure out the rest of your life.

Lisa F. - Christmas in Connecticut (1945;  2005) Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, a food journalist who poses as a Martha Stewart-style farm wife for her popular column, but is actually single and can’t cook a thing. Her editor, unaware of her real status, wants to publish an article featuring Elizabeth hosting a cozy, home style dinner at the farmhouse for a recovering war hero who’s a big fan. In order to keep her job, she enlists help from her uncle, a chef who’s been supplying her with recipes for her articles, and borrows a farm, baby, and husband to further aid in the deception.  A night in jail, a misplaced baby and true love ensue.

Debbie - The Holiday (2006) Starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Kate Winslet.  As Christmas nears, Iris in England (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) in Los Angeles both find themselves nursing broken hearts and wishing for a change of scenery.  Through a house exchange website, the two swap houses and find themselves enmeshed in each other’s lives, rebuilding their self confidence and falling in love. This is a thoroughly charming and engaging holiday rom-com that delivers all the feels.  

Written by J.Allen on December 4, 2018