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Once Upon Time in Hollywood
This 2019 comedy-drama by Quentin Tarantino is a mix of fact and fiction. Leonardo DiCaprio plays an insecure star and Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for playing his longtime stunt double. Both characters struggle to cope during the decline of Hollywood’s golden age at the end of the 1960s. The film picks up real-life personalities such as Bruce Lee, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, as well as weaves in the true story of the murderous Manson Family. Expect blood, beautiful dialogue and brilliant acting.
The Lion King
Last year’s remake of Simba’s story came with spectacular special effects. Follow the young cub’s coming of age with photorealistic animations of the African landscape and wildlife. The whole family can enjoy this classic musical featuring the voices of Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, John Kani and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Speaking of musicals, the 2019 Elton John biography is an outstanding singalong and an incredibly moving story of love, fame, family and friendship. The tune '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' won Best Original Song.
Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play husband and wife in this modern-day romance with real problems. Joining them is Laura Dern, who won Best Supporting Actress. You’ll relate, you’ll cry and you’ll laugh as these actors depict imperfect life so perfectly.
A nod to all great gangster films, The Irishman stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Director Martin Scorsese has made an epic crime story that brings back to life the confessions of Frank Sheeran, an Irish hitman working for a powerful Italian-American mafia family in the 1950s. Nominated in almost every category, this film is a 2020 Oscar favourite.
The Two Popes
An unlikely leader at this year’s Oscars is Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce’s portrayal of Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The cinematography is outstanding as you watch the dynamic between divinity and humanity play out in this story of how the current leader of the Roman Catholic Church came to be.