The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)

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The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second installment of The Haunting series that follows Dani (Victoria Pedretti) as she travels to England and takes a nanny job for two orphaned children, Miles and Flora (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Amelie Bea Smith). However, her new job proves to be perilous as there are ghosts lurking around her new home.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a more under the radar film that centers around the unconventional life of the creator behind Wonder Woman and the women who inspired him to create the famous superhero.

2017 was the year for Wonder Woman, but I don’t think that many people were aware of this movie. I barely got the chance to see it now and let me just say that the performances all around were magnificent. Luke Evans stars as Professor Marston, Rebecca Hall stars as Elizabeth Marston (Professor Marston’s wife), and Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne (their mutual romantic partner).

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The Shape of Water (2017)

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The Shape of Water is a visually stunning, thought provoking film full of great performances. It is also my first introduction to director Guillermo del Toro’s style since I haven’t seen any of his movies before.

The film takes place in the 60s, where a mute woman named Eliza (Sally Hawkins) works as a janitor in a science lab along with her friend played by Octavia Spencer. Michael Shannon, who is the antagonist, has brought in a mysterious water creature he wants to kill and dissect. Eliza, having formed a special bond with this creature, is willing to do whatever it takes to save him.

Sally Hawkins was captivating as Eliza and it’s especially impressive because she doesn’t speak in the role, her performance is through her actions, facial expressions, and body language. The prosthetics and makeup on Doug Jones, who plays the fish man, were phenomenal and beautiful. I really loved Eliza’s friend, played by Richard Jenkins, in the film as well who is a closeted gay man struggling to get his art sold.

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