Holiday Blockbusters and Wishes

La La Land

What to Watch in the Theater:
La La Land (PG13) opens nationwide today. Modern day story filmed as a throwback musical. Impressive song and dance numbers enhance a touching story about two misfits finding love, as they try to find their place in Hollywood.
Our rating: 4.83 out of 5

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG13) opens today. Fills the gap between Episodes 3 and 4 quite nicely. Strong female lead among a full pack of not very fleshed out male characters. Could have had stronger music, but great new droid and some iconic appearances make up for any drawbacks.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home:
Holiday Joy (TVY7) Reminiscent of It’s a Wonderful Life, the lead character, a teen named Joy, sees what life would be like if she belonged to a neighboring family instead of her own. Well played by Bailee Madison, but not a lot of Christmas in the movie.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

Wish for Christmas (PG) Similar premise (teen dislikes her life, wishes it were different), but with serious religious overtones. A little long, but lessons were definitely learned.
Our rating: 3.33 out of 5

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