Tarot card readings are a lot of fun.
According to Fashion Magazine, a tarot is essentially a "soul map," a "deep psychological guide" that is imaged through 78 symbolic cards. It may sound like a load of phooey to some out there, but for those who are all about looking to the universe for guidance, tarot readings offer up all sorts of helpful information. Apparently, the cards that are revealed during a reading are what one's "higher self" already knows, it's just coming out in a more straight forward manner. It's also not considered to be "magic," but more so a "sacred mirror" that allows us to look deep inside ourselves to disclose all of those profound inner workings that need to come out.
So, how does picking and passing on movies work with this kind of situation? Well, it can only help to divulge exactly what a person's individual tastes works to say about them. If they enjoyed a movie like La La Land, they might consider themselves to be romantic and a dreamer of sorts. If Get Out was more their jam, perhaps they enjoy twisted thrillers that possibly says something deep about society. All of these things link up to reveal tiny little details about ourselves — all you have to do is look.
So, pick or pass on these movies and get your tarot card reading for the month!
Marvel's Black Panther totally hit the ground running when it premiered in early 2018. According to Forbes, it surpassed the $900 million mark at the box office, which surpassed Wonder Woman and Spider-Man. Black Panther tells the story of T'Challa who returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king after his father's passing. When a powerful enemy appears who is looking to challenge T'Challa's kingdom and people, he must pull everyone together in order to save his country.
How To Be Single
How to Be Single is one of those movies to put in when you're feeling a little down on dating and find yourself in the mood to delete a few of those pesky apps that take up a lot of storage and time! Dakota Johnson stars as Alice, a college grad who decides to split up from her college boyfriend on the eve of her move to New York. Once in the big city, she makes a quick friend at work and decides to give the single life a chance.
2017's Get Out had to be one of the most talked about movies in a really long time. Jordan Peele even ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this one. After the first scene of someone mysteriously getting taken off of the street, the movie does start out innocently enough with the unsuspecting Chris going to visit his girlfriend's parents for the first time. As the weekend progresses, Chris starts to discover some strange things going on at that country house and things took a turn quite quickly.
There's nothing quite like a Christopher Nolan film to get you in the mood to get cozy on the sofa for a good night in. Only, with Dunkirk — and similar to a lot of his films now that we're thinking about it, it is all a bit depressing. Dunkirk takes us to May of 1940 when allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France. At the end of a long mission, approximately 330,000 soldiers were safely evacuated.
Wonder Woman just so happened to be DC's attempt at a decent comic book movie in a long while and they actually hit it out of the park with this one, in our opinion. Wonder Woman tells the story of how Diana, before she was Wonder Woman, was princess of the Amazons and trained to be the ultimate warrior princess of all. When a pilot from the States accidentally comes into their world and tells Diana about a raging war going on, she takes it upon herself to escape and help bring peace.
The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman is the movie to put on if you feel like watching the handsome Hugh Jackson and Zac Efron sing and dance around for a good two hours. It's an original musical that's inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum of what came to be Barnum and Bailey fame. It shows the inner workings of a spectacle circus and all the characters and people it takes to bring something like that to life. Really, it's just fun to sing along to all of the songs!
Before the movie Bird Box, we weren't aware that the world needed a movie where a desperate Sandra Bullock sails down a river blindfolded with two kids. According to Netflix, over 45 million accounts watched this mysterious thriller. It tells the story of an inexplicable force that brings on people's untimely demise every time they come face to face with it. The "it" is hard to figure out as it happens to change its form for every person that it comes into contact with.
We're not really pinpointing any particular Harry Potter movie with this one because chances are if you have a pulse and have watched one of the movies in the franchise, you've probably watched them all by now. There's just such a coziness that comes along with watching a Harry Potter movie. Maybe it's because they've been over for a while now and we all know how it ends. Maybe it's listening to children practice fun magic in cloaks. Really, it's probably a combination of all those things.
If you never had a thing against clowns before, once you watch the movie It, you'll soon want nothing to do with them — even at a birthday party! A remake of the Stephen King original, It tells the story of a group of teenage outcasts in Maine who find themselves fighting for their lives as they're haunted by a wicked shape-shifting clown. To fully top off the creepy factor, the clown is known to lure kids with balloons and goes by the name Pennywise.
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes from the Marvel Universe and allows us to meet up with Peter Parker shortly after he's had his first encounter with the Avengers. That's right, he's all jacked up on that superhero energy. When Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) tells him to take a minute and just be a teenager for a while, he takes it upon himself to help make sure that his hometown of New York City is safe. That's exactly when a new villain comes onto the scene and things get a bit hairy.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is for all those people out there who find themselves not quite done with the magical world of Harry Potter as it's based on the book by the famed J.K. Rowling. A spin-off prequel of the Harry Potter series, this movie tells the story of resilient Newt Scamander and his stop over in New York City in 1955 as he tries to find a missing case that's filled with magic and creatures alike.
A Star is Born
If you have yet to see A Star is Born, we're really not sure where you've been the past six months because this movie and it's music has truly been everywhere. You can't even hide under a rock without hearing the song "Shallow" play on someone's radio. But, in all seriousness, if you're in the mood for a good love story that focuses on the grittiness of two people coming together and what that might look like when one of them faces addiction, this is the one to watch.
The Incredibles 2 is one of those Disney movies that not only will kids love, but their parents will get a total kick out of as well. The second movie in the Incredibles franchise is a fun ride that focuses on the mom Helen and her missions as she leaves her husband at home to tend to the kids. As the family makes these new transitions, baby Jack-Jack's secret powers continue to grow and there's even a new villain on the scene looking to cause some trouble.
Hereditary is a movie for those true movie buffs out there because it's a film that works to spook you to the core at a slow but precise pace. Toni Collette stars as Annie Graham, a miniatures artist living in Utah with her husband and two teenagers. After the passing of her mom, strange things begin happening to Annie and her family and they become convinced that her mom is still actually with them in some way, shape or form.
La La Land
La La Land is a movie for all those dreamers out there. Really, it's a movie about finding and losing love in Los Angeles when you're a struggling artist, but let's just say at the core, it is a movie for dreamers. It tells the story of Sebastian and Mia — beautifully played by none other than Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who find themselves with an intense connection. Both passionate but a little lost in their arts, it shows two people working at a relationship and their professional lives in Hollywood.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those movies that you may think that you don't need in your life, but in actuality, it's pretty cute and action packed. From the Marvel universe, it's a story that revolves around Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt). After he takes an orb that's coveted by Ronan — yes, there's a villain named Ronan, he finds himself in a new unexpected foursome to protect himself. They all bring their own unique thing to the table and come together to basically save the universe!
Just in case you didn't believe that you needed to see the comic greatness that is Jason Bateman and the cutie Rachel McAdams star in a movie together, this is the film that proves that theory wrong! Game Night takes you on a ride along on a couple's weekly game night when what was supposed to be just a normal fun night in turns into an adventurous night full of twists and turns. And just to be clear, Bateman and McAdams are so good together as husband and wife!
Room is one of those movies that totally gets you right in the feels. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Larson actually took home the award for Best Actress at the Oscars in 2016. Room is a poignant movie that tells the story of a young woman and her son who have been trapped in an enclosed space for years. After they make an escape, it shows their life coming back together with their family and what life in the outside world looks like.
Warcraft is one of those action/fantasy films out there that a lot of people actually enjoyed — which can be a rare thing in today's film world. Based on the extremely popular video game series, it tells the story of Gul'dan, a powerful orc warlock who brings his people together and creates a portal to the world of Azeroth. When the orcs begin to feel their magical powers fade away and there's a risk of invaders coming their way, two very different worlds collide in unimaginable ways.
Beauty and the Beast
"Tale as old as time." We all know that as soon as you hear those timeless lyrics your mind immediately flashes to Belle and the Beast dancing the night away. That yellow ball gown is enough to make every little one with dreams of being a Disney princess find the good in every grumpy "beast" they come across. Seriously though — is there a better classic Disney movie out there that offers such great lessons? Always look for the good in people. A book can take you many places. All great life lessons!
The Big Sick
The Big Sick is the kind of modern rom-com that the world really needs. It's funny and sweet and full of those classic romantic comedy moments, but it's also very real and comes across that way. That's probably because it's based off of the writers' lives — husband and wife Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and how they first got together. In short, the movie shows them falling in love and then things get too real and they part ways. Only, Gordon's character (played by Zoe Kazan) gets really sick and is put in a coma. Romantic, right? Turns out it actually was!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
To say that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was highly anticipated would be such an understatement because when it came out in 2015, it had been 30 years since Return of the Jedi. The Wall Street Journal gave the movie a shining review when they said that "rarely have age and shining youth been juxtaposed more affectingly." Which loosely translates that this movie did a great job of honoring the original movies while still moving the story forward in a new direction.
Speaking of movies that pay homage to the ones that have come before them, there probably wouldn't have been Creed if there hadn't been all those Rocky movies. In this moment, we're thankful for Sylvester Stallone. Creed tells the story of Adonis Creed who's father, who he never knew, was a famous boxer. With boxing in his veins, he makes the decision to move to Philadelphia to make a real go of it. He seeks out his "uncle" Rocky in hopes that he'll be his coach.
The Meg is one of those action fantasy movies that makes you think of Jaws, only this movie came out in 2018, so it really does reflect that. Starring action star Jason Statham, The Meg tells the story of the reemergence of a massive sea creature that was previously thought to be extinct when it attacks a deep sea submersible. Statham plays a rescue diver who's job is to help save the crew against the 75 foot long prehistoric shark.
The Hunger Games
We all know and love The Hunger Games because it helped to put none other than Jennifer Lawrence on the map in terms of being a reputable actress who can help sell a movie. In this case it was a whole franchise, so we'd say she did a pretty good job. Based on a book of the same name, Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen who must participate with other kids her age in a televised survival event, where 24 youth are chosen from each district and only one is left to survive.
Eighth Grade garnered all sorts of critical praise and even took home the Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Performer for its lead actress Elsie Fisher. Directed by Bo Burnham, this movie works to tell the story of Kayla as she embarks on her last week of middle school in the eighth grade. All from a very personal lens, it examines modern adolescence life that can often be filled with anxiety and heartache as one tries to navigate friendship and fitting in.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sometimes when you're having a down day and are looking to feel even worse about yourself, just remember that Charlize Theron is actually just as if not more beautiful with a shaved head. Life just isn't fair sometimes. In Mad Max: Fury Road she stars as Furiosa opposite Tom Hardy who plays Max. Together, they decide to join forces in the stark desert with hopes of restoring order to their now desolate world all by the way of traveling in their War Rig truck.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
To All The Boys I've Loved Before has to be one of the sweetest little teen movies that we've seen in a long time. If you break it down, it has all the right ingredients. There are close sisters at the core of it who love each other but still get on each other's nerves. There's a boy next door. There's even a guy from the past who knows a secret and is willing to keep it (for a price). Top it all off with some lost love letters and you're instantly hooked.
A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is one of the most intense and quiet movies that you will probably ever watch. It's really such a wonder too that a film that is basically silent 95% of the way through manages to carry that much intensity, but it's absolutely there. Also, what other film out there can you watch one of Hollywood's most beloved real life couples play husband and wife on screen? A big thank you to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on that one because it doesn't happen too often!
I, Tonya is a skating movie that's certainly not chock full of the warm and fuzzies. It's a movie based on Tonya Harding's real life and all of that controversy that surrounded the 1993 Olympic ice skating misconduct that involved fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya is played by Margot Robbie and Tonya's mother is played by none other than Allison Janney who is almost unrecognizable in the role. Janney actually took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role.
The Theory of Everything
The theory of Everything is a movie that's about love, fighting the odds and ultimately letting go. Oh, and did we mention that it tells the story theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking and how he spent his adult life fighting ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Played by Eddie Redmayne with Felicity Jones playing his wife Jane, when watching this film you almost find yourself forgetting that it's a movie. It just feels as though you're watching a family live their life.
If you don't watch a Jessica Chastain movie and come out feeling more powerful as a woman (or just a person), then you're really not doing it right. Molly's Game is the movie to watch when you want to watch the rise and fall of a powerful woman who comes out on top in the end. It tells the true story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic skier, who ran some of the world's most exclusive and high stakes poker games for a decade before being shut down by the authorities.
Annihilation is a bit of a hard movie to explain. First off, it's a science fantasy type of movie that really does exist to keep you wondering and guessing. Basically, it's the story of this group of female military scientists who go through this weird vortex thing called "The Shimmer" and from there, very strange things start to happen. The movie stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh and it's basically all about the stunning visuals and the concept of the unknown.
The Disaster Artist
The Disaster Artist is one of those movies that didn't really need to exist as it basically depicts the same exact movie made over 10 years prior, but we're actually super glad this movie exists. Starring James Franco as struggling but passionate actor Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist shows the story of his infamous movie The Room that he made with his acting buddy, Greg (played by brother Dave Franco). The Disaster Artist may actually surprise you with its humor and sweetness!
Baby Driver is such a fun ride to watch. It's the story about an orphaned music loving getaway driver who is blackmailed into working for a local heist mastermind. This movie is such a unique blending of the perfect music — which Baby needs to find and play for every single drive or else something goes wrong, and action sequences. Let's not forget that there's a good old fashioned love story with a cute waitress thrown in there for good measure!