The holidays are here and what better way to celebrate than to watch a good movie, complete with a big box of popcorn, accompanied by your best friends? Here are some movies that will kick-start your holidays with a bang. Enjoy!

1. Dr Strange

IMDb rating: 8.0/ 10

After his life went into a free fall as a result of an accident, Dr Stephen Strange discovered that his journey of healing was more than he bargained for. Precisely because of that, he grew to become the man the world desperately needs to pull it back from the brink of destruction.   

Adapted from Stan Lee’s Marvel Comics, Dr Strange is a lesser known hero compared to the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Nevertheless, this does not make him less of a hero to root for. In fact, forget Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch – the man who plays Dr Strange – will leave you swooning at his every appearance. The spot-on humour, kickass action and unforeseen plot twists also add to the appeal.

At the end of the movie, you will probably be screaming at the top of your lungs that this is one of the best hero origin movies that you have ever seen. Throw in a few lessons about humility, bravery and thinking out of the box, and you will most definitely agree with me that this is one of the best ways to pass 2 hours on a lazy Monday afternoon.

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Following the mysterious death of his grandfather, Jacob sought closure in the place where his grandfather grew up. It is there that he discovers a place named Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its peculiar inhabitants. Along with some powerful enemies who prey on the weak. Will Jacob find it within himself to save them all?

This movie combines a fertile imagination, a picturesque countryside and a beautiful soundtrack to produce something that you will only expect from Tim Burton. The less you know about this movie, the more you will enjoy it, so moving on…

3. Your name

IMDb rating: 8.9/10

City boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha first met through a strange turn of body swapping events. But as they grow closer, an impending catastrophe threatens to separate them – forever.

In Japan, Your Name grossed more than 10 billion yen and stayed as the No. 1 box office hit for more than 9 weeks. It is not hard to see why. This heart-wrenching tale of travelling far and wide in search of that special someone, coupled with a beautiful soundtrack and breath-taking visuals, will tug on your heartstrings and leave you with a lingering sense of loss when the credit rolls and the lights come on.

4. A Monster Calls 

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IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Connor is struggling. His father has moved on without him; his estranged grandmother is overbearing; and his mother is terminally ill. Making things worse, he is bullied at school and other students avoid him. Trapped in a growing bubble of anger, guilt and sadness, his inner darkness threatens to engulf him. It is only when an unexpected visitor shows up at his door steps, that he once again finds the strength and courage to go on.

This show is a gripping tale about dealing with loss and the maelstrom of negative emotions that follows. Do take note, bring tissues with you if you do not want to wipe your snot on your sleeves.

I have personally screened all the movies above and I can confidently say they are all excellent. So what are you waiting for? Grab your student pass, call your friends and enjoy the movies.