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Top 22 Movies – Handpicked By The IMU Edit Team

This year, Christmas will be celebrated in a lowkey manner, as many of us stay home and stay safe amidst the pandemic. But don’t worry, staying home doesn’t have to be boring! Here are a few movie suggestions handpicked for you by our very own IMUEDIT subcommittee!

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Christmas, romance & Emilia Clarke’s infectious smile 😀 what more would you need to make your holidays all sappy, cute and comforting? The movie is set in the alleys of London – a welcome escape in case you have the travel bug but MCO’s put a wrench in your plans. For those of us who are a little more alone this Christmas, this movie might just make you feel a little less so 🙂

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This amazingly animated movie presents a unique take on the origin of St. Nick, commonly known as Santa Claus, capturing the true spirit of Christmas; peace, joy and love. The only flaw of this 97 minutes long movie is that it leaves you longing to know more about the characters’ backstories.

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Everybody needs some cheesy christmas romance especially in these times! This movie stars Vanessa Hudgens who played 2 characters. This movie is about how both the characters found their true love through a baking competition.

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What better way to spend time in the pandemic than watching an apocalyptic but comedic zombie film? Follow Jesse Eisenberg and his never-ending sets of rules to survive a zombie apocalypse along with his comrades as they try to find a safe place to live. Take notes! You may find some of these tips useful *if* the pandemic ever gets worse :/

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If you’re looking for a spooky movie to watch during this festive season, Gremlins is one of the classic pretty terrifying holiday adventure movie. Don’t be deceived by this seemingly cute creature as they are not as sweet as they look!

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One of my favourite Satoshi Kon movies which is loosely based on Peter B. Kyne’s novel Three Godfathers. Follow the misadventures of three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo, when they discover a newborn baby among the trash on Christmas Eve and set out to look for its parents. This movie’s got a good mix of humour, heart-feels and high-speed action! The beautiful storytelling centred on the importance of family, unique visuals and distinct character designs just makes it all the more enjoyable.

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A great movie to feel melancholic and found. A movie that features emotions surrounding disconnection and alienation, where two people facing similar isolation, find each other and share their troubles. Set in Tokyo, the journey between the two around the culture shock of Japan and the uncertainty of the future will leave you feeling relatable to their struggles and yearning for an organic friendship such as theirs. This movie also goes to show that, when two people are meant to meet, it does not matter where, when or who, but somehow they are exactly what they need.

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Love Actually is a classic comedic Christmas movie that explores the theme of love by tapping into the 9 different stories that eventually intertwined together. You will be filled with laughter and enjoyment. Do check them out!

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(Jin Seok) Kang Ha Neul moves into a new house with his family (father, mother and brother). One rainy day after moving in, Jin seok witnesses his brother getting kidnapped. Mysteriously, the brother returns with no past memories and drastically different character. Jin Seok decides to unravel the mysteries occurring to his family.

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Ally (Anna Faris) gets dumped by her boyfriend and loses her career. Worst of all she finds out that apparently if your number of relationships exceeds 20 , you may remain single for life and good old Ally is at number 19. And after an accidental one night only…  Her quota is up, determined to not let her number rise, she finds herself looking back in time, going through one ex at a time in hopes of finding the right one in that stack of rotten eggs. 

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A sports agent, Ali Davis tries her very best to climb the corporate ladder in her workplace.This becomes a hard task as she is in competition in an agency filled with employees who are men except herself.In the hope of finding answers, she drinks an odd concoction.This allows her to hear what all the men around her are thinking.Using her newfound ability,Ali starts to turn the tables in her relationship, workplace and friendship.

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Eden Starling( Morwenna Banks) a famous opera singer hates Christmas, from the bottom of her heart to the tip of her soul, but she wasn’t always like that she used to love Christmas when she was a kid, and Catherine ( Kandyse McClure) knows so, after all, she was her best friend since they were kids. So what happened? Well the spirits of Christmas past, present and future take us (including Eden) on a journey to see the Christmases of Eden Starling in hopes of knowing what happened and hopefully let Eden remember how special Christmas really is. 

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Jibran (Kumail) and Leilani (Issa) have been dating for several years. Constant bickering and petty arguments have led the couple to the verge of breaking up. Due to circumstances of fate, they manage to become entangled in a strange murder mystery where they are believed to be the prime suspects. To prove their innocence, they work together in an effort to clear their name. On their journey to find the actual murder, the two go down a seemingly never ending rabbit hole which includes corrupt congressmen, a blackmail ring, and a secret underground elite society. Watch as Jibran and Leilani hilariously try to put the pieces of a bizarre conspiracy together while trying to salvage their relationship.

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Good old Bailey is living the life, he’s back on the farm with Ethan and Hannah , and he has a new playmate named CJ , the granddaughter of Ethan and Hannah. But one day, CJ’s mom Gloria takes her away. Bailey isn’t sure why , but when he’s ready to start the cycle all over again, Ethan gives him a new purpose, to protect CJ. Bailey being the good boy he is does exactly that, join us and watch as Bailey fulfills his new purpose in life. 

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If you’re looking for the perfect blend of thrill,suspense and horror,look no further; The Call is perfect for your taste. In 2019,Kim Seo-Yoon loses her cellphone and ends up using a decades-old cordless phone at her childhood home. Through it,she contacts Oh Young-Sok, a woman from 1999 who’s being tortured by her step-mother. In the hopes of saving her,Seo-Yoon helps the woman kill her abuser…only to find out that Young-Sok is  a serial killer. And so a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.

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This classic Studio Ghibli production follows the story of young Sophie who was cursed to take the form of an old hag after she offended a witch. Follow the journey of the courageous and strong-hearted Sophie who’s keen on changing herself back to normal, encountering a moving castle owned by a sorcerer who goes by multiple names, Howl, Pendragon and Jenkin along her way. The message that Hayao Miyazaki wished to convey through the movie was that “Life was worth living, and nothing will change that.” 

To sum it up, this movie is full of magic, war, love and kindness that is portrayed by each and every character which makes this movie one of my top favourites. 

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The story was attention-grabbing right from the start with the accidental encounter of An Sheng with Su Jia Ming, an old flame on the subway whom she coldly responds to. She further discovered from him that her childhood best friend, Qi Yue whom she had fallen out with, published a best-selling novel about their friendship online. “The first time I met An Sheng was when I was thirteen”, An Sheng reads the first sentence of the novel with an indifferent cold gaze. She had once believed that their friendship was indestructible, until Su Jia Ming came along. What happened between the three of them? Be sure to watch the movie to find out! The twists and turns along the way as the story unfolds will definitely leave you awe-struck.

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On the night of Christmas Eve, a boy starts to become skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus. Struggling to fall asleep, he witnesses a steam locomotive arrive on the street, and goes outside to examine it. The conductor introduces the train as the Polar Express, which was on its way to the North Pole. Initially reluctant, the boy jumps aboard and joins several other children as they embark on a journey to visit Santa Claus preparing for Christmas. The Santa selects him to receive the first gift of Christmas, he decided to keep the bell that flies loose from the galloping reindeer’s reins, but he lost the bell through the hole in his pocket. He returns home and awakens on Christmas morning to find a present containing his lost bell. He and his younger sister Sarah joyfully ring the bell, while their parents, not believing in Santa, don’t hear the bell and say that the bell is broken. However, despite his now old age, the bell still rings for him, as it does “for all who truly believe”.

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The best part of this movie is the fact that it leaves you with a bittersweet feeling at the end of it which is not often felt. The story revolves around how two individuals with totally different personalities who are  facing personal life struggles hate each other in the beginning but eventually finds comfort in each other’s company and fall in love. If you’re someone who gravitates to movies with twists and turns, this one’s for you!

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After realising her long time boyfriend makes zero effort in proposing to her, Anna leaves to Dublin with a plan to propose to her boyfriend (Jeremy) instead. However, the journey to Dublin is not an easy one and along the way, she meets Declan who helps her get there. This story revolves around how an unexpected love blossoms between Anna and Declan instead which highlights the saying “what’s meant to be, will be”.

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This 2019-released romantic drama film portrays the life of two hospitalized teens, one suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF), and the other from B. cepacia. To reduce the dangers of contracting life-threatening infections, they were strictly told to remain six feet apart. However, after spending a lot of their time together, these 17-year-olds eventually developed feelings for each other. How will their diseases get in the way of their love? Watch the movie to find out!

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At 21, Tim discovers his ability to travel back in time. However, as Tim’s ordinary life progresses, he realised that even time travel couldn’t solve all his problems or shield the ones he loves. The revelation Tim gets in the end, is simple but empowering, making you wonder what time means to you.

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