As with every new year, people like to start things right with resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, clean out the closet full of junk, basically start good habits that would hopefully make it past January. In keeping with resolving to sticking with the good stuff for the new year, video-streaming service Fox+ offers three critically acclaimed and award-winning movies this January to kick off 2019 on a high note.
The Shape of Water
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water is a fascinating love story between Elisa, a mute, isolated woman, and a mysterious scaled creature that had been captured in South Africa and kept in a water tank in high-security government lab where she works. The Shape of Water won the Best Picture Award and Del Toro won the Best Director at the 2018 Academy Awards, among its many accolades during the award season and also appeared in many top 10 lists of critics in 2017, so it is guaranteed to be an exceptional movie to start the year. It is available now.
Based on the events surrounding one of the most infamous scandals in sports history, I, Tonya tells the tragic story of Tonya Harding, a talented figure skater whose life and legacy was ruined when her ex-husband conspired to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. I, Tonya features a mockumentary style set in the modern day and a performance by Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding that won her Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor at the British Academy Awards and a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Alison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress at both the Academy Awards and British Academy Awards for her portrayal of Harding’s mother. It is available now.
Three Billboards Outside
Mildred Hayes, a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, puts up three billboards to goad Ebbing police chief in action, and offends the rest of the town with the provocation.
But Mildred doesn’t care about ruffling a few feathers. In fact, she is happy to pluck the whole bird. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a showcase of great acting and storytelling.
It won Best Motion Picture of the Year, Drama, as well as Best Actress, Drama, for Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor, Drama, for Sam Rockwell and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes. McDormand and Rockwell also won Oscars for their respective categories. It premieres 20 January.