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How to write a film review

Writing a review is an option in many different English language exams, and films are such an obvious choice for reviews, so knowing how to write a film review is pretty important. It’s a great topic for the classroom too. Everyone watches films and there is a lot of opportunity to teach vocabulary, either film-related vocabulary or film review adjectives. I like to start off a class about films with some chat, or my personal favourite, the Movie Music Quiz , which also now has an excellent Movie Picture Quiz version too.

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The structure of a film review

Like any writing task, it’s essential to know the structure of a film review before you start writing. A basic film review template shows you how to write a film review using a simple structure. Film reviews for First (FCE) and Advanced (CAE) Cambridge exams, as well as Trinity ISE exams, should all use a 4 paragraph structure. Another thing to remember is that your review should always have a title, and that title should include the name of the film.

  • Introduction – Essential details and mini-summary
  • Summary – A description of the film and some important details
  • Analysis – An evaluation of different elements
  • Conclusion – Your opinion and a recommendation


In the introduction of a film review, it is crucial to mention the film title and the names of the director and the main actors. A brief summary of the film’s plot and background information can also be included, but it should not give away too much detail. The introduction should engage the reader and entice them to continue reading the review. Additionally, it is important to mention the genre and target audience of the film, which will give the reader an idea of what to expect.

In the summary section, the film review should give a comprehensive but concise description of the film, focusing on the plot, characters, and any significant events. The summary should be written in a way that does not give away the ending or spoil the film for the reader. It is important to maintain objectivity and not include personal opinions in this section. This section should provide enough detail for the reader to have a clear understanding of the film without giving too much away.

The analysis section is where the reviewer can showcase their critical skills and provide an in-depth evaluation of the film. The review should examine various elements of the film such as the script, direction, cinematography, acting, and special effects. You could also make a comparison to similar films in the same genre. The analysis should be written in an objective style with the opinion only showing through the language used.

In the conclusion, the reviewer should give their personal opinion of the film, summarising their thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses. They should also consider the target audience and whether they believe the film will appeal to them. Finally, the reviewer should provide a clear recommendation. The conclusion should be concise, leaving the reader with a clear understanding of the reviewer’s overall opinion of the film.

Using adjectives in reviews

Reviews are a great way to show off your language with impressive adjectives. If you read a film review in a newspaper or magazine, you’ll notice that the reviewer rarely, if ever, gives an explicit direct opinion. However, their opinion of the film is always crystal clear. This is through the use of adjectives.

Many adjectives have a clear connotation. They are either perceived as positive or negative. Compare these two examples. Which one is a positive description and which is negative?

  • It’s a first-rate experience with an imaginative plot and a star-studded cast.
  • The second-rate writing combined with weak performances is typical of this director’s work.

When using adjectives in a film review, it is important to choose words that accurately convey the reviewer’s opinion. Adjectives with strong connotations, either positive or negative, can be very effective in expressing the reviewer’s thoughts about the film. However, it is also important to use a variety of adjectives to avoid repetition and keep the review interesting. The use of adjectives can also help to paint a picture of the film, allowing the reader to get a sense of its atmosphere and tone.

The materials

Many exams, such as the Cambridge First (FCE) and Advanced (CAE) exams, as well as Trinity ISE exams, require students to write a film review as part of their writing task. These materials will provide students with a solid understanding of the structure of a film review and help them to develop their writing skills. This will give them the confidence they need to write a review that meets the requirements of the exam and impresses the examiner.

The materials will help you learn how to write an introduction, summary, analysis, and conclusion of a film review. You will also see a range of useful adjectives that you can use to express your opinions in their reviews. Finally, you will get an opportunity to practise writing film reviews, which will help you to develop your skills. Then you can check your answers with the samples provided in the answer key. Whether you’re preparing for an exam or just looking to improve your writing skills, these materials will provide you with everything you need to write a great film review.

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Lesson 7: Task: Write a film review

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This is the lesson where you put everything together. We want you to write a review of a film.

Writing a Film Review

This is the lesson where you put everything together. We want you to write a review of a film. You will see two examples of film reviews which you can use to help you write your own review. When you’ve finished your review, post it in the comments section and read other participants reviews and tell them what you think. In lesson one we looked at film vocabulary, in lesson three we gave you some advice about using film to improve your English and gave two short reviews of films about football, in lesson four we focussed on the passive which is a common form to use when writing about films, and in lesson six we showed you some websites where you can read lots of film reviews. While you are writing your review, you can go back to these lessons for some help.

What should I include in my film review?

It's up to you! Here is a list of some common things that you see in film reviews. Have a look at the Bend It Like Beckham film review and match the five colours to the things in this list. Is there anything extra included in the review? Is there anything missing?

  • The film's title.
  • An eye-catching heading.
  • The genre (type of film). 
  • The audience. Who is the film for?
  • The director, main actors, when it was made, has it won any awards?
  • The plot. A brief summary that doesn't mention the ending!
  • Your opinion.
  • Your evaluation.

Film Review 1

Bend it like beckham – brilliant and funny.

How can I describe Bend It Like Beckham? If I had to choose a genre, I would say it’s a romantic comedy-drama sports film!

The film was made in 2002 and directed by Gurinder Chandha who is well-known for films which explore the lives of Indians living in the UK. 

The film is set in London and stars Jess (Parminder Naghra) , who is an 18-year-old girl with Indian parents. One of the main storylines is the tension between Jess, who loves football, and her parents, who don’t allow her to play. Jess’s friend and teammate, Jules, who is played by Keira Knightly (Pirates of the Caribbean) encourages Jess to play despite her parent's wishes. 

The film deals with serious social problems such as sexism and racism, but the film is very funny at the same time! The acting is very good and of course, there is a happy ending! Oh, and David Beckham is in the movie, but you must wait until the end for that! I would give Bend It Like Beckham four and a half stars out of five and definitely recommend you watch it!

Now, look at the second film review. Is it a good review ? What does it include? Is there anything missing?

Film Review 2

Fever pitch – funny, dramatic and a perfect finish.

I love football and I love films, so Fever Pitch was the perfect movie for me. It tells the story of a school teacher who is mad about his football club – Arsenal! The film was made in 1997 and is based on a best-selling book of the same name. The film has also been remade for American audiences based on baseball.

The main role is played by Colin Firth (Paul) one of the UK’s most famous actors. Paul falls in love with a new teacher (Sally) at his school during the 1989/90 football season, one of the most important seasons in Arsenal’s history. The plot follows the ups and downs of Paul’s romance with Sally and the fortunes of Paul’s football team. But who does he love more? Sally or Arsenal? You’ll have to watch the film to find out!

There are strong performances by Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell (Sally) in this romantic comedy-drama. If you are a football fan you will love this film, but it definitely has a wider appeal, too! I will give it five-stars and not just because I’m an Arsenal fan!

Write a film review

Write a film review in the comments section below.

Write about a film you enjoyed or a film that you didn't like. It could be a recent film or a film that you watched a long time ago.

The film doesn't have to be about football.

Reply to other learners and tell them if you have seen the film. Did you like it? Do you agree with their opinions?

When you have finished, mark the page  complete  on the side of this page and go to the end of week quiz!

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"Interstellar" science fiction, adventure and drama movie . That was made in 2014. It talks about when the earth is unavailable to live in it .The lead rode is very smart man he loves physics and astronomy. He has a little daughter called murph . She is 9 years . She is a genius and beautiful girl like her father.He wanted to discover a new planet to live in instead the earth.Because he and sone another scientists said that the earth wouldn't be available to live in it after 80 years. After doing researchers, He and 3 scientists travelled to space to discover a new planet. Einstein said in relativity "If the speed be faster , the will be slower" He uesd spacecraft with his stuff and went to space. He lost all his stuff in space ,but he could to discover the planet because his daughter had helped him.After that his daughter became 90 years old and he 45 years old because relativity. What a film . He will make you cry in the end. I will give it (☆☆☆☆☆)five stars

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I would say that An Angel at my table is one of my top ten most favourite films. It’s a drama film which directed by Janet Campion and shot in 1990. The film is based on Janet Frame’s three autobiographies. Kerry Fox plays the role of Janet Frame, a famous New Zealander writer and poet. The film is about the life of Janet Frame who was a very clever child until, as a teenager, she was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and sent to a mental institution……… The story takes place in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in the different parts of Janet’s life. It ’s a flawless masterpiece. The storyline is so beautiful and inspiring and Kerry Fox’s acting is just incredible. I was mesmerized by that shy, intelligent and lonely girl and could totally relate to her. Besides, his movie makes New -Zealand look like the most gorgeous place on earth Another thing I loved about Another thing I loved about the movie was the excellent music score.

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The other side of the door-thriller

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I love this film because the plot was interesting as it means don't try to life in past and accept the situation you are in trying to adapt.

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The movie is set in Boston and it tells the story of private family event gets leaked on social media, Ibrahim Al Ruby decides to live in a village with his wife and children, far from people and the pressure of modern life. After his younger brother, Ihab, convinces Ibrahim to go back to the city for some important paperwork, the family embarks on a trip full of surprises that is bound to change the lives of the "Rubies".

The film deals with serious social problems, but the film is very funny at the same time! The acting is very good and of course, there is a happy ending!, I love this movie because the plot was interesting. I am also a big fan of Kareem abdelaziz

I would give It four and a half stars out of five and definitely recommend you watch it!

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I was interested in this movie because the plot is wonderful and graphics is outstanding and i am a big fan of Dicaprio but my favorite characters in this movie is Dr.s schultz .

I think this movie is not for children because there is blood and screenshots +18. I recommend this movie to adults .I give the movie four stars Don`t miss it.

Enchanted - Real world and the animated world collide I am fond of princesses and fantasy world , so enchanted is my favourite film i would say it's animation adventure comedy family romance film it was made in 2007 at New York City it's related PG for some scary images and mild innuendo. It was produced by Alan menken and stephen schwartz and performed by Amy Adams and james marsden its story line is about the beautiful princess Giselle is banished by evil queen narissa from her magical land shocked by this strange new environment,but when Giselle begins to fall in love with a divorce lawyer, Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?. I think it's a great choice for a movie night. I would give it five stars.

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Spider man is my favourite movie

My fav is marvel movies

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yes its a good one too


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interstellar 2014 this is an amazing sci-fi movies that was made 2014.Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain. And its director is Christopher Nolan. the movie revolves around the Earth when it becomes uninhabitable in the future, a farmer and ex-NASA pilot, Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), is tasked to pilot a spacecraft, along with a team of researchers, to find a new planet for humans. I love this movie because the poly is amazing. I'm also a big fan of Christopher Nolan's works. I recommend this movie to everyone I'm sur that you gonna love it, don't miss it

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Mamma Mia! - Who is my father?

If you like musicals and the popular Swedish group ABBA, this is a perfect film for you. Dona is a single woman managing a small family hotel on a little Greek island. Her daughter, Sophie, is getting married and she decides to invite her father to the wedding. The tricky thing is that she doesn‘t know who her father is. The film was made in 2008 and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. It stars Meryl Streep (Donna), Amanda Seyfried (Sophie), Pierce Brosnan (Sam), Colin Firth (Harry) and Stellan Skarsgard (Bill). There is fabulous music, excellent acting and singing and a lot of funny scenes. The plot is funny on one side but there is a serious overtone. I would give Mamma Mia! five stars because I think the film has positive vibes and it is more important than anything else.


Films title: Mission Impossible Fallout is an action movie and is for a person that like action and tension. The Director is Christoper Mcquarrie, the main actors is Tom Cruise,Henry Cavill , Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and more. The film was made in 2018 and it has won Prizes. My little review is that it is nice, entertaining and it´s so nice to watch. The film is about after a mission After a mission to recover a deadly weapon goes wrong, IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his team are forced to work alongside CIA agent Augustus Walker as they must race against time to continue their assignment. When Lane escapes from prison, Hunt must do whatever it takes to capture him once more.

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Hello, I'm at school and have to write answers, I think it's good

So I like what you wrote

I am going to talk about Frozen. I don´t like the most of films but i thinked that i wanted to take one that i hated the most, why i hate it is becuse they sing those bad songs all the time and its just annoying.

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The Twilight Saga, a franchise you've probably all heard of. But it is actually that good? Here's what I think:

The movies are based on the book series with the same name, written by Stephenie Meyer. I would describe them as your high school-dream books: you've got the romance, the rivalry, the drama, and an amazing story! What more could you ask for. In the first movie from 2008, we see Bella (Kristen Stweart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) live out their triangle-drama just the way we imagined from the books we already know and love!

If you, like me, love watching a cheesy, teenage drama and would like to fall in love with your new favorite vampire family over and over again - I suggest you watch and/or read the amazing Twilight saga, written by the one and only Stephenie Meyer, brought to life by Melissa Rosenberg.


The Bourne identity is really good action spy movie. The main actor Matt Damon is just perfect for his role. This movie is about a good-looking young man suffering from amnesia, trying to find out his identity. On the beginning we can see a fisherman on a boat spots a body floating … When they got him on board, the body turns out to be alive. The friendly fisherman rescued him, gave him some money to go to Switzerland, because he has a capsule embedded under his skin, contains the code to a Swiss bank account. He was welcome in that country, he took a lot of money despite lacking a name or any form of personal identification. Also, he finds several passports, one saying his name is Bourne. The problem was that he really wanted to know why he was in the sea, and his real name, because he noticed about himself that he is not like everyone else. He speaks several languages, has highly trained power observation and memory, know all the spy tricks and was perfect driver. In a fact he was a special agent, he was hired by special service to kill important political people. When he finds out who he really is, he decided to leave his job, because he was a good person, he did not want to kill anyone anymore. And of course, there was a girl, why helped him a lot and he was in love with her. In the end of that movie, he has found his girl Maria and decided to live with her a simple normal life… far away from his past life. I like that movie a lot it has everything. I would definitely recommend that movie.

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The book of life It is an animated film directed by Jorge Gutiérrez with a duration of 95 minutes, released in the United States in 2014. It is a legend-like story of two young men, Manolo and Joaquín, who live in a traditional Mexican town and compete for the love of María. Behind that bet are also two spirits, La Muerte and Xibalba, who will take part for each young person, tipping the balance for one of them to know who will conquer the sweet Maria? From that moment on, a very dizzying adventure begins that takes the viewer into the world of the living and the dead with fantastic colors and definition. It amazes so much level of detail and authenticity. The movie offers unique universes. The Book of Life is an entertaining animated film, suitable for children from the age of seven (more or less), it is a fairly elaborate film, with easy and simple content to digest. For me, the film also has authenticity, it is that although there is a stamp of the producer, it does not go beyond the creativity of the author.


I'm not a big fan of superhero films, but the movie Black Panther really caught my attention. It was directed by Ryan Coogler and it came out on February 16, 2018. The film is about a young man name T'Challa, play by the late Chadwick Boseman, who returns home to the African country of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. But when he's tested by a sudden enemy, Erik Killmonger play by non other than the talented Michael B Jordan, he must resolved this conflict because the fate of Wakanda and the world is at risk. With that said, he must gather an army, the Dora Milaje(adore ones) and the lead Okye (Danai Gurria), his wife to be Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and his brilliant little sister Shuri(Letitia Wright) that must fight with him till the end to defeat their enemy and keep their country safe. Overall the movie was amazing. I like that it appreciated the cultures of blacks in the United States and African cultures. Also the actors and actresses put their heart, soul, mind and body into each of their roles. Last but not least, the customs changes and effects was flawless.

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Film title "Eddie the Eagle" Directed by Dexter Fletcher.This movie based on real life of British first ski-jumper Eddie Edwards. Film gives us an idea about the power of encouragement, dedication and passion. All the person should have a target and must try to pass barriers.Then "the light will appear at the end of the tunnel" In my opinion this movie must be watched by all the students who at the beggining of their life journey. Don't give up and try and try again. This is motto of this film.


I learnt about the genre of film. props that characters use to make the movie realistic.

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Five feet apart Romance This film is a 2019,directed be Justin Baldony.The stars are Cole Sprouse,Geyly Lu Richardson,Emily Baldony. The movie tells about girl Stella,who was sick on cystic fibrosis.She met a guy Will.He was also ill.But they weren’t allowed to approach each other’s,because they could infecting deadly viruses. But they didn’t heed all the bons... This film is very interesting and exciting. I highly recommend watching this movie to everyone.This story won’t leave anyone indifferent.

The Theory of Everything Drama/melodrama/biography, 2014 This film directed by James Marsh. The stars are Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones. This movie is based on a book. This is the story of the life of the famous physicist Stephen Hoging. Stephen goes to university, where he meets Jane. She became his wife in the future. Then, he learns of his incurable illness. His friends and wife support him. Man tries to fight. They are born children and all are happy in the family. But his health is deteriorating. Stephen makes great discoveries in physics. He becomes known worldwide. This film is very moving and romantic. The most touches is the love of Steven and Jane. I recomend this film everyone because it's very interesting and good. It has strong points.

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ESL Questions on Movies

What makes a movie “great” in your opinion?

Do you like to watch old movies? Black and white movies?

Do you watch your favorite movies more than once? How often?

Do you think a movie has to be believable to be good?

Do you pay attention to what movie critics think about movies?

How have movies changed over the years?

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ESL Video on Movie Reviews

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson about movies.

Listening Practice Movie Reviews

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions about Movie Reviews.

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How do reviewers like the movie by Claude De Roserio?

When did Yana see the movie?

What was Yana’s favorite part of the movie?

Does Michiko live near the theater?

What didn’t Michiko like about the movie?

Did the reporter like the movie?

Who does the reporter agree with?

Where did they ask people’s opinions?

Speaking Activity

Use the ESL illustrations to talk about the passage and movies and movie reviews.

Giving Movie Reviews

ESL vocabulary to talk about movies

Believable | complaint | criticism | exactly opposite extremely | local(s) | opinion | opposite | point out reflect | specific | in terms of | i couldn’t agree more personally speaking | i have to side with.

Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right .

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Discuss the following quotes about opinions, agreeing and disagreeing .


“Never judge someone by the opinion of others.” Unknown
“Try being informed instead of just opinionated.” Unknown
“Your opinion is not my reality.” Steve Maraboli
“There are as many opinions as there are people.” Terence
“Just because they disagree, doesn’t mean you ain’t right.” Toba Beta
“There are as many opinions as there are experts.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.” Unknown

Discuss the following questions about opinions, agreeing and disagreeing .

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  • Do you always check the comments and ratings before deciding on a movie?
  • Do you always check the comments and ratings when buying something online?
  • What are examples of things that it’s better to make your opinion over taking the word of others?
  • Do you have the same or completely different taste for things than your friends?
  • Do you leave ratings and comments for products and services?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example. Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight. Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.

Talking About Cinema

I couldn’t agree with the reviews more !

Michiko’s complaint was that the characters were not believable.

The positive reviews reflect exactly how I feel.

Her opinion was the exact opposite .

I’m afraid I disagree with her opinion.


Missing Words

Watch the video again and complete the sentences.

The End

The new movie by Claude De Roserio has received some ____________________ 1            positive reviews. We went down to the local cinema to speak to some locals to get                  their _________________ 2 on the movie. Do they agree with the recent reviews?

The first person we spoke to was Yana, who had just seen the movie. “______________________ 3 with the reviews more! It was fantastic!”. Yana went on to say that her favorite part was the ending. She said, “it was _________________ 4 but also very satisfying. The positive reviews _______________ 5 exactly how I feel.”

The next person we spoke to was less positive. Michiko had traveled a long way to watch the movie in this __________________ 6 cinema. “I’m afraid I disagree with the reviews”, she said. “In fact, I’d say the ____________________ 7 !”. Michiko’s __________________ 8 was that the characters were not believable and when our reporter pointed out the fact that other people had liked the characters, Michiko said that she disagreed.

Personally speaking, I have __________________ 9 Yana on this one. While I can understand Michiko’s criticism of the characters, I’m afraid I disagree with her opinion that they were not believable. ____________________ 10 the ending, I agree with Yana 100% – it was an incredible way to close the show!

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Let’s go to the movies! – ESL lesson plan on films

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This ESL lesson plan on films is based on a video presenting some details about Pain and Glory, a film by Pedro Almodovar that is nominated to 2020 Oscars. The worksheet consists of two parts, pre-class and in-class activities, but the whole lesson plan can also be done during the class as the video is just 6 min long. The purpose of the lesson plan is to prepare students to write a short film review (150 words).

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that the first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in these lesson plans in our post.


The pre-class worksheet of this lesson plan on films starts with a listening comprehension task . Students need to watch the first part of the video and note what provided figures and dates refer to in the video. Next, they watch the same part of the video again. This time they have to complete sentences taken from the video with correct words they hear. In the same sentences, there are some words in bold which students have to match with correct meanings in the next task. The video itself is full of great vocab so you can go through the script and get some more words you find useful for your students and let your students watch the whole video!


The first in-class activity includes discussion questions which are based on the info from the video and contain some vocabulary from previous exercises . After that, students move to another task on vocabulary. They have to match sentence halves that also include a lot of great vocabulary which is useful when talking about films (e.g. be shot ,  cast , plot twists , nail-biter , etc.). Next, students r ead a short film review and complete it with words from the box. Finally, having learnt all the vocabulary and read the review, students are ready to write their own short film reviews . Remind them to include vocabulary from the lesson as well as write about such aspects in their reviews as the plot, setting, cast, their opinion and recommendation.

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Talking About Movies (Upper-Intermediate & Advanced ESL Lesson Plan)

Let's study about movies

Compelling Conversations: Chapter 19: Talking About Movies

This is a sample lesson plan taken from Compelling Conversations: Questions & Quotations on Timeless Topics. To view more sample chapters, please visit . The book can be previewed and purchased on Amazon US & Amazon Europe . To download a printable version of this chapter, please click here: CC-Chapter19-Movies-Lesson-Plan.pdf

Study about movies from Compelling Conversations

Movies Lesson Plan (ESL) - Chatting

You can also start a conversation by asking for movie suggestions. Talk with your partner, and share your movie experiences.

1. Do you like movies? Where do you usually see movies? 2. How often do you watch movies? At home? In theatres? 3. Where do you find movies to watch at home? Library? Cable? Blockbuster? Netflix? 4. Do you have cable television? Do you use on-demand features? 5. Do you own any movies? Which? Do you repeatedly watch them? 6. Have you figured out a way to see movies for free? How? 7. Can you compare movie houses in your homeland with theatres in the United States? 8. What might annoy you at a movie theatre? Using phones? Babies crying? Other? 9. Do you have a favorite movie theatre? A preferred place to sit? 10. Have you ever seen a celebrity or famous person? Where? Tell us about it 11. What movies have been blockbusters here? In your native country? 12. Can you think of some tourist sights related to the movie industry? 13. What movies have you seen that took place in Los Angeles? New York? Chicago? 14. Have you ever seen movies being filmed? Where? What was the atmosphere? 15. Have you ever acted in a play or movie? Can you describe your experience?

Movies Lesson Plan (ESL) - Vocabulary

  • blockbuster = a movie or book that is a great commercial success
  • famous = known by many people
  • popular = liked by many people
  • adapt = make sth suitable for a new use or purpose
  • word of mouth = spoken language; ideas that spread among people through conversation
  • cast = the actors in a play, movie, or production
  • crush = a brief but intense infatuation with someone
  • celebrity = a famous person
  • director = a person who supervises the actors and staff for a movie
  • genre = a category of art, film, etc.
  • film noir = a style of film that is dark, negative, and pessimistic.
  • animation = a technique of using drawing to create the appearance of movement in film

Movies Lesson Plan (ESL) - Movie Genres

1. Which types (genres) of movies do you enjoy most? Why? 2. Can you think of an example of a good movie in five different categories? 3. Can you think of an example of a bad movie in three categories? 4. What makes your favorite films special or memorable? 5. Name a few movies that you disliked. Why did you dislike them? 6. Can you think of some books that have been adapted into movies? Did the adaptations work? 7. Did you have a favorite movie as a child? Teenager? 8. Did you have a favorite star as a child or teenager? Who? Why? 9. Do you know anybody who had a “crush” on a famous actor or actress? 10. Have you ever seen a movie several times? Which? Why? 11. Do you have any favorite actors now? Why? Did they move you in any role? 12. What actors, actresses, or directors would you like to lunch with? 13. Do you have any favorite directors? Why? Which of that director's films touched you? 14. How do you decide which movie to see? Word of mouth? Ads? Awards? Reviews? 15. Which movies would you suggest a tourist to your country watch? Why? 16. What movies have you seen this year? Which do you recommend? 17. Do you think movies influence society or reflect society? How?

Movies Lesson Plan (ESL) - Quotations

Circle four quotes that appeal to you. Discuss your choices.

1. “Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.” –Charlie Chaplin (1889—1977), British comedian and actor

2. “You know what your problem is? It's that you haven't seen enough movies—all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.” –Steve Martin (1945—), comedian

3. “I think nudity on screen is disgusting, shameful, and unpatriotic. But if I were twenty-two, with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic, and a progressive, religious experience.” –Shelly Winters (1920—2006), actress

4. “Watch this if you like, and if you don't, take a hike.” –Clint Eastwood (1930—), actor, director, and producer

5. “It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.” –Andy Warhol (1928—1987), American artist

6. “We need families to start taking more responsibility in understanding which movie is good for their children and which movie is not.” –Jet Li (1963—), Chinese actor and martial artist

7. “Movies are fun, but they're not a cure for cancer.” –Warren Beatty (1937—), American actor, director, and producer

8. “I did a women's movie, and I'm not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I'm not gay. I learned as I went along.” –Ang Lee (1954—), film director born in Taiwan

9. “My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes because nobody can leave.” –Burt Reynolds (1936—), American actor

10. “Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.” –Spencer Tracy (1900—1967), actor

11. “Maybe every other American movie shouldn't be based on a comic book.” –Bill Maher (1956—), American comedian

12. “Life is like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.” –Jim Henson (1936—1990), American creator of the Muppets

13. “The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn't.” –Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909—1993), American screenwriter

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Describing a film

If you’ve just seen a great film, you might want to tell your friends about it. Here are some tips for doing that. Make sure you know how to sequence your story, and use linking words to help others understand you.

Telling a story about a film

Here are some ways you can tell the story (plot) of a film you’ve seen.

It’s set in…(New York / in the 1950’s).

The film’s shot on location in Arizona.

The main characters are … and they’re played by…

It’s a mystery / thriller / love-story.

You can tell the story of the film in the present simple tense.

Well, the main character decides to… (rob a bank)

But when he drives there…

Giving your opinion

I thought the film was great / OK / fantastic…

The actors / costumes / screenplay are/is …

The special effects are fantastic / terrible

The best scene / the worst scene is when…

The plot is believable / seems a bit unlikely

Not telling all

You don’t want to spoil the film for your friends, so you can say something like:

“I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I’m not going to tell you what happens in the end.”

“You’ll have to go and see it for yourself.”

“I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you.”

Useful adjectives

All these are useful words and phrases to spice up your description:

true-to-life (a real story)

the real story of

remarkable (unusual, good)

masterpiece (the best work someone has done)


Vocabulary for describing movies

Here is a list of vocabulary that reviewers often use when describing movies.

I have divided them into three categories: positive, negative, and neutral.

Note that depending on the combination of words used, they may change from neutral to positive or negative.

Movie / Film vocabulary

Actors’ description



Special effects:

Spectacular scenes

Uses simple and ordinary effects

Technically and visually stunning

Mediocre visuals

A compelling work of science-fiction

Unimaginative, implausible and ridiculous

An eye-opening expose

A cliché-ridden script and familiar narrative

Chock full of high-tech dazzling action

Features manic action

Silliest blockbuster

An offbeat but touching romantic comedy

Slapdash comedy

Light and entertaining

Goes overboard with slapstick and effects

Spiced with plenty of humor and affection

Crude and offensive

A funny political satire

Lacks originality, ingenuity, humor, and charm

Gut-busting laughs

An overly melodramatic tearjerker


Mammothly entertaining stuff

Movie is skippable

Dark, thrilling and mysterious

A big-reveal thriller with surprises that do NOT surprise

A clever, heart-pounding thriller

An obvious, predictable plot

Suspenseful expose

A dull and repetitive interpretation

Actor/character performance:

Charismatic leads

Merely passable acting

Brilliant performance

Poorly executed

Unprecedented success

Emotionally inadequate

Refreshingly honest and utterly charming

A tired and monotonous

A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic

Fails to come up with interesting characters

Movie review vocabulary

Movie reviews include different elements of the movie including:

Director – the person who directed the movie

Rating – 1-5 number of stars, 5 stars is the best review

Starring – the names of the actors in the movie

Producer – the person/company that produced the movie

Based on – used when a movie is based on a book

Movie genres

Action/Adventure – fighting, chases, explosions, and fast scenes

Animation – computer-animated or hand drawn characters

Comedy – funny, funny, and more funny

Documentary – story about someone or something that actually took place in history

Drama – emotionally charged personal challenges

Foreign – any movie not in English

Horror/Thriller/Suspense/Mystery – dark, scary and bloody scenes

Kids/Family – fun for the whole family

Romance – a love story

Sci-Fiction/Fantasy – not a true story, but based on make-believe, full of imaginative ideas

and special effects

Musical – story told with song and dance

Some other vocabulary related to film/movie

catch a movie


foreign film

go to the movies

main characters

movie review

movie theater

science fiction

suspense thriller

buy some popcorn

buy tickets

get a drink

go to a movie theater

read a movie review

sit in an aisle seat

wait in line

watch a movie trailer

watch the credits

watch the previews

take a seat

at the front

in the middle

at the back


Useful phrases

x has much to recommend it.

X is, at heart, a(n) love/spy/adventure story.

It is based on a book by …

It is set in the countryside/the future.

The film has a quality cast.

The film was directed by …

The film score is enchanting/evocative/scary.

The film captures the spirit of …

The hero/heroine/villain is …

I felt/thought it was …

I was impressed by …

What struck me most was …

What I liked most/didn’t like was …

The plot was gripping.

The characters were very convincing/very well drawn.

On reflection, I think it was …

It struck me as being …

What I didn’t understand was how …

In spite of these few criticisms, I think …

I would have no hesitation in recommending …

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18 Movies for ESL Students

In native English classrooms, teachers often get their students started with a book and then let them watch the movie based off of it as a reward.

But movies have so much more to offer.

You can also use the movie adaptations by themselves to teach and encourage your students to explore the English language.

Today, we’ll take a look at some popular movies based on books and what theymove can do for your ESL students .

ESL Movies for Beginners

1. “how the grinch stole christmas”, 2. “charlie and the chocolate factory”, 3. “miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children”, 4. “harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone”, 5. “the maze runner”, 6. “holes”, esl movies for intermediate learners, 7. “the fault in our stars”, 8. “the hunger games”, 9. “divergent”, 10. “the book thief”, 11. “about a boy”, 12. “rumble fish”, esl movies for advanced learners, 13. “everything is illuminated”, 14. “of mice and men”, 15. “fight club”, 16. “gone girl”, 17. “to kill a mockingbird”, 18. “life of pi”.

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One day, when he can no longer stand the noise and the bells and the sounds of Christmas celebrations from the nearby town of Whoville, the Grinch takes it upon himself to “steal” Christmas.

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It’s hard to go wrong with Dr. Seuss, especially when working with kids or beginners. The language Seuss uses may throw in a ton of invented words, but the great stories more than make up for that. And speaking of the language, the rhymes and rhythm of the story are fun and can help students learn pronunciation .

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There’s also a live-action version of the film released in 2000, though I personally prefer the animated version. Not only is the latter much shorter (making it easier to digest), but students don’t need to be too familiar with Christmas to understand what’s going on. All celebrations have some kind of tangible representation, so your students should be able to easily grasp the significance of the Grinch stealing Christmas decorations, gifts and the feast. 

charlie and the chocolate factory

Charlie Bucket, a boy from a poor family, lives near the Wonka Factory, which recently closed down due to issues with rivals attempting to steal the factory’s secrets—specifically, its fantastic candies that are unlike any other.

One day, Willy Wonka, the owner of the Wonka Factory, announces a contest where five winners of Golden Tickets (which have been randomly tucked into five Wonka Bars worldwide) get to have a free tour of his factory, an unlimited supply of chocolate and another surprise prize by the end of the tour. Charlie happens to win one of the tickets, and so the plot kicks off.

Roald Dahl’s writing is clear and highly accessible to children, and his books remain beloved even decades later. In terms of vocabulary, this is certainly more complicated than Seuss’ books, but the accompanying illustrations help make it clearer.

Also, even though students may have difficulties with certain words, this can be a good introduction to reading for gist and understanding unknown vocabulary from context . You can emphasize that they need not understand every single word as long as they get the general idea.

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Like the “Grinch,” this book has two movie adaptations. The 1971 musical version starring Gene Wilder was actually titled “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” while the 2005 Tim Burton-directed adaptation starring Johnny Depp kept the name of the original book.

Interestingly, the 1971 version seems to stay a bit closer to the story, while the 2005 version used advances in film technology to better embody the aesthetic the book describes. Either way, many students seem to like Johnny Depp, so that may be the one to go with.

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a thrilling tale of children with special abilities trying to protect themselves from both the outside world and the bad guys out to get them. The story follows Jake’s discovery of the peculiar children and his fight to keep them safe.

This movie is great for adult ESL students and teenagers learning to speak English . Characters speak with both American and British accents, which can be a nice exposure for your students.

And while the movie is typically creepy (Tim Burton was the director, after all), the plot is simple. The children are hiding from the bad guys, and the bad guys are coming to get them.

If your students choose to read the book, there are plenty of pictures throughout to help aid their comprehension , which makes it a nice choice for ESL students.

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“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is based on the hugely popular book by J.K. Rowling. It tells the story of Harry, who has lived in the regular world all his life, and has just found out that he and his deceased parents are famous wizards.

“The Sorcerer’s Stone” is an introduction to the world of magic Harry has been missing his entire life.

The movie and book are very similar, which makes it a good choice for ESL students who aren’t too experienced with reading in English. You can feel good about using the book and the movie with upper beginners and up. Just keep in mind that the actors speak British English throughout the movie.

In fact, the strength of the “Harry Potter” series is not only that it’s available in multiple formats such as book , audiobook and movie , but also that it’s available in many languages worldwide.

As explained in the video above, you can find “Harry Potter” in your students’ native language and use that to help them learn English.

In fact, it’s very likely that your students already know the plot and might’ve even already read or watched “Harry Potter.” That makes comprehension easier, and your students will be able to focus on additional vocabulary and grammar activities.

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“The Maze Runner” is the story of Thomas, who finds himself without memories in a community of teenage boys, none of whom can remember where they came from or why they are there.

The boys live in The Glade, a section of land surrounded by the giant walls of a maze. Thomas and the other boys must solve the maze to escape and get their lives back.

“The Maze Runner” is a good movie for ESL students because the plot is very simple: Thomas must discover a way out of The Glade.

Much of the plot can be understood visually rather than depending heavily on dialogue, which makes it good for beginning and low intermediate ESL students.

Following up with the book is a good choice because the writing is relatively simple but the story is still interesting and suspenseful.

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In “Holes,” a young boy is wrongfully convicted of a crime and is sent to a detention camp in the middle of a desert. There, he (along with others like him) is forced to dig holes for a mysterious reason.

The 2003 movie adaptation has a great cast that includes Sigourney Weaver, John Voigt and Shia LaBoeuf. The English is generally close to the book, and many parts of the plot involve flashbacks. That means your students can listen to a character talk about events while watching them on the screen. The movie is also very well-made and faithful to the book, even if it didn’t get much attention when it came out.

As for the book itself, it’s quite engaging and interesting, and the characters are well-developed, at least for a “kids’” book. It starts off using very short, clear sentences, and gradually picks up the pace by adding longer paragraphs just when readers are getting used to the style.

Louis Sachar is an excellent author, and the story deals with some difficult issues like race, murder, justice and rehabilitation in an entertaining way without talking down to readers.

the fault in our stars

Have your tissues on hand when you view this film with your students. “The Fault in Our Stars” is a raw and honest look at life in the midst of tragedy.

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The story follows Hazel in her battle against terminal cancer and Gus as he lives life as a cancer survivor. It’s an emotional movie that encourages viewers to live life to the fullest each and every day.

No matter what country a person calls home, everyone lives life feeling the same emotions—joy, sadness, despair, elation and the like. Intense emotion is something that everyone, including each of your ESL students, can relate to.

As your students watch this movie or read the book it’s based on, the struggles that Hazel and Gus face will touch them in their deepest places and might just spur them on to make the most out of every day they have.

the hunger games

To punish its citizens for a revolt that occurred many years ago, the government demands two tributes from each district—one boy and one girl between 12 and 18 years old—to compete in the annual Hunger Games, where they must fight to the death until only one survivor remains. 

The movie is visually stunning, and it brings the story to life in a way that really builds on the great visuals already described in Suzanne Collins’ work. It can also lead to interesting discussions regarding the future of the world, totalitarian structures, friendship, love and family.

As for the books, they’re hugely popular (so much so that many of your students may have already read them) and the movies have also been incredibly popular with various age groups.

The writing is at a good, intermediate level that’s neither too easy nor too challenging for your students. The style is noteworthy as well, since it’s written in first person present.


“Divergent” is set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, its inhabitants divided into five factions depending on their dominant personality trait.

Tris, the protagonist, leaves Abnegation, the faction of selflessness, to join Dauntless, the faction of bravery. The movie follows her journey to become a part of a new community and culture.

This movie is great for starting a conversation on culture since Tris is submerged in a culture completely different from the one she has known her entire life.

If you’re teaching ESL in an English-speaking country, many of your students will find themselves in similar positions. The members of your class will relate to Tris on the screen as well as on the page, and her struggle to understand a new world and find her place within it.

the book thief

“The Book Thief” tells the story of Liesel, a young girl in war-torn Germany in the 1930s. At the start of the story, Liesel is illiterate, and it’s her foster father Hans who teaches her to read and inspires in her a love of the written word.

The movie takes a very personal look at historic events that affected people all over the world. Your students will probably have studied these events in their home countries and first languages, so they will have some knowledge of the context that the movie and book take place in. This will give them an advantage in comprehension and allow you to push them a little harder than you might with other material.

Be aware that, throughout the movie, the actors speak with a German accent. This can be a challenge for ESL students who may be used to hearing a neutral accent in spoken English, but it’s also a good one. It will challenge students’ listening skills , making them better overall speakers (and listeners) of English. But because of this, you may want to reserve this movie for your intermediate and advanced students.

Also, your students may be able to relate with the main character’s struggle to learn a new language. You can zero in on the short scene where Liesel finishes her first book, “The Gravedigger’s Handbook,” to where Hans shows her the dictionary he has created on the walls of their basement, and make a Q&A or activity about it.

about a boy

“About a Boy” is a rom-com about Will Freeman, a freewheeling bachelor who attends a meeting of single parents to meet single women. Of course, since the meeting is for parents , Will has to pretend that he has a toddler of his own.

Unfortunately for Will, Marcus—the son of one of the other parents attending the meeting—discovers his ruse. Marcus uses this information to blackmail Will, and shenanigans—as well as some much-needed character development for Will—ensue.

The book isn’t necessarily easy reading, but it’s thoroughly entertaining. The plot is funny and the language includes a lot of useful slang (although it’s British English , so keep in mind that some vocabulary may be different if that’s not what you’re teaching).

The book also switches perspectives from Marcus (the boy) to Will (the man-child), but remains in the third person, which means that it plays with point-of-view but doesn’t make things too confusing for ESL readers.

The movie adaptation from 2002 is arguably even better than the book. For class use, you can examine what it means to be a family or a role model, how people redeem themselves and how they can live a fulfilled life.

rumble fish

“Rumble Fish” revolves around two brothers: Motorcycle Boy, an ex-gang leader who wants to leave his life of crime behind, and Rusty James, the younger of the two brothers who wants to get into Motorcycle Boy’s old way of life.

Naturally, this sets up the conflict that will drive the film through to its tragic conclusion.

The 1983 movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring a cast with about a dozen actors who are still famous today, is pretty incredible, especially considering that most people probably haven’t even heard of this adaptation of one of S.E. Hinton’s books.

The book was published in 1975, so many aspects of it are likely to be dated, like its book’s language. A few slang words—including the word “rumble” in the title itself—may have fallen out of fashion and can therefore be confusing for students. If you’re from a later generation, you may find some of these words confusing as well, so make sure you watch the movie before class, take note of anything that seems odd and look it up.

That said, the majority of the language is still authentic, and the characters spend most of the book immersed everyday life, talking about what young people like to talk about and doing what young people like to do. Most of that vocabulary is timeless, and can help students build up their vocabulary to talk about their own lives .

everything is illuminated

A young Jewish-American man, motivated by a passion for uncovering his family history, travels to Ukraine to find out what happened to his grandfather during World War II.

The 2005 movie starring Elijah Wood manages to convey the eccentric spirit of the story in a beautifully visual way. “Everything is Illuminated” can complement units that talk about World War II or the Holocaust, and could be woven into discussions about ancestry and identity.

Also, the book is told through various authors and from different perspectives. One narrator, Alex, is Ukranian, and as such his English is full of non-standard phrases and words (indeed, the title of the book is possibly just his attempt to convey the idea “all clear”). That might actually be good, though, since you can highlight the importance of communication and contrast it with the use of “correct,” standard English. It’s also interesting to see Alex’s English change and evolve throughout the story.

of mice and men

The movie centers around the two men depicted in the movie poster: George Milton, who is healthy both physically and mentally, and Lennie Small, who is the complete opposite.

Forced to flee their employer during the Great Depression (due to attempted rape charges filed against Lennie), the two end up on a ranch, where trouble unfortunately continues to follow Lennie.

Compared to “Everything is Illuminated,” “Of Mice and Men” uses the relatively simpler language characteristic of John Steinbeck’s work. The movie follows the book’s plot very closely, and can be used in class to practice comparing and contrasting the two mediums.

Also, because one of the main characters has an intellectual disability, the movie can also be used as a jumping off point for discussions on how such individuals should be treated in society. Even though the movie is set in a completely different era, you may want to touch on how prevailing societal beliefs back then (and arguably even now) affected Lennie’s ability to live a normal life.

fight club

I would give you a summary of what this movie is all about, but then I’d be violating the first rule of Fight Club—that is, to not talk about Fight Club.

I’m kidding, of course. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be devoting an entire section on why your ESL students can benefit from this film. There’s also a good reason it’s not easy to summarize this film, which I’ll get to in a bit.

I put this under the “Advanced” section for a reason. The movie goes into plenty of tangents, but they actually seem to highlight the gist of the film.

For example, a scene may show a dialogue between two people, when the narrator’s voice-over all of a sudden throws in a tangential sentence or two. If the students understand the tangent, more power to them, but it’s not always crucial to understanding what’s going on in the main plot.

Many people love the book “Fight Club” is based on, but it’s not necessarily the most ESL-friendly book out there. In fact, it’s likely to be challenging for many readers. There are frequent asides and tangents that don’t really have much to do with the plot at hand at any given moment. That can be frustrating, but it can also be a great way to teach ESL students to read for gist.

Despite its title, the story is actually more of a critique of consumerism, masculinity and modern society, although there is some fighting. You can explore these topics in class discussions, and can include conversations about mental health, gender relationships and violence.

gone girl

When Amy Dunne suddenly vanishes after the fifth anniversary of her marriage to the writer Nick, Nick becomes the prime suspect. As more details get revealed about the couple’s life, it would appear that not all is well in paradise.

This is another dark yet slightly funny story. The book is definitely more accessible for ESL readers than “Fight Club,” but it’s significantly longer.

The movie is directed by David Fincher, who also directed “Fight Club,” so many stylistic elements are similar. Because there’s a mystery element to the film, you can ask students to pay close attention to clues that hint at the conclusion it eventually arrives at. Can they give any alternate interpretations to the characters of Nick and Amy?

to kill a mockingbird

This 1962 film is set in Alabama, where Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer, attempts to defend a black man against false criminal charges.

He also tries to educate his children, one of which is the narrator of the film, against the dangers of choosing to view certain individuals as “the other” rather than as human beings in their own right.

The themes explored in this story—good and evil, racism, family, tolerance and growing up—are universal and never get old. Both the book and movie are regarded as classics, and with good reason.

The book has some aspects of a southern dialect, so that can be interesting for ESL readers, especially when comparing the speech of people from different social classes. Atticus Finch, both in the book and as embodied by Gregory Peck, also provides an excellent example of clear, “proper” English .

life of pi

The theatrical poster is striking enough: a lone boy on a boat with a tiger. Believe it or not, this isn’t a fantasy flick: it’s an adventure film about survival, human nature and the value of a good story.

And once your students watch the film itself, they’ll probably agree that the plot is even more striking than the poster—which is a feat in itself! In fact, the film has won a number of awards —including the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects.

Like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” this movie deals with good and evil, values, family and human dignity. If your current lesson revolves around those topics, “Life of Pi” weaves them in a thoughtful way that’s sure to spark some heated classroom discussion.

Also, it provides a good opportunity to discuss the concept of allegory and how this film is a good example of it. What do the animals represent? Why did the main character choose to tell his story in allegory form instead of a straightforward narrative? 

Movies may be primarily made to entertain, but don’t let that stop you from using them as a learning tool .

Make the most of what Hollywood has to offer and create memorable English movie lessons in the process.

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How to write a film review in Cambridge IGCSE ESL Exercise 6?

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Are you looking for a film review for your school magazine expressing your views? If yes, you are in the right place!

  • Add the title of the film and underline it, you may provide the reviewer’s name or byline.
  • Begin your film review with an introduction. One of the easiest ways of involving or reader hooked to the review is by asking questions. For example, ”Do you love action-packed films which keep you gripped to your seats?”
  • State your compelling opinion about the film and it gives your readers a feel for the film and keeps them go on reading.
  • The body of your film review gives some background story you should mention the lead role and the plot of the film briefly.
  • The second half of the film review describes the settings of the film.
  • In the next paragraph, includes settings and scenes
  • Link your film review with your opinion opinion
  • Ending paragraph deals with a general recommendation and reasons for the reader to view the film or reject it.

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Looking for a good movie to pass the time this Memorial Day weekend? The New York Times’s chief film critic, Manohla Dargis, and movie critic, Alissa Wilkinson, have you covered. Here are their top picks for the year so far. All are in theaters or available on demand.

In theaters; June 7 on Netflix .

The story: Glen Powell is a philosophy professor who moonlights for the police in New Orleans when he finds himself undercover posing as a hit man in this Richard Linklater movie. An encounter with Madison (Adria Arjona), a housewife looking to hire him, raises the stakes, comedically and romantically.

Alissa Wilkinson’s take: “If I see a movie more delightful than “Hit Man” this year, I’ll be surprised. It’s the kind of romp people are talking about when they say that “they don’t make them like they used to”: It’s romantic, sexy, hilarious, satisfying and a genuine star-clinching turn for Glen Powell, who’s been having a moment for about two years now.” Read the review.

‘Civil War’

In theaters.

The story: Set in the near future, “Civil War” depicts a United States that has devolved into conflict between the Western Forces of California and Texas (yeah, yeah, we know) and the federal government. As photojournalists played by Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura and Cailee Spaeny make their way to Washington, D.C., they encounter dangerous and unsettling scenes, painting a disturbing portrait of America in this Alex Garland drama.

Manohla Dargis’s take: “Hollywood’s longstanding, deeply American imperative for happy endings maintains an iron grip on movies, even in ostensibly independent productions. There’s no such possibility for that in ‘Civil War.’ The very premise of Garland’s movie means that … a happy ending is impossible, which makes this very tough going. Rarely have I seen a movie that made me so acutely uncomfortable or watched an actor’s face that, like Dunst’s, expressed a nation’s soul-sickness so vividly that it felt like an X-ray.” Read the review.

‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’

The story: Picking up generations after the last trilogy ended, Wes Ball’s action-adventure follows Noa (Owen Teague) after his clan has been attacked. On his own now, he meets up with Raka, a disciple of Caesar, the leader in the earlier movies, as well as a mute human (Freya Allen).

Alissa Wilkinson’s take: “‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ is set in the future, but like a lot of science fiction … there’s a knowing sense that all this has happened before, and all this will happen again. That’s what makes ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ powerful, in the end. It probes how the act of co-opting idealisms and converting them to dogmas has occurred many times over.” Read the review.

‘Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World’

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The story: In Radu Jude’s scathing comedy, a foulmouthed production assistant named Angela (Ilinca Manolache) drives around Bucharest, Romania, looking for injured workers to interview for a workplace safety video.

Manohla Dargis’s take: “As she changes gears, and the movie switches between black-and-white film and color video, Angela flips off other drivers, acidly critiques all that she encounters, creates TikTok videos and effectively maps the geopolitical landscape of contemporary Romania.” Read the review.

‘Late Night With the Devil’

Stream it on Shudder ; also rent or buy it on most major platforms .

The story: In this horror show from the brothers Cameron and Colin Cairnes, David Dastmalchian is a Johnny Carson-like late-night host desperate for ratings and awards. The film purports to be the footage of the episode that “shocked a nation.”

Alissa Wilkinson’s take: People watch late-night TV “to laugh, to be entertained and to feel some kind of companionship when the rest of the world goes to bed. ‘Late Night With the Devil’ twists that camaraderie around on itself, layering in familiar 1970s horror tropes about demonic possession, Satanism and the occult. The result is a nasty and delicious, unapologetic pastiche with a flair for menace. I had a blast.” Read the review.

‘Evil Does Not Exist’

The story: In a rural hamlet outside Tokyo, a developer tries to sell skeptical locals on the benefits of a glamping resort. As the residents push back against the prospect of tourism upending their quiet rhythms, the developer’s representatives come to see their point of view in Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s deceptive drama.

Manohla Dargis’s take: “I have watched ‘Evil Does Not Exist’ twice, and each time the stealthy power of Hamaguchi’s filmmaking has startled me anew. Some of my reaction has to do with how he uses fragments from everyday life to build a world that is so intimate and recognizable — filled with faces, homes and lives as familiar as your own — that the movie’s artistry almost comes as a shock.” Read the review.

‘Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus’

The story: In this documentary from Neo Sora, the influential Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto plays his entire final concert. It was filmed in a studio with only the crew watching.

Alissa Wilkinson’s take: “Even for the viewer without much knowledge of Sakamoto’s work, ‘Opus’ holds its own as the rare cinematic space for contemplation. There’s no context given, no attempt to create a narrative. Instead, the visual space is carefully filmed and the lighting manipulated to subtly shift the mood.” Read the review.

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Explosive violence, nonstop swearing in 4th buddy-cop film.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Movie Poster: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence stand back to back, holding guns

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Like the other films in the series, the theme of f

The main characters are likable, but they're also

The two lead characters and many others are Black;

Guns used to threaten and shoot, with blood spurts

A man lifts his hospital gown, with his back to th

Near-constant, extremely strong language includes

Bags of Doritos chips and packages of Skittles can

Character drinks a glass of whiskey mixed with Pep

Parents need to know that Bad Boys: Ride or Die is the fourth movie in the increasingly tired buddy-cop franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence that began in 1995. It's more of the same, so if you were a fan of the other ones, you'll probably like this one, too. It has all of the explosive violence…

Positive Messages

Like the other films in the series, the theme of family (and bonds of friendship) is present underneath the over-the-top action. Characters are encouraged to form better relationships with loved ones, and the main characters both have a strong sense of duty and devotion to their superiors -- even though they blow everything up and face no consequences, they're trying to do the right thing. Anxiety is treated lightly/dismissively.

Positive Role Models

The main characters are likable, but they're also unapologetically violent and crude and never face any consequences. Even their family-like bond now seems stretched thin. One character struggles with the misconception that he's "cursed" and brings violence down upon his loved ones; he begins to suffer panic attacks, which isn't taken/discussed seriously and is solved with a simple slap on the face and someone saying saying "it's not your fault." Another character has a near-death experience and realizes that he has "nothing to fear," which dissolves into a series of jokes about how he tests this theory.

Diverse Representations

The two lead characters and many others are Black; co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are Belgian filmmakers of Moroccon descent. Black performers/athletes Tiffany Haddish, John Salley, and DJ Khaled appear in small roles. Police captain Rita Secada is played by Paola Núñez, who was born in Mexico. Jacob Scipio, who plays Mike's son, Armando, has Indo-Guyanese and English ancestry. Vanessa Hudgens, who co-stars as Kelly, is of Filipina descent. These are all heroic roles; most of the villainous roles are played by White men. In one scene, Mike and Marcus are forced to steal clothes from two White Miami residents, and there's some dialogue suggesting that they may be White supremacists, but this isn't condoned in any way. A White man in a prison scene has a Swastika tattoo. Key female characters are tough, but they're also largely bystanders/supporters of the male characters; some women are objectified. A form of torture in which fingernails are removed is referred to as a "Colombian manicure."

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Violence & Scariness

Guns used to threaten and shoot, with blood spurts and deaths. Women are kidnapped and held at gunpoint. A man beats a woman up in an elevator car, slamming her face against the wall, etc. During a prison yard fight, a character uses a barbell weight to bash opponents in the head. Knife threat, knife fights, stabbing and slicing. Car chases and crashes. Plane crashes into building, with a character shredded by the propellor. Vehicle slams into character. Vehicle on fire. Helicopter crash. Explosions. Bombs dropped via drone. Grenade. Fighting, punching, kicking, slapping. Character collapses from a heart attack. A man shoots a woman in the face, off-camera, to make it look like she died by suicide. Description of "Colombian manicure," in which a character's fingernails are forcibly removed with pliers; brief flash of character screaming in pain. Characters are bitten/eaten by a giant alligator. Character stands on ledge of tall building. Character walks into busy street, nearly hit by traffic. Character has nightmare that includes violent flashbacks from previous movies. Panic attacks. Swastika tattoo. A man tries to coerce his wife into bed but is interrupted.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

A man lifts his hospital gown, with his back to the camera, supposedly exposing his private parts; a gust of wind lifts his gown, and his buttocks are briefly exposed. Strong sex-related dialogue and sexual gestures. Women pole-dance in a strip club (no nudity). Two co-workers are caught having a secret relationship. Shirtless male. Gratuitous montage of women in bikinis. Kissing. A man gestures for a woman to sit on his lap.

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Near-constant, extremely strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "t-ts," "bulls--t," "p---y," "son of a bitch," "ass," "dumbass," "d--k," "bastard," "damn."

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Products & Purchases

Bags of Doritos chips and packages of Skittles candy are prominently displayed/mentioned. Character wears a Bud Light T-shirt. Ding Dongs and Coke are mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character drinks a glass of whiskey mixed with Pepto Bismol. Mentions of drugs (cocaine, ecstasy, etc.).

Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bad Boys: Ride or Die is the fourth movie in the increasingly tired buddy-cop franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence that began in 1995. It's more of the same, so if you were a fan of the other ones, you'll probably like this one, too. It has all of the explosive violence you'd expect, with guns and shooting, blood spurts, deaths, knives, slicing, stabbing, chases, crashes, fires, fighting, alligator attacks, a brief image of torture, and more. Near-constant language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "t-ts," "bulls--t," "p---y," "son of a bitch," "ass," "d--k," "damn," and more. There's also sex-related dialogue, sexual gestures, scantily clad men and women, a brief glimpse of a man's bare buttocks, and kissing. Drugs (ecstasy and cocaine) are mentioned, and a character drinks whiskey. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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What's the Story?

In BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE, Mike Lowrey ( Will Smith ) finally decides to tie the knot with Christine ( Melanie Liburd ). While dancing at their wedding, Marcus Burnett ( Martin Lawrence ) has a heart attack and lands in the hospital. When he wakes up, he has a new lease on life; he's no longer afraid. Meanwhile, an obscene amount of money has been transferred to an account in the name of Mike and Marcus's late captain ( Joe Pantoliano ), making it look as if the captain was crooked and in cahoots with drug cartels. The only person who can identify the culprit is Mike's son, Armando (Jacob Scipio), who's incarcerated. Mike arranges to have Armando transferred to a safe location so he can make the ID, but their helicopter is sabotaged, and Mike and Marcus are framed. Suddenly, Mike, Marcus, and Armando find themselves on the run from the law, with no one to trust.

Is It Any Good?

This increasingly road-weary series tries to limp into more "mature" territory with its characters and their relationships, but it's has all the same old shootouts, explosions, and dumb humor. Indeed, Bad Boys: Ride or Die seems to be trying to follow in the tire tracks of the Fast and Furious series with its obsession with "family," but it's so half-baked and mismatched that it makes that series look like high cinema in comparison. Not to mention that the so-called character developments here go nowhere. Marcus learns to conquer his fears, and Mike learns to overcome his panic attacks (via a slap on the face), but in the long run these things don't contribute anything to the story.

Co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (known as "Adil & Bilall") attack the material at full speed, swirling and swinging their cameras every which way and cutting without mercy. In an early scene, Marcus looks at his watch, and the filmmakers cut to a shot of Marcus's face from the point of view of the watch . The story itself is silly and often predictable, all the way to the third-act showdown at an "abandoned amusement park," which could have provided some fun visuals but doesn't. (Even the promise of a huge albino alligator named "Duke" disappoints.) Smith and Lawrence still have an uneasy camaraderie -- like an even more lowbrow Abbott and Costello -- that largely consists of Mike ordering Marcus around and both men cutting each other down. Sometimes it feels like they click, and other times it feels as if they're just tired and want to be somewhere else. Bad Boys: Ride or Die ought to come with a third option: "avoid."

Talk to Your Kids About ...

Families can talk about Bad Boys: Ride or Die 's violence . Is it designed to thrill or shock? How did the filmmakers achieve this effect? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

How does the theme of family (or bonds of friendship) run through this series? What are the positives and negatives of these relationships?

Do you consider these cop characters role models ? Why, or why not?

Did you notice positive diverse representations in the movie? What about stereotypes ?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : June 7, 2024
  • Cast : Will Smith , Martin Lawrence , Vanessa Hudgens
  • Director : Adil & Bilall
  • Inclusion Information : Black actors, Female actors, Asian actors
  • Studio : Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre : Action/Adventure
  • Run time : 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : strong violence, language throughout and some sexual references
  • Last updated : June 5, 2024

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Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle (2024)

Despite a strong field, the Karasuno High volleyball team advances past the preliminary round of the Harutaka tournament in Miyagi prefecture to reach the third round. Despite a strong field, the Karasuno High volleyball team advances past the preliminary round of the Harutaka tournament in Miyagi prefecture to reach the third round. Despite a strong field, the Karasuno High volleyball team advances past the preliminary round of the Harutaka tournament in Miyagi prefecture to reach the third round.

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