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Movie Reviews ESL Lesson

In this intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to give your opinion, agree and disagree with others about movies.

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

Practical English for everyday situations.

Movie Reviews

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?

Watch, Read or Listen

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!

The new movie by Claude De Roserio is out now. Let us know what you think!

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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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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

the other side of the door is a horror movie that was made in 2016-the stars is Sarah Wayne and Jeremy Sisto and it is directed by Johannes Roberts the movie is set in India and it tells the story of maria whose her son died in an accident and she blame herself because she is the one who caused this accident and therefore she is doing a spell ritual to bring her son back to life Or feel his presence which causes harm to her and her family

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.

That isn't a just horror movie but actually it is a movie Know the consequences of what you do so if you are fan of wisdom movie ,I recommend this movie to you, I give it four star of five Don't miss it .

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El Ruby House

El Ruby House is a comedy-drama Movie that was made in 2023. the stars are Kareem abdelaziz and Nour, and directed by Peter Mimi.

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!

Assel Aswad dramatic - comedian Aseel Aswad is a drama - comdey film. The film was made in 2010 . it tells the story of an Egyptian person (masry) he was live in America along his life .then came back home(Egypt).he surprised about deferent between the life in America VS Egypt. he discovered that deference when he dose some files in government interests school transportation . The main role is played by Ahmed Hilmy(masry) one of Egyptian famous actors share with Anaam Salosa ' Edward 'Lotfy Labib ' Emy Samir ghanim. The film directed by KHaled maray. I would give Asel Aswad four stars out of five and definitely recommend you watch it!

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Hatchi: a dog's tale It's a drama film The film was made in 2009 and directed by ( lasse hallstrom ) and the stars are (Richard Gere ) ,( Jason Alexander) and ( Joan Allen) The story is based on Barker who works as a professor and he goes to the university by the train And one day he found a little dog at the train station, he took it home with him and called it ( hatchi ) Then ( hatchi) grown up and it's attachment to the professor ( Barker ) increased, the dog used to drive the professor every day to the train station and wait until his return The dog was very popular with the people at the train station And on day the professor didn't come back to take ( hatchi) home with him So what's happened to the professor and hatchi ?!! Watch the film to know the end This is one of my favorites movies Definitely recommend you to watch it ❤️

Pride and prejudice It's a romance and drama film. It's directed by (Joe Wright) in 2005 the story is based on (Jane Austin's) novel. The film is set in United States . the stars Mr.Darcy (Matthew Macfady) and his best friend Bingley( Simon Woods) Jane (Rosamund Pike), Elizabeth (Keira Knightley),Mary (Talulah Riley),Kitty (Carey Mulligan)and Lydia Bennet (Jena Malone) . The story tells about Mr and Mrs Bennetts five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr . Darcy and his best friend Mr . Bingley have moved into their neighborhood. While Mr . Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter Elizabeth ,Jane and Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly. You must wait until the end to know what will happen! I like Pride and prejudice and I would like to give Pride and prejudice eight and half stars out of ten and definitely recommend you to watch it ♡

Work it It’s dance comedy film that was made in 2020 . The stars Sabrina carpenter and Liza koshy and Jordan fisher , and it directed by Laura Terruso . The film talk about quinn Ackerman she is a nerd and she want to Join in college duke because was dreaming her like her father because father Quinn joined this college but she can’t because they won’t accept her , she has to do something different, so she will apply to a dance competition and be her team . But my favorite character is jake Taylor in this film . Watching a jake Taylor dance is very funny and fantastic. I recommend this film to watch it who wants to laugh and exciting watch this film , so go to see it with your friends. I give jake Taylor 5 stars because he deserve this 5 stars . Don’t miss it.

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John Wick 3. It is an action film directed by Chad Stahelski and the cast includes Keonu Reeves and Scott ADKINS SET IN 2023. The plot is about Johnwick taking his fight against the high table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld. The performance of the cast was thrilling and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end. I would give it a four rating and strongly recommend others to watch it.

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John Wick 4. It is an action film directed by Chad Stahelski and the cast includes Keonu Reeves and Scott ADKINS SET IN 2023. The plot is about Johnwick taking his fight against the high table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld. The performance of the cast was thrilling and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end. I would give it a four rating and strongly recommend others to watch it.


I would like to give a film review about 'Titanic.' It was written, directed and also produced by James Cameron. It is a genre of romance and drama. The film was made in 1997. It's about two characters falling in love during a voyage. The plot was remarkable and brilliant. It was first-rate and I would give it five stars and also strongly recommend those who missed this film to watch it.


I love the Long Shadow movie, an animated series, a comic series about the story of an orphan girl named Judy Abbott, who got a scholarship to Lincoln High School, by someone she doesn't know named John Smith, Judy called him the Long Shadow Owner, because she had never seen anything but his shadow . Her story contains sad clips, but she overcomes all misfortunes. Her story ends with a happy marriage with the owner of the long shadow.

Django Unchained-Action,romantic and comedy.

Django is a action movie and a one of the best movies have directed and it was made in 2012.The stars are Jamie Foxx (Django),Christoph Waltz (Dr.Schultz) and the infinite Leonardo Dicaprio(Candie) and it is directed by Tarantino.The story tells about Django the slave whose wife was kidnapped by Englishmen then Django try to find his wife with Dr.schultz.So can he find his wife ?

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.

Jumanji is an amazing adventure movie and its comedy at the same time that was made in2017. The stars are (dwayne Johnson)and (Karen Gillian) and it’s directed by (Jake Kasdan) while a group of teenagers were in detention at school one of them found a video game which took them inside it and they stuck at that video game until they complete the missions I am in love with this movie because it’s make me laugh and excited to watch the end This movie for children and adults so I recommend it for a family night. I give jumanji five stars

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Marvel Age of Ultron Its my favourite film cause i like the gerne and from all marvel films its my favourite. i like the characters and i like the plot and everything that happends in the film

avenger is an amazing action superhero film that is made in 2012 in United Kingdom it is directed by Joss Whedon its cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner as the Avengers, alongside Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. Jackson. i am abig fan of this film and i recommened the all to see this film

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Africano Africano is an amazing adventure, comedy movie I have ever seen. It was made in 2001.Ahmed El Sakka and Mona Zaki played the leading role, Hassan Hosny was in it. The movie was directed by Amr Arafa. It was set in South Africa and it tells the story of Badr who workes as a vet. His wish is tragically granted when his uncle who lives in Africa dies and Badr travels to get his inheritance as he meets his cousin Gamila. I love this movie because, the plot was interesting. I am also a big fan of Ahmed El Sakka. Hoever my favourite character in this movie is Gamila . Also the music is fantastic. I highly reccommend this movie, So go see it with your friends. I give it three stars, Do not miss it.

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Spider man is my favourite movie

My fav is marvel movies

yes that is a good movies company

World war Z is my favorite movie , It has been my favorite movie since I watched it , it's my favorite movie cause i love zombie movies and every one liked it ; The film was made in 2013 and the director is Marc Forstar He is a German film producer and screenwriter , The film won an Empire award. U.K .The film is set on U.S.A and the star is Brad pett (Gerry Lane), Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself. it is the best film i had watched it ever I would give it five stars and I recommend everyone to watch it!.

Spiderman no way home It's my favourite superhero and the actor who role the Peter parker is Tom Holland and the other actors played the role very well also i like the genre of this movie it's action. Finally, I think that this movie can watch it teenagers and adults but I don't think youngers can't watch it.

yes its a good one too


Marvels: Endgame is my favorite movie, It has been my favorite movie since 2019, and it has been my favorite because everyone loved Avengers: Endgame, but it’s not just any other superhero flick. It’s actually the best film in the MCU. It’s emotionally resonant. Endgame has a sense of beauty behind all of the action and violence. At the center of the film, it really is a love story. Thor goes back to see his mother before she is murdered by the Dark Elves, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reconciles with his father, and Steve Rodgers reunites with his wife back in his original time.

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The equalizer the equalizer is a realistic action film, where Denzel Washington, plays Robert mccall , the film talks about how robert faked his death in order to live a quiet life, but when he sees a young woman being abused by a Russian gang, he comes out of his retirement to fight crime and reinforce justice, the movie is set in Salisbury, Hamilton, Chelsea, Haverhill, and Boston, Massachusetts and is directed by Antoine fuqua it was released in 2014 has an interesting story, the acting is fantastic, and the special effects are impeccable, to me this movie is perfect, 10/10, i recommend it to everyone, but be warned since it has a lot of violence

end game if you like action movies this movie will be perfect for you the film is talking about the marvel universe Thanos has come to the earth and he wants to take all of the infinity stones and destroy the world then the avengers came to kill him and they make many wars two on earth and one in the space the film was made in 2019 and directed by Anthony Russo The film stars are Robert Downey Jr(iron man) and Chris Evans(Captain America) I would give this film five stars because the film is very Interisting

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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

i had to watch it twice to understand the idea


Twilight Saga

I loved this saga, I saw it many times and today in summer I saw it again and I can't get enough of it. I love the story, the characters and the villains, everything was well done. When I finished the saga for the first time, I did a lot of research on the characters, their lives, relationships etc. I saw a news that they will make a new movie based on Edwar Cullen's point of view, I hope they make it soon.


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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my favourite film is THE DARK KNIGHT i think is action and drama and crime, itis the most brilliant movie made by nolan, it was awsom movie, full of shoking seens.

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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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Obviously, this is the sequel to Fun in the City , which is a film I didn't like so it's fair to say my expectations were low. So, you could say I wasn't disappointed, as it met my expectations. It was awful! It was so awful, I'd rather not spend any more time on it by talking about it. But, that wouldn't be a film review and I think I owe you all a review to save you wasting your money going to see it.

So, it starts off with this big wedding scene. And, I won't go into why, but the whole scene is just there so they can make this one joke. It's not even a funny joke ... it's just, ah, it's just terrible. It's got nothing to do with the rest of the film. Anyway, it starts there. Then, instead of the characters and the plot staying in New York where the original film was set, one of them wins a ticket to India and decides to take all her friends. It's what directors do when they've run out of ideas … let's take our characters on tour!

Anyway, they gossip, cry and shop, and they repeat this until the end. No real people would ever act like this. I didn't have any sympathy for their problems or even care what happened to them. Don't go and see it, you'll only encourage them to make another sequel. The world doesn't need three of these films. Please save your money and go and see the other big film this week:  Twilight Mirror .

So, if you're a fan of the book it's based on, you're probably as excited as I was about this. For everyone else, this is a film fans have been waiting ten years to see. I have to confess, I was a bit nervous. I'd seen the posters and they didn't look right. I didn't love them at all. And I wasn't sure about the actors they cast either. So I went in not sure what to expect. But … I loved it.

One thing I really liked about it was the pace. They went backwards and forwards between the real world and the computer world and it worked really well. The special effects brought the computer world to life and I totally believed in it. But, more than that, I felt emotionally connected to the story and the characters. The whole film worked on so many levels. It reminded me of going to the cinema as a child – how much fun that was. I can't recommend it enough.

What was the last film you watched? What did you think of it?

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The last weekend I watched Poor Things with my cousins. And it´s a very weird movie but very funny, I just recommend it to a person who is very open minded due to the plot and the topics that are mentioned in the movie. I like it because is something different and challenging.

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The last film saw was Cindy la Regia, I think this film is not very funny and it also talks about the stereotypes that countries have

the last movie that i watched i think was cars, what do i think of that movie, that is awesome i mean is the best film animated in the last years, is my childhood that movie, what i really enjoy is the scenography of the movie and the music that it has, that is a good combo for the movie.

The movie that I watched was about a king called John snow and he had an army and they were in danger from an army called the deads and both sides had dragons and they fought until a queen came and saved the human army from the dead king and the movie ends there

the last movie i have watch was called The Spencer its about a guy called spencer who works in boston police department. he got a problem with his chief officer, he accuse that his chief was linked a case that he worked on and as he claim the chief has covered the case and showing no effort on it. then spencer goes to the crime scene where the woman got killed and finds a cctv near by, then he took the video tape. after he give a visit to his chief's house and he tried to talk with him then he aware a crumbs of a glass on the floor then he saw chief's wive with bloody face and the guy spencer got angry, then he pulled the cheif and throws to the ground and punches till his face was covered with blood, then the court verdict him with five years of prison.

The last filme I've watched was ''Perdida''. It is based on a novel brazilian book and you can watch this at cinema. I felt excited to see it because the story is a mix of contemporary and historic romance. I dont know if there is an english version of this book, but if there is, I really recommend the reading.

The first film being second in the story got me really confused. Is it because it was part 2 of some movie?

Spiderman across the Spiderverse, which I just watched yesterday, It was amazing, as it is supposed to be. It's an animation film about Miles, the one who gets bit by a radiation spider. It was totally worth all my money to go see it. The animation, soundtrack, plot, characters, and spectacular landscape on screen make it no wonder why people loved it.

The last film which I watched was called "Ilovaysk 2014. Battalion "Donbas"". This film is about events, which took place in the East of Ukraine in 2014. The main character "Bishut" and his comrade were catched in encirclement, and they need to go out from it. But, they are wanted by russian forces, so it's not easy to get back to their fatherland. The plot and pace were really amazing, so I advise everyone, who like action films, watch this. Of course, if you understand ukrainian and russian languages, you can watch it without any problems, but with subtitlies this film doesn't lose interest.

Now I'm watching Beef series and I reaches third episode. It's so interesting and worth it. I really enjoy it. This is the first time for me watching Asian series but I think it's recommended.

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18 Movies for ESL Students to Watch and Learn From

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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how the grinch stole christmas

Everyone likes Christmas—that is, everyone who isn’t the Grinch, a creature who lives by himself in the mountains (with his dog) and a disposition as sour as his looks.

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.

Why It Works for ESL Students

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 .

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.

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.

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone

“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.

the maze runner

“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.


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.

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.

And if you’re looking for more authentic learning materials, check out our list of books for ESL students: 

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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 CompellingConversations.com . 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

Movies lesson plan written by Eric Roth of CompellingConversations.com

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Thank you for posting and sharing this conversation lesson for readers!

I absolutely love these plans. Thank you for having these out here. It’s very much appreciated.

Thanks dude, excellent stuff as always! Keep it coming :)

Good plan & good organization of the lesson.

“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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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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ESLnotes: The English Learner Movie Guides

If you want to learn English well, you have to immerse yourself in English sentences (in other words, you need “ input ”). And if you want to learn spoken English, there are few better ways than watching English-language movies .

The problem is, dialog in movies can be incredibly challenging to follow, even for an advanced learner. While real people might slow down and “dumb down” their speech when they find out you are a non‑native, actors won’t do that.

Sure, you can stop the movie every time you get lost. But here’s a better idea:

Before you watch a movie, read one of our guides and pre-learn all the critical vocabulary. This achieves two things:

  • You can experience watching the whole film and understanding (almost) everything, like a native, which feels really good and helps your motivation.
  • While watching, you’ll be reviewing what you already know, which helps create long-term memories.

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“movie reviews – script”, listening exercise.

Listen to the recording on movie reviews and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences. 

Daughter : Dad, Dad, Dad!

Father : Uh, what, what, uh, uh!?!?

Daughter : The movie’s over. You slept through the best part.

Father : Ah, ah, I must have  dozed off  during the last few minutes.

Daughter : Right. You were gone for so long you should have brought your pillow and blanket. So, what did you think about it?

Father : Well, overall, I’m a little disappointed with the movie. I mean, the story was a little  bizarre , you have to admit. I mean, really. How believable is a  plot  about a captain who navigates his spaceship to the far reaches of the galaxy and encounters a race of frog people. I mean, come on.

Daughter : Ah, I thought it was fantastic [ Uhhh ]. I mean, you have to  admit the special effects were  awesome , and the acting wasn’t bad either.

Father : Ah, come on. I mean, what about the ship’s communications officer? I mean, what did you think about him? [ Well . . . ] Wasn’t he a little  weird  to you? He was always talking to himself, and he had that funny hairdo?

Daughter : Well, he was a little . . . unusual [ Yeah, yeah ], but the ship’s doctor was amazing. It was so cool when he brought the captain back to life during one of the battles.

Father : That was pretty realistic, but then the rest of the movie just went from bad to worse. And the photography was so  fake !

Daughter : How do you know? You were snoring so loud (the) neighbors probably had to close their windows. It was that bad.

Father : Ah, well, let’s go to bed

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  • doze off   (verb) : to fall asleep – The little girl began to  doze off  after spending the whole afternoon at the park.
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  • admit   (verb) : accept or acknowledge – You must  admit  that the ending of the movie was a little weak.
  • awesome   (adjective) : fantastic, great, wonderful  – The movie was  awesome . It was the best I have seen in a long time.
  • weird   (adjective) : strange, absurd, unusual – The book’s plot was too  weird  for me, so I returned it to the library.
  • fake   (adjective) : not real, not authentic – The scene where the doctor was killed by the shark was so  fake . You could easily tell that the shark was just a plastic model.
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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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But what Torres nails is breathtaking, especially that midnight anxiety at the ATM, the scanning for sketchy cash jobs online and, most sneakily and warmly, a blooming connection. Elizabeth sees Ale, sees him fully, and, in a lovely, utterly unsentimental moment, advises him, “Get a name and become a problem for them.” He, in turn, learns to defuse her rages, standing agog at her rants, hypnotized by her force of nature. Eventually, he adopts her ways. She has made him a New Yorker — a gift, if you know how to use it.


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