The Best Movies and Shows to Watch Over Winter Break

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By: The Sullivan RogersEdge Reporter Team

With winter break coming soon, here are some engaging movies and shows to watch to keep you entertained through the short days and long nights.

RogersEdge Reporter members from Sullivan High School watched movies and TV shows on various streaming platforms and have selected their favorite picks. From Shameless to The Blacklist, here are the best movies and shows to watch.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch                     
Rated PG
Available on Hulu

5 Snowflakes Rating 

Reviewed By: Oluwanifemi Onifade, Sullivan Sophomore

In this series, Sabrina, once a normal girl, learns from her aunts that she is a witch with magical powers. She has to navigate her way through life as a witch, but also follow the rules to make sure she hides her true identity from the mortal world. Despite making a lot of mistakes, she makes amends on her way to being the best half-witch in her hometown of Westbridge, Massachusetts. With her trustworthy cat Salem by her side and a couple of friends in the mortal world, she can overcome any obstacle.

This series deserves 5 out of 5 snowflakes because it is a classic. It is funny, family friendly and also teaches wholesome moral lessons. The characters are hilarious, especially the goofy black cat Salem and the fabulously dressed friends who provide hours of entertainment.

This is recommended to those who like comedy and fashion or want to kick back with family and watch a marathon.

Moesha
Rated PG
Available on Netflix And Hulu

5 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Oluwanifemi Onifade, Sullivan Sophomore

Moesha, a Black teen growing up in the 90’s, is forced to navigate the challenges of high school, friendships and home life. Along with the obstacles she faces, Moesha fights for gender and race equity and she tries to help people as much as she can.

This series deserves 5 out of 5 snowflakes because it is fun to watch and it gives people a new look into the life of a teenage Black girl. It is family friendly and also very funny. Moesha is both educational and entertaining. The series screams vintage from the outfits to the scenery; it all blends in quite nicely.

This series is recommended for someone who loves comedy, has style, and is a bit of a romantic.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Rated MA
Available on Netflix

5 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Olamide Olaleye, Sullivan Senior

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay is an emotional romantic Korean drama. It appears to be another heart-throbbing romantic comedy-drama which narrates the tale of a troubled health worker, Kim Soo Hyun in a mental hospital whose fate is intertwined with that of a writer, Seo Ye Ji with antisocial personality disorder as they fall in love.

This series deserves 5 out of 5 snowflakes since it has unique, passionate, and swoon-worthy sentiments. It includes several twists and turns that make it both thrilling and humorous at times. It also depicts an uncommon love tale between a healthcare worker and a famous children’s book author. It captures the entire gothic, fairytale, mysterious, dark, mental health, and spooky aura vibe. The inclusion of characters in the writer’s book worked beautifully, the atmosphere was excellent and the main actress’s outfits were influential.

This drama is for anyone who enjoys a series that makes a complete 180-degree turn and transforms into something utterly intriguing. Anybody who wants to experience the feelings of a drama would love this series. You will become unhealthily hooked!

Shameless    
Rated R
Available on Netflix 

5 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Feyisara Olaleye, Sullivan Sophomore

Shameless is a portrait of the lives of the Gallagher family on the Southside of Chicago. In this show, the family has a selfish and drunken father and a bipolar, unfit mother. The oldest daughter, Fiona, has to raise her siblings all by herself, but she also has some help from her very helpful neighbors, Kevin and Veronica. The family argues a lot, but always finds a way to resolve any problem they have.

This show deserves 5 out of 5 snowflakes because most teenagers can relate to this show in some way. This show is funny, realistic, and a life lesson all at the same time. It involves topics like poverty, gentrification, sexuality confusion and sexuality denial.

This show is recommended for someone who wants to see how teens’ lives work, someone who enjoys sibling drama and someone who likes to laugh. Trust me, you will love the family and the drama that follows!

The Good Place
Rated PG-13 
Available on Netflix 

5 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Jeanne Tuyisabe, Sullivan Sophomore

The Good Place is about 4 individuals who have passed away and are then welcomed to “The Good Place”. Michael, the man in charge at the Good Place, shows them around, answers their questions, and tells them how they passed away because they forget once they die. Individuals in The Good Place each have their own stories about how they passed and how they think they belong there, but Eleanor is the only person who thinks or rather knows she doesn’t belong there.

This show deserves 5 out of 5 snowflakes because it is funny and will make you laugh. Watch out for the really big plot twist in the middle that’ll make you gasp.

Audiences who enjoy sitcoms will enjoy this because it is really funny and very relatable. If you want to laugh over break with your family, this is the show for you!

Luca 
Rated PG
Available on Disney+

4 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Hajir Hasan, Sullivan Sophomore

This movie is about people who live underwater and are sea creatures underwater, but when they get out of the water, they transform into humans. These people are referred to as “monsters” by the “normal” residents of the area which is in Italy. Luca is a curious kid who ventured out one day and discovered a whole new world, met new friends, and achieved his goal of purchasing a Vespa with his best friend Alberto.

This movie deserves 4 out of 5 snowflakes because it’s a good movie, but it’s not something to watch again. It is also an animated movie, so your younger siblings will enjoy it more.

This movie is recommended to people who enjoy cartoons as well as fantasy and adventure.

Squid Game
Rated TV-MA
Available on Netflix

5 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Christian Carreto, Sullivan Freshman

Squid Game is a series about people being in debt having a second chance in life to earn millions of dollars by playing children’s games. Think about The Hunger Games, but this time with games like red light, green light and marbles. 456 players fight for their lives, each round is monitored by masked guards wearing pink suits as Front Man oversees it all. The show takes a dark turn when contestants realize the consequence of losing a game is deadly.

This show deserves 5 out of 5 snowflakes because it has a captivating plotline that follows the stories of many players trying to make it out alive with a grand prize whilst being forced to show their true colors. The director originally thought the show was not going to do well; however, now it is a very successful series that over 100 million people have seen. The numbers say it all!

This show is recommended to someone who loves thrillers because it is so believable.

The Blacklist 
Rated TV-14 
Available on Netflix

3 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Favour Mamudu, Sullivan Senior

The Blacklist is a show about an FBI agent and the world’s most notorious and wanted fugitive. Raymond Reddington, a fugitive, decides to collaborate with FBI agent Elizabeth Keen in catching and tracking down other dangerous criminals like himself by compiling a “Blacklist” of all the dangerous terrorists.

This show is rated 3 out of 5 snowflakes because the last season of the show seemed rushed and a lot of fans of The Blacklist weren’t so excited for the last episode since it was unexpected.

This show is for people who like mystery and crime.

Behind Her Eyes       
Rated MA
Available on Netflix 

4.5 Snowflakes Rating

Reviewed By: Iqmat Adeyemi, Sullivan Junior 

Behind Her Eyes is a series about a single mother, Louise Bardsley, who is bored of her life and wishes to fall in love again. At a bar one night she meets David, who’s new in town, and the chemistry between them strengthens. The next day paints a different picture. Louise finds out David is her new boss and is already married to a woman named Adele. The three of them grow close, but lies, secrets and hidden stories catch up with them in the end.

This series deserves a 4.5 out of 5 snowflakes rating because it is a really good mystery show, but it messes with your head a little bit. This series starts off with quite an intriguing premise, but has twist after twist making it even more intriguing.

This series is recommended to anyone who is interested in lucid dreaming. If you also enjoy mystery and getting to the bottom of a situation, this is for you!

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