Spectrum editor’s list of films to watch for Sept. 22

“Atonement” (2007)

Based on the famous novel, this movie tells the stories of Briony Tallis, Cecilia Tallis and Robbie Turner as they grow and change during World War II. When young Briony makes an accusation that cannot be taken back, she unknowingly affects the lives of those around her, causing deadly consequences.

Available on Amazon Prime | 83% Rotten Tomatoes

“A Walk to Remember” (2002)

This heart-wrenching film follows the love story of two high school students with opposite lives, the innocent and religious Jamie Sullivan and the troublemaking and detached Landon Carter. As the two form an unlikely bond, Jamie teaches Landon how to open his heart amid an unexpected tragedy.

Available on Amazon Prime | 27% Rotten Tomatoes

“Judy” (2019)

Renée Zellweger takes on the role of iconic Judy Garland in this biographical film that takes place decades after “The Wizard of Oz,” during the last year of Garland’s life. As she performs for sold-out shows in London, she reflects back on her life while her health declines. Zellweger won an Academy Award in 2020 for this role.

Available on Hulu | 82% Rotten Tomatoes

“American Sniper” (2014)

Based on the true story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, Bradley Cooper depicts Kyle’s story of trauma, death and horror while serving in Iraq, as he becomes one of America’s deadliest snipers. Although Kyle’s accomplishments were celebrated, the film showcases how Kyle faced the personal consequences of his actions.

Available on Hulu | 72% Rotten Tomatoes

“Maid in Manhattan” (2002)

A twist on the classic “Cinderella” story, Jennifer Lopez plays a hotel maid living in New York City who accidentally falls for a high-profile senatorial candidate played by Ralph Fiennes. As the two get closer, Lopez’s character hides the truth about her life from Fiennes’ character out of fear of losing him. Their love is put to the test as class lines threaten to divide them.

Available on HBO Max | 38% Rotten Tomatoes

“Dumplin’” (2018)

Willowdean “Dumplin’” Dickson never saw herself as one of the beauty pageant contestants her mother trained for the annual Miss Teen Bluebonnet Pageant. However, when she decides to sign up for the pageant as a form of protest, she unknowingly challenges their small Texas community’s definition of beauty.

Available on Netflix | 86% Rotten Tomatoes

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