Award show season is over for another year, and Oscar has gone into hibernation once more, leaving us with some amazing movies that celebrate all that being human entails (even if it means having a relationship with a fish as shown in “The Shape of Water”)!

Karen was happy and surprised to be the winner of this month’s draw of a $50 gift card to Cineplex.

Karen, her husband and 3 kids will have many great choices of movies to enjoy, from the family friendly “Coco”, which embraces the Mexican culture and reconciliation, to the twisted story of a black man and his white girlfriend’s family in “Get Out”.

Relationships come in many forms and a few can be found in the following films:

I, Tonya – a relationship of rivalry, based on the true story of Tonya Harding and the plan to further her career by harming Nancy Kerrigan

Lady Bird – a mother/daughter relationship and the coming of age story of a young woman with dreams of an “Ivy League” education and a life of culture while her family struggles financially.

Call Me by Your Name – a relationship between two young men set in the Italian countryside.

Phantom Thread- the relationship between a courtier, worldly and sophisticated, and a young waitress.

If action and politics is more their interest then Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour could be to your liking.

“Dunkirk” portrays the evacuation of soldiers, trapped by a German ambush, during World War II from the perspective of land, sea and air while “The Darkest Hour” is an account of Winston Churchill’s earliest days as Prime Minister during Germany’s sweep across Western Europe.

How about the fight for justice?

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the story of one woman’s fight, through the use of messages posted on 3 billboards outside town, to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder and the police departments lack of action.

Any way you cut it, Karen can expect some great family times with popcorn and a lively post movie discussion.