12 Best Octavia Spencer Movies You Must See

May 1, 2018
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Octavia Spencer is one of the most well-known and loved actresses in Hollywood. Her impressionable personality and charm make her favorites of many celebrities. Despite perennially being doomed in the background, Spencer makes the most of it and has now fallen into a habit of producing stunning work in that capacity. Here is the list of top Octavia Spencer movies you must watch. Happy reading!


12. Zootopia (2016)

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There are not many animated films that take a somber tone. ‘Zootopia’ is brave in according its narrative a different tone to other animation films and it works out pretty well. Judy fulfills her life’s dream when she officially assumes duty as a police officer. She is relegated to parking duty because she is a rabbit but soon finds herself running a valuable assignment in tracking down the fourteen missing predators. She coerces Nick, a tax-evading fox, to join forces and solve the mystery. Disney’s formulaic characterization of animals works wonders, again, and make this Academy award-winning film a pure treat to watch.


11. Snowpiercer (2013)

‘Snowpiercer’ is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about last survivors on planet earth. The remaining few are compelled to board a ship, which is their last resort. ‘Snowpiercer’s well-thought plot and atmospheric narrative compliment a talented cast that churns in endearing performances. Bong Joon-ho’s typically virtuoso directorial effort makes the film a complete entertainer.


10. Paradise (2012)

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After surviving a plane crash, a young woman (Julianne Hough) experiences the wild side of life in Las Vegas. While the premise does seem interesting on paper, its ineffectiveness on screen proves otherwise. Rushed, dumbed down, and lazily coordinated, the film isn’t one of the best out there but features another heart-warming turn out from Spencer.


9. The Divergent Series: Insurgents (2017)

‘Insurgents’ presents an interesting study of human nature discussed by great thinkers like Thomas Hobbes and Nicholas Machiavelli. The films’ background finds itself almost in the state of nature before any social or political consciousness in the citizens. Greed and the lust for control overpower reason and innate goodness in humans to wreak havoc on the world. Like any other franchise film, ‘Insurgents’ is formulaic, languid, dull, imaginative, and forcefully reluctant to deviate from the original plan to play on the moments its predecessor created.


8. The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

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Small, indie movies with unknown actors and directors are the best. The anonymity protects the real heart of the story at the core and provides a new and different experience to what you feel with mainstream cinema. It particularly works well in the case of ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’, though looking at the cast we can safely say it is “known”. Gilly is an outspoken, rebellious girl who lives in a foster home. Her incongruity with her surroundings forces her to seek her birth mother and stage an escape. Eventually, she and her foster guardian, Maime, come together and cherish a newfound respect for each other. The film does feel forced at times, but is saved by a cast that delivers their salt.


7. Fathers and Daughters (2015)

Dramas exploring family dynamics beyond the surface probably come closest to defining relatable, relist cinema. ‘Fathers and Daughters’ deals with a similar subject matter; a father’s mental breakdown after his wife’s tragic death causes long-term implications for his and his daughter’s lives. They must now work together to rectify their dire states. The drama is a winner with its performances; Russel Crowe personifies the excruciating anguish and melancholy his character feels and leaves you heart-broken and hollow in an outstanding performance; Amanda Seyfried finds her voice an artist and delivers a resounding character portrayal as the suffering daughter. The film loses its plot in the middle and drags itself to the end. Despite its flaws, it remains an evocative piece on loss and the suffering and opportunities it brings.

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