Topic: Movies



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Movies. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

sappy melodramatic
e.g. I found the romantic movie very touching, but my boyfriend said it was very sappy.
sequel a movie that continues the story/theme of a previous film
e.g. The first movie was a hit, but the sequel bombed.
bombed failed
e.g. The first movie was a hit, but the sequel bombed.
twist unexpected turn of events
e.g. The completely implausible twist at the end ruined it.
left something to be desired not very good; you wish it was better
e.g. The special effects were breathtaking, but the acting left something to be desired.
trailer a 2-3 minute video summary of the movie
e.g. Have you seen the trailer for the final part of the trilogy?
trilogy a series of 3 movies (like Lord of the Rings)
e.g. Have you seen the trailer for the final part of the trilogy?
subtitle the written words on the bottom of the screen
e.g. I have a hard time understanding the dialogue without subtitles.
remake a new version of an old movie
e.g. To be honest, I liked the remake better than the original – the cast was much stronger
hard to follow difficult to understand or confusing as you were watching the movie
e.g. Although the premise was intriguing, the plot was complex and hard to follow.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you enjoy watching movies?
  2. What’s your favorite film?
  3. Who are your favorite actors?
  4. How often do you watch films?
  5. When was the last time you went to a movie theater?
  6. Do you like horror movies? Why or why not?
  7. What’s the worst movie you have seen recently?
  8. If you had to pick any character in a book, movie or TV show who is most similar to you, who would you choose? Why?
  9. What’s your favorite genre of movie?
  10. Steven Spielberg said, “Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.” Do you agree? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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