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Party Like it's 1989!

It's 1989. The Internet has just come online and Tim Berners-Lee is going to invent the World Wide Web. The Cold War is ending, and the Berlin Wall will be coming down. It's also going to be a great year for film. In this assignment you're going to build a small webpage that showcases some of the most popular movies of 1989.

The data for this assignment comes from The Movie DB API.

Download and use this JSON file as your data source. Take a look a the structure of the data. It contains an array of objects that look like this:

"vote_count": 4300,
"id": 89,
"video": false,
"vote_average": 7.7,
"title": "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade",
"popularity": 18.43,
"poster_path": "/4p1N2Qrt8j0H8xMHMHvtRxv9weZ.jpg",
"original_language": "en",
"original_title": "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade",
"genre_ids": [12, 28],
"backdrop_path": "/vfvVuu1JdnEGcyZUj7VHrhhbeMj.jpg",
"adult": false,
"When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the power of eternal life.",
"release_date": "1989-05-24"

You'll notice that the poster images are just the file names. You can get the full URL to a poster by concatenating the path with the following base URL:

In this case:


  • Work with JSON data
  • Use create-react-app to build a React project
  • Understand and use React components
  • Understand and use "props" in React
  • Use to render a collection of components in React


You do not need to use the API for this assignment; you should use the supplied JSON file (see above).

Explorer Mode

  • "Mapping" over the array, render all of the films in the supplied data file.
  • You should have at least two components; App and Movie.
  • Render at least the title, poster image, and plot overview. Feel free to include other pieces of the data.
  • Try to capture an 1980's or early 90's aesthetic when you style your page. Have fun with it!

Adventure Mode

  • Sort the films by release date, rather than as they appear in the file.
  • Display the release date in a formatted manner, e.g. "May 24th", rather than 1989-05-24.

Epic Mode

  • Use the API to fetch the data and render it on the page, rather than the supplied JSON file.

This is the API end-point that supplied the data file for this project:

NOTE: You'll need to sign up for your own API key first.

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