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5 Films Perfect for a Movie Night

Fight the last few weeks of winter blues with a movie night featuring one of these 5 films.

There’s no argument that this winter was one of the most brutal in recent memory. Between the polar vortex and the late season snow, it may seem like spring will never get here. Thankfully the end is in sight! In just a few weeks spring will be here and (hopefully) bring warmer weather with it. In the meantime, if you’ve already organized your apartment show off your newly-cleaned place and invite some friends over for a movie night! Check out one of our suggestions below, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and let us know your go-to films!

The Great Gatsby

This 2013 film is based on the popular 1925 novel of the same name. In case you didn’t have to read the book in high school, or if it’s been a while and the details are fuzzy, The Great Gatsby tells the story of an eclectic business magnate who often holds extravagant parties and is in love with a married woman. The film received mixed-to-average reviews, but it was nominated for numerous awards and won several of them.

Where to Stream:

Starz, YouTube (from $3.99), Vudu (from $3.99), iTunes (from $3.99), Google Play Movies & TV (from $3.99)

The Dark Knight

Hailed as one of the best films of its decade and one of the best superhero films of all time, The Dark Night is the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night Trilogy. Nolan pulled inspiration from several graphic novels including the Joker’s debut and Two-Face’s origin. The film received numerous award nomination and Heath Ledger posthumously made almost a complete sweep of over 20 awards for acting. Some critics go as far as crediting the film to paving the way for other comic book franchises such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Where to Stream:

Netflix, YouTube (from $3.99), iTunes (from $3.99), Google Play Movies & TV (from $3.99), Vudu (from $3.99)

Forrest Gump

Though it does differ substantially, the 1994 comedy-drama Forrest Gump is loosely based on the 1986 novel of the same name. The film was a massive success in the box office, becoming the top-grossing film in North America that was released that year, as well as with critics, winning several Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. The film is a fictional autobiography of sorts, told from the perspective of the title character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted native Alabaman who witnesses and inadvertently influences several important historical events in the 20th Century.

Where to Stream:

YouTube (from $2.99), Amazon Prime Video (from $2.99), Google Play Movies & TV (from $2.99), iTunes (from $3.99), Vudu (from $3.99)

North by Northwest

Considered one of the greatest films of all time, North by Northwest is a 1959 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is a classic case of mistaken identity, before the trope was fully developed. Pursued by a ruthless spy, New York City ad executive Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent and is forced to go on a cross-country journey for his life. Though it didn’t win any of the three Academy Awards it was nominated for, in 1995 it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the U.S. Library of Congress for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Where to Stream:

YouTube (from $3.99), from iTunes (from $3.99), Google Play Movies & TV (from $3.99), Vudu (from $3.99)

The Age of Adeline

Though it received mixed reviews from critics, The Age of Adeline is praised for its increase in quality midway through as well as the performances by both Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. It tells the story of a woman, Adaline, who stopped aging at the age of 29 due to an accident. Forced to hide her secret and change her identity every decade or so, she eventually out ages her daughter and is resolved to live a lonely life. It is unique in that the filmmakers stayed true to the flashback scenes, using anamorphic lenses and minimal use of Steadicams to provide authenticity.

Where to Stream:

Amazon Prime Video (from $2.99), YouTube (from $3.99), Google Play Movies & TV (from $3.99), Vudu (from $3.99), from iTunes (from $5.99)   

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