Snow Day Binge Watch: Our Team’s Recommendations
Another winter storm is on the way. If you’re stuck at home this weekend, check out our team’s recommendations for a snow day binge watch!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
In this 1977 Stephen Spielberg sci-fi classic, Roy Neary, an electric lineman, witnesses an unidentified flying object; he even gets a “sunburn” from its bright lights. Roy refuses to accept the explanation for what he saw and turns upside down to pursue the truth about UFOs.
A failing (and soon to call it quits) punk rock band gets an unexpected booking at an isolated club, which turns out to be a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. The seemingly third-rate gig quickly turns into a violent and sinister act they were never meant to see. A frightening gang of skinheads then targets the punk rockers to ensure that all the evidence is eliminated….
Julie & Julia
Julie Powell a frustrated NYC writer in a soulless job, decides to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ famous cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Julie’s true story is interwoven with that of Julia Child. Both women, learn that with the perfect combination of passion, bravery (and butter), they can do anything.
Cleo is a servant in a very wealthy family household in Roma, Mexico. She is very loved by the family and she herself loves the family very much. She does her job well and stays out of the way when controversy arrives within the family. Cleo’s life changes when she finds out she is pregnant with her friend’s cousin’s baby. The family decides to support her out in her journey of motherhood because the father of the baby disappears.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
A Coen Brothers movie that will make you think twice about watching movies directed by anyone else. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is set post-Civil War and tells the tales of six lively fellows who live on the frontier: a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, an impresario, an old prospector, a wagon train and a pair of bounty hunters. Watch each of the six tales to determine your favorite of the wildly impressionable characters.
Attempting to overcome his writer’s block, Jack takes a job at an isolated resort in Colorado. He suddenly regrets the decision of both taking his family and job at the Overlook Hotel when he realizes that they aren’t the only ones there. Be sure you have someone by your side for this thriller!
Heading home for a much-needed vacation after working in brutal Alaskan weather for five weeks at an oil refinery, a group of workers finds themselves struggling to stay alive after their plane crashes. Sharpshooter John Ottway leads eight workers in brutal conditions to fight not only their way back home but also a group of hungry wolves. The Grey will certainly give you the chills.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Everyone has had that one special crush but what would you do if your little sister sent your secret love letters to five of your crushes from the past.? Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down when this happens to her. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about love and truth so maybe you’ll want to snuggle up to that special someone in your life and reminisce on how you all fell in love.
Imagine having to face your worst fear, in BirdBox that’s the case. Open your eyes and you die. To make sure this doesn’t happen, a mother and her kids make a journey blindfolded to a place that will protect them from their worst fears. Felicia highly recommends watching BirdBox to see if they’ll be able to make the long journey without being able to see what is in front of them.
Amélie, a shy and naive Parisian waitress in this French romantic comedy, finds a lost treasure belonging to the previous occupant of her apartment. When she returns and sees his reaction, Amélie decides to devote her life to orchestrating the lives of the people around her. Undertaking these escapades, she learns that she is disregarding her own life and quest for true love.
The Big Lebowski
If you like your movies with a kidnapping, ransom money, a porno king, a reclusive millionaire, a runaway, the police, and of course, a woman who paints in the nude while strapped to an overhead harness, this movie is for you. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, shares a name with a millionaire. He is seeking restitution for a ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help him get it. Bowling fans will especially love this movie!
Benny & Joon
Benny runs a small car repair shop and looks after his mentally ill sister Juniper, or Joon. After losing a bet, Benny has to bring Sam, the cousin of a friend and another eccentric, into his house: Sam, not one for conversation, expresses himself by performing Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton routines. Sam and Joon immediately connect and soon fall deeply in love, while Benny for the first time in life experiences the having to share his sister.
Based on a New York Times bestseller of the same name, Wonder is the uplifting story of August (Augie) Pullman. Augie was born with significant facial deformities that have kept him from attending mainstream school — until now. He enters the local fifth grade and soon is the most unlikely of heroes. The story shows how Augie’s struggles unite those around him and proves that it’s not easy to blend in when you were born to stand out.
Leaving Las Vegas
Alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter Ben Sanderson has lost everything as a result of his addiction. He decides to drink himself to a slow death in Las Vegas. There, Ben meets the beautiful prostitute Sera, they strike up an unusual yet deep relationship — one in which they can’t ask each other to stop their destructive ways but rather support each other. Ben’s self-destruction; however, may just be stronger than their bond.
Raised by her aunt after her parents’ death, Jane Eyre is shipped off to boarding school, where she suffers under the strict and cold administration. Upon completing her education, the mousy Jane begins work as a governess for Adle Varens, the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester. Soon, young Adle takes a liking to Jane, and upon returning home, Rochester also falls under her spell. On what was supposed to be the happiest day of Jane’s life, however, a scandalous secret is revealed…
The six Angulo sibling have been locked away from the outside world in a Lower East Side apartment. Watching movies is their only glimpse into the outside world. For entertainment, they watch and recreate these movies, making their own props and costumes. This hobby has worked well for them until one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.
An Ordinary Man
An infamous war criminal, The General, lives his life on the run from international authorities. He suddenly moves to a new hiding place, where he develops an unlikely relationship with his maid. The maid is actually an agent hired to protect him and when he uncovers this news, he makes a decision that drastically changes things.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
In this 1994 Australian comedy-drama, drag queen Anthony agrees to take his unique cabaret act on the road. He invites fellow cross-dresser Adam and transsexual Bernadette to join him. The three performers travel across the Australian desert in their colorful bus, Priscilla, performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals alike. When Adam and Bernadette learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act, but also their special friendship.
Girlfriends of Christmas Past
Three strong-willed women join forces to seek the ultimate revenge on their mutual cheating ex at his upcoming holiday retreat. In the process, lovestruck event planner Livvy meets Carter, the ex’s charming colleague organizing the retreat. Livvy is wondering if she can set aside their revenge scheme, find forgiveness, and let a new holiday romance bloom.
The Monuments Men
In the midst of WWII, a small group of art experts is commissioned as soldiers by Roosevelt and sent to the European theater to protect historically important buildings and monuments. They are also charged with located vast troves of priceless art looted by the Nazis. Discovering art in castles and mines, they race against time as the Nazis scramble to destroy everything they can.
Tidying up with Marie Kondo
World-renowned tidying expert, Marie Kondo, is inspiring home makeovers one mess at a time. Her method is simple: we only keep the material things that spark joy. Marie does a wonderful job of bringing peace to people’s homes while decluttering. Jordan’s a big fan!
Talk about a series keeping you on the edge of your seat. This romantic thriller keeps you guessing at every turn. Looking for love, You’s main character, Joe, finds it as Guinevere Beck (“Beck”) enters his New York City bookstore. He quickly falls for her and arranges things so that she falls for him as well. Things take a sinister turn when Joe does anything it takes to ensure no one will get in his way. Felicia can’t stop talking about this series!
DCI John Luther is a genius but impulsive detective, tormented by humanity’s darkness. While pursuing murderers, he is inevitably drawn into often dangerous psychological battles between the hunter and the hunted. Felicia is a huge fan of this BBC series.
In this Amazon sci-fi thriller Sarah, an orphan who is a bit of an outsider, witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. Sarah’s life then changes drastically when she decides to clear out the dead woman’s bank account in hopes of solving her own problems. Felicia reports that quite the opposite happens….and the BBC did not let us down!
The Man in the High Castle
Jamyn loves this miniseries is based on a 1962 book in which World War II turned out differently and America is divided into parts, dominated by Nazi Germany with Hitler still alive and Imperial Japan. Main character Juliana discovers a mysterious film that shows a very different world. She believes the films contain the key to freedom and is determined to find their mysterious guardian and that may be the answer to toppling the totalitarian regimes.
The Marvelous Miss Maisel
Set in New York in the 1950s, Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she ever dreamed of — the perfect husband and family and an elegant Upper West Side apartment. Midge then discovers she has quite the talent for stand-up comedy, which dramatically changes her life. She becomes a fixture of Greenwich Village cafes and nightclubs and finds herself on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. Sara highly recommends this Amazon series!
Based on a series of best-selling novels by Michael Connelly, an LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch becomes involved in a cold case of a missing boy– while in the midst of standing trial for the fatal shooting of a serial murder suspect. A daring recruit catches Bosch’s eye and LAPD politics heat up, while Bosch pursues justice at any cost.
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