Seven Movies To Watch During A Night In

What could be better than a night at the movies? A home movie night! You get to see a great film while avoiding the high ticket prices, overpriced popcorn, soda-sticky floors, and rude seat neighbours that are so common at the movies. You don’t need much to have a good movie night, but you should anticipate an excellent movie! Your film decision will significantly impact the night as a whole, so choose wisely! But with so many choices available, how do you choose? You check out this excellent list of fantastic movies, of course! Here, you will find something for everyone. So, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your movie night.

Somebody I Used to Know

Alison Brie appears as workaholic TV producer Ally, who returns home after a huge professional failure in this new Amazon original romantic comedy-drama. Ally quickly questions everything about her life and actions up to this point, finding solace in reminiscing about her first love, Sean (Jay Ellis). Things get more tricky when Ally learns Sean is marrying Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons), who reminds her of her old self.

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog is a silent, cunning film that reveals itself in little, calculated doses. Jane Campion’s award-winning drama, set in 1920s Montana, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank, a harsh and angry cowboy who dislikes his brother’s (Jesse Plemmons) new wife, Rose (Kirsten Dunst). Likewise, her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) dislikes him, laying the groundwork for interesting, nuanced power maneuvers and dynamic shifts as the fractious new family strives to settle in together. Like all Campion films, the Power of the Dog has magnificent views and stunning glances into little moments of human vulnerability. Still, it’s also a tough, acidic film about tracking the waves of toxicity.

The Sea Beast

In a fictional world where oceanic leviathans menace humanity, those who hunt them down are celebrated as heroes. One such hero is Jacob Holland (voiced by Karl Urban), the adopted son of the legendary Captain Crowe, who is well on his way to establishing his own legacy as a monster hunter. But, unfortunately, this journey is disrupted by stowaway Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator), who has her own ambitions to take on the sea beasts. But, after an attempt to destroy the giant Red Bluster fails miserably, Jacob and Maisie are stuck on an island with each other and discover that the monsters may not be that awful after all.


Guillermo del Toro has never shied away from incorporating brutal truths of life and death into his youthful heroes’ adventures. Netflix’s latest Pinocchio adaptation, a work that brilliantly marries the filmmaker’s flair for dark fantasy with the equally strange fairy tale elements of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 The Adventures of Pinocchio. Like all good marriages, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio brings out the best in both parties. The stop-motion musical is an aesthetic accomplishment, imbuing Collodi’s beloved fairytale characters with personality and depth to produce a mature story about rebellion, and mortality, and parental love.


This Oscar candidate from 2016 remains one of the best sci-fi pictures of the last decade, starring Amy Adams and establishing director Denis Villeneuve as a significant artist. It follows Adam’s character, Louise Banks, a linguistics professor summoned by the US Army to decipher an extraterrestrial language as spaceships appear worldwide. It’s one of the most ostensibly realistic and comprehensive depictions of alien contact, with a profoundly emotional center that will undoubtedly have many viewers in tears by the film’s emotionally satisfying conclusion.

Julie & Julia

In this epic movie, Nora Ephron’s (the writer of many rom-com masterpieces) last, before her death, brings to life the lives of two women. It depicts the worlds of world-famous chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep), and a New York City journalist (Amy Adams) who sets out to prepare every recipe in Child’s cookbook in a year, documenting her trip on a popular blog.


Ajith Kumar plays Dark Devil, a brilliant criminal operative who infiltrates and takes control of a bank heist in progress. Thunivu is a fun crime thriller with a strong social message, exciting action sequences, and plenty to keep you guessing. It’s a fast-paced narrative with many twists, turns, and explosions. The real draw, however, is Ajith, who is impossibly magnetic in the starring role. He lights up the camera and the room in every single sequence, constantly smiling and in command. Ajith’s Dark Devil personifies “cool,” absolutely calm, and winning over everyone he can, even the audience.

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