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5 Films to Stream This Weekend

Don’t go out in the cold if you don’t have to! Fire up your favorite streaming service and press play for one of these movies.

By now “Netflix and Chill” has solidly entered into the American vernacular. Long gone are the days of driving to the local video rental store to pick out the perfect title to watch over pizza and popcorn with family on a Friday night. This can be very handy if you don’t want to brave the Chicagoland chill that’s still hanging on in late February, but it makes it harder to decide on the flick you want to watch that night since there are so many options. This time let us help you decide, or at least provide inspiration, with one of these five options! Do you have other suggestions? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and let us know!

Sweet Home Alabama

Before she started spending more time behind the camera producing hits like Gone Girl and advocating for children’s and women’s organizations, Reese Witherspoon was an acting force to be reckoned with (note: she still is a fantastic actor, just not as active in front of the camera). The year after she starred in the highly acclaimed Legally Blonde, she gave us the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama. The film is the classic tale of girl moves away from Alabama to make a name for herself in New York, resentfully comes back home years later, and unwillingly reconnects with her childhood sweetheart (and still husband despite serving divorce papers). This film is perfect for a date night, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

Where to Stream:

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

Casablanca

Speaking of classic romantic films, Casablanca is the epitome of classic romantic dramas. Even if you’ve never seen the full film, it’s almost certain that you’ve heard the quotes, seen some of the scenes, or at least have seen the tropes that it started. From the quotes “here’s looking at you, kid” and “round up the usual suspects”, the A-list cast of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and other established stars and writers made Casablanca exceed expectations, winning several awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture. Set in the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca during WWII, the 1942 film tells the story of an American expatriate who has to choose between his love and helping her husband escape and continue to fight Nazis. It is a true classic that anyone who appreciates film should see.

Where to Stream:

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

Star Wars

If you don’t know the basic plot of the Star Wars franchise by now, you’ve been living completely under a rock for the past 40 years. The original trilogy was released in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and quickly became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. The subsequent prequel trilogy, released in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, was met with mixed reactions, but by then even Episode I: The Phantom Menace couldn’t squelch the Star Wars hype. By releasing a new round of films every 10 years or so, George Lucas and his team ensure that each generation can fall in love with the franchise all over again.

Where to Stream:

Varies depending on which film you want to watch.

The Avengers

In 2012 the 6th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally brought together all the superheroes we’d seen in previous MCU films into one epic story. Taking the already-established backstories of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America, and adding the characters of Black Widow and Hawkeye, the team dubbed as The Avengers take on their first challenge as a group, stopping Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. The star-studded cast took the already-popular franchise to the next level, and with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes paved the way to the numerous MCU films since released to high acclaim.

Where to Stream:

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

Step Brothers

It’s hard to believe that Step Brothers is over 10 years old. The comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly take the comedy duo’s success of Talladega Nights and puts them in another utterly ridiculous scenario (this time of two grown man-childs still living with their parents). While the film did receive mixed reviews from critics, if you’re a fan of Farrell or Reilly and their style of humor, this should be right up your alley.

Where to Stream:

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

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