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5 Movies to Rent this Winter

Posted by: Mira Roberts

The winter months make for perfect movie nights, cozied up indoors with a bowl of popcorn and last year's most notable movies on your screen. Awards season kicks into high gear in winter, and by now, most of last year's best movies are available for rent. If you prefer to catch your favorite flicks from the comfort of your own couch, you're in good luck! Great movies are coming to the small screen, now.

Whether you prefer an upbeat, heart-warming comedy-drama (Florence Foster Jenkins), a touching animated movie starring Ellen Degeneres (Finding Dory) or to have your heart strings pulled on with an incredibly heartbreaking story and script (Manchester By the Sea), it's a great time to gather a few loved ones or neighbors and indulge your need for screen time.

Here are 5 movies we recommend you rent this winter. Stock up on popcorn, pour a warm cup of cocoa and settle in for 6 more weeks of perfect movie watching conditions. Enjoy!

Florence Foster Jenkins
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant star in this hilarious, touching film based on a true story. Meryl Streep is Madame Florence, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Supported by Hugh Grant's character, her husband, St. Clair Bayfield, Florence sets out to achieve her dreams, no matter how much of her reputation she may risk. Fun loving, warm and inspiring, you'll chase winter blues right away after watching this film.

Tom Hanks stars in this compelling, intense and somehow heart-warming film directed by Clint Eastwood and based on a true story. Based on Chesley Sullenberger's heroic airplane landing in the middle of the Hudson River after engine failure, this film details the events of January 15th, 2009, when "Sully" managed to save the lives of every single passenger during the "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing.

Finding Dory
While this movie seems made for the little ones in your life, we think you'll enjoy every heartwarming, touching and inspiring moment in this animated film from Disney's Pixar, starring Ellen Degeneres. The sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory takes us on a journey with Dory, a blue tang fish who suffers from short term memory loss, as she searches for her long lost parents. Dory and her friends discover that they can do anything when they stick together, and that family is more than just the people (or fish) you're related to. 

Starring Natalie Portmann as Jackie Kennedy, and available for rent in early March, this film details the story of Jackie Kennedy's life just days after her husband's tragic assassination. Heart wrenching, sad and still inspiring, this film has received academy award nominations and is a must-watch.

Manchester By the Sea
Another Oscar contender, Manchester By the Sea comes out on DVD at the end of February and tells the heartwrenching story of an uncle being asked to care for his nephew after his brother's unexpected death. Starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, this movie is a tearjerker, but will be worth the extra tissues.


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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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