Winter Films for those Cold Nights

We know, it’s cold. But what’s a better cold-weather activity than sitting down, all cozy on the couch, or in a nice, dark theater to watch a movie? Not much. Some stellar films came out this holiday season, and there’s a ton of winter weather classics to keep you occupied and content when its cold and blustery outside.

Groundhog Day – 1993

Plum Creek, TX

Starring Bill Murray in his comedic prime, Groundhog Day is a winter classic that celebrates, or mocks, one of the season’s most iconic holidays. Murray plays an arrogant, self-obsessed weatherman, who, during a Groundhog Day assignment, finds himself reliving the most boring day of his life, over and over and over again. At first, he’s confused and upset, but after he’s relived the day a few times, he decides to take advantage of the situation. A funny, February classic that’s worth a watch before Punxsutawney Phil rears his furry head on February 2.

Ice Age – 2002

Plum Creek, TX

Set in the pre-historic days, Ice Age is an animated children’s film about, well, the ice age. Animals around the world are heading south to avoid the phenomenon, except a motley crew of soon-to-be friends – a sabertooth tiger, a clumsy sloth and an agitated wolly mammoth. They find a lost human infant on their journey up north, and they attempt to return him to his tribe. The movie’s a major laugh – for the young and old alike – which set in motion a series of three other hilarious children’s films.

Cool Runnings – 1993

Plum Creek, TX

Cool Runnings is loosely based on the true story of a Jamaican bobsled team’s debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada. An improbable and inspiring story, Cool Runnings is a great winter film, about overcoming obstacles, working hard and having faith in yourself.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004

Plum Creek, TX

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a romantic, science fiction film that uses a nonlinear narrative to tell the story of an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories. Since its release in 2004, Eternal Sunshine has developed a cult following, and it won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film stars Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood and a uncharacteristically serious Jim Carrey. A definite winter must-see.

Zero Dark Thirty – 2012

Plum Creek, TX

Zero Dark Thirty is a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. It was released in December to wide critical acclaim, and has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. It’s one of the many amazing films to put on your to-watch list before the Academy Awards in February.

For a complete list of Oscar nominated films, visit the official Academy Awards website soon, so you can catch some of the winter releases while they’re still in theater before the awards.