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An Insider’s Guide to Your Perfect Summer Movie Night

Whether you’re planning a girl’s night in, a casual date night with your boyfriend or summer fling, or you just need an easy way to relax, these new DVD releases are the perfect complement to a quiet night on the couch. With the simple click of a remote, On Demand and Netflix now offer endless hours of movie entertainment at a fraction of movie-theatre prices. For a college girl on a tight budget, it’s the perfect solution to curing an inevitable case of summer boredom.

For the Romantic, No Strings Attached:
Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in your typical love story as a couple who try to keep their relationship strictly physical, we all know that it’s doomed to fail before the film even rolls. Let’s face it, this is your typical college romance with a slight twist… and it never hurts to stare at Ashton for a few hours, right?

For the Thrill-Seeker, The Adjustment Bureau:
Although I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, a little action and sci-fi goes a long way for those who sigh and yawn at yet another, predictable happily-ever-after. In this movie, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt turn a romance into an action-packed, mind-blowing drama centered on a mysterious force keeping them apart. Think modern-day Romeo and Juliet with a stab at fighting fate.

For the Tech-Savvy, The Social Network
I encourage you to log off your computer for a few hours and pay tribute to the journey of a social media favorite, Facebook. Do you remember when a profile referred to tangible paper documents in a file? How about a time when you couldn’t keep an eye on your ex-boyfriend without him seeing your car parked outside? This re-enactment is actually very compelling and will help you understand how the site came to be the most powerful social tool of our century.

For the Free-Spirit, Beastly
If Beauty and the Beast captured your heart back in elementary school or you can’t get enough of the Twilight series, this dramatic fairy-tale romance is right up your ally. Alex Pettyfer stars as a New York teen transformed into a hideous monster with a challenge to find true love… cue Vanessa Hudgens. Although the film may promise that “love is never ugly,” the road to getting there can get pretty messy.

For the Academic, The King’s Speech:
Now here’s a film that really pulled at my heartstrings. I’m talking full tears and emotional breakdown. Colin Firth exceeds all expectations to capture the difficult role of King George VI of Britain. The movie documents his ascension to the throne and his inspirational journey with a speech therapist and a massive case of self-doubt. If you are looking for something with a little history, emotion, drama and inspiration, this is definitely it.

For the Musician, Country Strong:

Who knew a few of Hollywood’s leading ladies had such great voices? Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester do co-star Tim McGraw proud in this inspirational drama/romance. As a rising country-music songwriter collaborates with a fallen star to work their way to fame, the movie includes several common country music themes and is sure to have you feeling free n’ easy.

For the Child-At-Heart, Tangled:

Time to admit that I never truly stopped appreciating a good Disney animation. In my book, it’s never too late to escape to a fairy-tale world with uplifting background music and a handsome prince charming on horseback- especially in the face of back-to-school drama and piles of homework. An updated version of Rapunzel, the voice of Mandy Moore is a girl who has spent her entire life in a tower, until a runaway thief stumbles on her home and threatens to discover who she really is. Prepare to be whistling show tunes and dreaming of talking animals… it’s just that good.

For the Sports-Fan, The Fighter:

Impress your guy with knock out sports knowledge and break out this movie that chronicles the early years of boxer ‘Irish’ Micky Ward and his brother who helped him train before going pro in the mid 80s. Eye-candy Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale pull of an inspirational sports movie with flair, as “every dream deserves a fighting chance.”

For the Comic, Just Go With It: Another must-see Adam Sandler hit. He teams up with Jennifer Aniston for a comedic Hawaii vacation. As a plastic surgeon convincing his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife, Sandler desperately tries to cover up for his lie to a much younger girlfriend. There are plenty of laughs, and maybe a few romantic twists, that will give your abs a workout and keep you on the edge of your seat at the same time.

Now, it’s time for you to pop the popcorn, crack open the bag of M&M’s and allow yourself to drift away to the endless possibilities of the movies.

By Meaghan O’Connor | Photo: weheartit.com

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