There's nothing we love more when the temperature drops, than snuggling up on the sofa in our favourite pyjamas and discovering a new film.
We've hand-picked our top movies to stay in and watch and this winter, we've added them into our gift sets - perfect for your movie-obsessed friends or relatives!
Here's a brief synopsis (and for some, the official trailor!) of 10 films to help you decide which to watch first...
It is the summer of 1980 in the German Democratic Republic and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to wait patiently. Until Andre, her supervisor in the hospital, takes her off course. The day-to-day pretence and content supervision slowly take their toll as the tension builds.
The Page Turner
An acclaimed and emotionally taut thriller, The Page Turner follows Mélanie, a young woman whose love of music turns in a passion for revenge. Self-possessed and coolly calculating, Melanie finds work as the personal page turner of the well-known concert pianist Ariane Foucherot. But Mélanie secretly holds a terrible grudge against her new employer, based on a thoughtless incident from the past that thwarted her own musical ambitions. Having patiently bided her time for ten long years, she at last prepares to exact her chilling revenge.
When Juno, a teenager with all the answers, finds out she's pregnant to her classmate Bleeker, she soon realises she has to ask for help from family and friends. Luckily, she enlists the help of her best friend Leah in trying to find a couple to adopt her unborn child, while her understanding parents provide the support she needs to help her through some tough times. In this upbeat coming-of-age story, Juno finds herself having to face some serious adult decisions while trying to figure out her place in the world.
(500) Days of Summer
This offbeat romantic comedy chronicles 500 days in the on/off relationship of Summer and Tom, accompanied by great indie-pop infused soundtrack. While Summer steadfastly refuses to believe in true love, asserting that real life will always get in the way in the end, Tom has thrown caution to the wind and fallen hook, line and sinker in love with her. Racing from romantic and fun to crushingly desperate and sad, the “dramedy” follows their story through a series of out-of-order flashbacks and music video like moments.
The Lives of Others
Set in East Berlin prior to the fall of the communist government, this deeply moving story unfolds mostly through the eyes of a secret service agent (Captain Gerd Weiser) who's been given the task of spying on an artistic couple who've attracted the attention of the Minister of Culture. As he becomes more and more submerged in their lives, Weiser's own attitudes to life, politics and the state begin to change, and it's not long before he finds himself in a dangerous situation.
Amelie Poulain has led a sheltered life - educated at home by over-protective parents, she retreats into a fantasy world of her own. When she finally leaves home life is pretty uneventful until a chain of extraordinary events leads her to the discovery of a tin box containing a schoolboys long forgotten mementos. It is then that Amelie discovers her true vocation in life helping others find love and happiness which she sets about in her own unique and magical way.
A romantic drama where a tragic accident brings two people together. Joachim and Cecilie are madly in love and plan to marry. Joachim is left paralyzed from the neck down following an accident. Marie, the woman responsible for the accident, asks her doctor husband, Niels to take care of Cecilie. It doesn't take long before Cecilie and Niels are lovers and have to deal with the guilt they feel towards the partners they said they would not leave.
Drive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, he fights to can keep Irene and her son alive.
From the highly acclaimed Coen brothers Intolerable Cruelty sees George Clooney as Miles Massey, a divorce lawyer who always wins his case until he comes head to head with the scheming, money-grabbing, yet alluring, Mrs Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Miles and Marilyn each embark on their own ruthless romantic missions to outdo one another and amass great wealth. Sparks fly in this battle-of-the-sexes comedy.
The Sea Inside
A psychological drama about Ramon Sampedro (Javier Bardam) a Galician who broke his neck as a young man and has spent more than 25 years as a quadriplegic. While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramon sees his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. His decision results in controversy throughout Spain as well as in his own house.
If none of these take your fancy, we've recommended lots of other films in our Page & Screen category of the hush blog!