The 10 Best Movies To Watch After A Bad Day

The 10 Best Movies To Watch After A Bad Day

Sometimes you just need a good pick me up movie to make your day a bit brighter.

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Whether you had a bad day at work, are having a crappy mental health day, or are having relationship problems, here are 10 movies that will put a smile on your face. Find a comfy blanket, some popcorn, and let movie night commence!

1. Zootopia

This is by far one of my favorite animated movies from the past few years. Judy Hopps's positivity is sure to lift your spirits and give you a much needed boost after a rough day.

2. Juno

Ellen Page and Michael Cera are a dynamic duo full of awkwardness, love, and humor. This movie is one I'll never get tired of watching.

3. Bridesmaids

Having a fight with your best friend? Love life going down the drain? Bridesmaids is full of laughs and hope. And hey, at least you're not vomiting in the fanciest bridal store in town, right?

4. Silver Linings Playbook

This movie is great for anyone having a bad mental health day. Although it's more serious than others on this list, it tells a beautiful story that is sure to provide a smile or two.

5. To The Bone

*Trigger warning: This movie is about eating disorders and is set in an inpatient care facility*

This Netflix movie follows Ellen (Eli) as she struggles to recover from an eating disorder and is always one I come back to on days when I need to be reminded I am more than my mental illnesses.

6. Mamma Mia

Meryl Streep. Abba. Greek islands. Need I say more?

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The perfect movie for the daydreamer in all of us who may be stuck in a rut right now.

8. It's a Wonderful Life

This classic movie is sure to put a smile on your face and help you remember your worth.

9. 13 Going on 30

Classic 80's throwbacks? Check. Unrequited love? Check. Jennifer Garner acting like a 13 year old? Check. I'm not a huge rom-com person but this movie is one I'll make an exception for.

10. The Pursuit of Happiness

This movie will make you cry and laugh at the same time. It's the perfect reminder to work hard and to keep moving forward, and the fact that it's based off of a true story makes it even better.

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18 Tear-Jerking Movies Guaranteed To Make You Ugly Cry

Get the tissues ready.
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We all need a good cry every once in a while. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes you're just in the mood to shed a few tears and eat a carton of Ben and Jerry's even though there's nothing going wrong in your life. Other times, everything's turning to sh*it and you need something to relate to. These 18 tear-jerking movies are perfect for when you just need a good cry.

1. A Walk To Remember (2002)

The classic story of a good girl falling for a bad boy takes a twist when the health of one of them takes a turn for the worse. Guaranteed to make you ugly-cry.

2. The Last Song (2010)

Back in Miley Cyrus's prime, she plays a teenage girl who finds herself miserable when living with her brother and father for a summer. Not before long, she falls for a guy who helps her through when tragedy strikes her family.

3. Miracles From Heaven (2016)

After a young girl is diagnosed with a terminal illness, this movie follows the family through their heart-breaking journey, which takes a turn when she falls from a tree one day. Based on a true story, which just makes you cry harder.

4. Remember Me (2010)

Troubled bad boy Tyler (Robert Pattinson) falls for a good girl who starts to change him. However, his relationship with his dad is rocky and challenges continue to threaten his happiness.

5. The Titanic (1997)

This classic story of Jack and Rose's forbidden love will have you in tears from the very beginning.

6. Dear John (2010)

This love story between a young soldier and a college student grows increasingly difficult over his years of deployment. Follow their relationship through letter correspondence and make sure to have plenty of tissues ready.

7. Marley and Me (2008)

Marley the adopted dog changes a family's lives for the better. Whether you're a dog person or not, this movie will have you bawling like a baby.

8. My Girl (1991)

Eleven-year-old Veda Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) has had a pretty tough life in her short time on earth. Her young teen years are an emotional rollercoaster, but they're made easier by her best friend, a young boy who is allergic to everything. The movie follows the growth of their friendship.

9. P.S. I Love You (2007)

After losing her husband to an illness, Holly (Hilary Swank) begins receiving letters he had previously written to make the grieving process easier.

10. Up (2009)

A little boy named Russell finds himself apart of a 78-year-old balloon salesman's lifelong dream of flying away with balloons tied to his house. At first, the two don't get along at all. But, as they learn more about each other, they develop a special bond.

11. The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

Two teens fall in love after meeting in their cancer-support group. Their relationship is fueled by an adventure they take together to meet their favorite author with the time they have left.

12. My Sisters Keeper (2009)

After being born solely as a means to save her sister, young Anna has given all she has to keep her alive. The selfish decision of the girls' parents has ripped the lives of their family apart and Anna reaches her breaking point.

13. We Are Marshall (2006)

When there is fatal plane crash involving Marshall University's football team, the school and surrounding community reel from the disaster. A new coach arrives afterward with the goal of rebuilding the team and entire community.

14. Me Before You (2016)

After becoming a caregiver for a paralyzed man, Louisa (Emilia Clarke) begins to fall for her patient. Their relationship develops and the two are faced with an impossible decision that teaches us a lot about love.

15. Inside Out (2015)

This Disney Pixar animated movie about a young girls emotions leading her through a life-changing move. This movie will make you laugh and cry, teaching you about the importance of emotions and how they interact when life gets hard.

16. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

This movie follows the life of a struggling father as he tries to create a better life full of happiness and success for him and his young son.

17. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)

This movie follows the story of a young boy whose father has become a commandant at a concentration camp during World War II. He befriends a young Jewish boy that lives inside of the camp. This movie showcases the harsh realities of the Holocaust while highlighting the pure nature of children.

18. Southpaw (2015)

Successful boxing champion loses everything when a tragedy strikes. After hitting rock bottom, he begins working out with a former fighter who trains amateur boxers. In hopes to reclaim normalcy, he enters the fight of his life.

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'John Wick 3: Parabellum' Is A Hilariously Awesome Ride

"Parabellum" ratchets up the action and provides a good, albeit hilariously fun story in the world of hitmen.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "John Wick 3: Parabellum."

The "John Wick" series has been one that is known for action, witty banter, cool music, and an interesting fictional take on the underground hitman community. I was particularly excited for the new installment of the franchise entitled "John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum" because the previous chapter left a lot of untold. "Parabellum" turns up the dial on ridiculous action that makes it even more fun than the last.

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"Parabellum" returns director Chad Stahelski, and star Keanu Reeves in the title role, followed by Halle Berry, Ian McShane, and Laurence Fishburne. Reeves is again spectacular after revitalizing his career in the first "John Wick" film, doing almost all of his own stunts, which assuredly take hours of choreography. Not only that, but the choreography looks incredibly natural and not at all rehearsed. This is what has made the "John Wick" film so enjoyable.

Regarding the writing, "Parabellum's" arc is nothing special, but certainly serviceable for a film like this. After being "excommunicado'd" by the hitman union (???), Wick is on a race against time to earn his spot back in the hitman community. In his quest to reach the "High Table", Wick encounters many hitmen trying to take the $14 million dollar bounty on his head. Chaos obviously ensues, and it makes for some great "eye candy" that is enjoyed well with popcorn and a tall soda.

These movies are so action-packed and filled with witty banter that one can certainly overlook all of the plot holes in the writing. The overarching story is much more important and overshadows any minor details that one could pay attention to. It is clear that the writers have mastered how to write well enough to make the action front and center, but still make everything coherent. I would go as far as to say that about 80% of this film is pure action, and I loved every second of it.

Thankfully, "Parabellum" ends on an unresolved note, which means we will certainly see more of our favorite, dog-owning hitman. "Parabellum" is much more of the same that we have come to expect from the "Wick" series, and longtime fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.

Rating: 8.2/10

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