With intermittent rains and colder temperatures this week, don't forget about the one entertainment venue that always offers a short escape from the daily grind, a date night locale or a fun family outing: the movie theater.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has excited masses of moviegoers, but don't let 2016's first blockbuster keep you from checking out these five films that offer something a little different:
-- "The Revenant," set in the 1800s and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, tells the story of Hugh Glass and his seemingly impossible survival following a bear attack. Already abuzz in Oscar talks, "The Revenant" promises to be a brutal story of endurance and masculinity, so don't miss the chance to see what may -- finally -- be Leo's moment to take home the Best Actor in a Leading Role Award.
-- If horror movies are more your preferred genre, "The Forest," starring Natalie Dormer from "Game of Thrones," is sure to frighten and intrigue those familiar with Japan's infamous Aokigahara Forest.
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-- Quentin Tarantino has a loyal and dedicated fanbase, so "The Hateful Eight," his newest release featuring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, will likely be a success. But even if you're not attracted to Tarantino's frequent use of satire and violence, this post-Civil War tale of a bounty hunter and his prisoner will appeal to those who enjoyed "Django Unchained" and "Inglourious Basterds."
-- Though critics and consumers aren't offering overwhelmingly positive praise for "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role, it's still worth seeing. Unsurprisingly, Lawrence offers a stellar performance, but the movie is a simple rags-to-riches tale about the inventor of the Miracle Mop. You may be surprised by the story of a strong woman with powerful ambitions.
-- Most of the time, you can't go wrong with a Disney and dinosaur combo, so give the little ones an opportunity to experience the excitement of the theater and bring them to catch "The Good Dinosaur." It's a fun, fantastical adventure that explores what life would be like if dinosaurs never became extinct.
Take the weather in stride this week and enjoy a movie date with friends, family or just yourself.