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I live in Orange. It’s a regional city in New South Wales which is famous for three things: we have more cafes than people, we have more vineyards than cafes, and our winters are perfectly awful--just a little too brutal for comfort, but not quite brutal enough for the perk of regular snow.

I’ve lived here for 13 years now. That means I’m still a decade or more away from being considered ‘a local’, but I’ve been here long enough to know a thing or two about hibernation. When it’s midday and the temperature hasn’t quite hit 3 degrees, there’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch for a movie marathon. Here’s my recommendation for some movies to enjoy when the weather is woeful wherever you are.

1)     Any of the Harry Potter movies

…or if you have a whole weekend to kill, all of them. It probably almost goes without saying by now that the HP movies are the perfect couch potato fare anytime, anywhere.

See all things Harry Potter here.
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2)     Love Actually

I generally don’t watch Christmas-themed anything except for right before Christmas, but given this is Australia and ‘right before Christmas’ means the roads are melting outside, there’s something nice about watching this wintery favourite when it’s actually cold!!

Watch Trailer here
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3)     Rock of Ages

This is one of those ‘so bad, it’s good’ movies.  I’m a sucker for musicals and this one is fantastically trashy. It’s a star-studded romp through the best of 80’s fashion and rock, so you can forget about the cold outside and sing along with songs you already know.

Watch Trailer here
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4)     Coco

You can watch this one the kids. They don’t even have to know you’ll enjoy it as much as they will, if not more. It’s a beautiful, beautiful movie, just make sure you have the tissues on hand.

Watch Trailer here
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5)     About Time

This romantic comedy is so underrated!! It’s a little bit of silly, and a whole lot of sweet – and isn’t that exactly what you want from a movie on a miserable winter afternoon?

Watch Trailer here
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  • Before I Let You Go - Kelly Rimmer

    As children, Lexie and Annie were incredibly close. Bonded by the death of their beloved father, they weathered the storms of life together. When Lexie leaves home to follow her dream, Annie is forced to turn to her leather-bound journal as the only place she can confide her deepest secrets and fears... As adults, sisters Lexie and Annie could not be more different. Lexie is a successful doctor and happily engaged. Annie is an addict - a thief, a liar and unable to remain clean. When Annie's newborn baby is in danger of being placed in foster care, Annie picks up the phone to beg her sister for help. Will Lexie agree to take in her young niece? And how will Annie survive, losing the only thing in her life worth living for?

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