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Three movies to watch while being snowed in

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With Winter is full swing, one can usually count on a few snow storms to hit the Philadelphia area. So far, this year has been no exception. Instead of lacing up those snow boots, scraping off the car, and venturing out into the freezing cold, how about hunkering down with some snow themed movies instead? Here is a list of three movies that are perfect to watch while being snowed in.

1. The Shining- "Here's Johnny!" Released in 1980 and directed by film mastermind Stanley Kubrick, "The Shining" is about a family who visits an isolated hotel for the Winter. When an evil spirit drives the father to violence, his son starts to have disturbing visions from the past and the future. Why can't they just leave the hotel? You guessed it, they're all snowed in. Jack Nicholson is brilliant as the deranged writer Jack Torrance. The entire film is also shrouded in symbolism, with theories galore about what it all means.

2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Based on a novel, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was first made as a Swedish film in 2009, and later as an American film in 2011. The American version was directed by David Fincher and stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist in search of a woman who has been missing for forty years. He is assisted by Lisbeth Salander, an eccentric computer hacker played by Rooney Mara. The films tagline is "What is hidden in the snow comes forth in the thaw." While watching, you'll be glad that your nice and warm at home.

3. Fargo- Before they made "True Grit" or "No Country for Old Men", the Coen brothers explored murder and greed in "Fargo". Set in snowy Minnesota, William H. Macy plays a car salesman family man named Jerry Lundegaard. Due to financial issues, Jerry hires two criminals to kidnap his wife in an attempt to conn his rich father-in-law into giving him money. The white snow is the perfect backdrop for this grizzly murder story, including a particularly gruesome scene involving a wood chipper.

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