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7 movies you'll definitely want to watch if you're staying in on New Year's Eve.

If you’re an introvert, the thought of going out on New Year’s Eve represents a special kind of hell.

There’s the crowds of people… the lines of people… the hours upon hours that you have to spend with said people pretending you’re having a bloody marvelous time when you really just want to go home to your couch.

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So this year, why not cut out the middle man and stay the heck home and finally give yourself – and your couch – the New Year’s Eve you’ve always dreamed of?

To help you out, I’ve rounded up seven of the best movies you could be watching alone on the couch, while everyone else is lining up for an $18 vodka cruiser.

There’s a lil’ something for everyone:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is based on the 2014 young adult novel of the same name.

The movie follows half-Korean, half-Caucasian high schooler Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor).

Lara Jean lives with her widowed hot dad Dan (John Corbett), her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish), and her younger sister Kitty (Anna Cathcart).

Lara Jean likes to read sappy romance novels and she’s also in love Margot’s boyfriend, Josh (Israel Broussard), who happens to be her best male friend.

At some point, Lara Jean thought it was a good idea to write love letters to the five guys she’d had a crush on in the past, including Josh and the school jock, Peter (Noah Centineo).

She never intended to send them.

Of course, this being a rom-com, someone else sent them on her behalf, setting off a sequence of events that force Lara Jean to come out of her self-imposed shell and actually confront her true feelings.

Yep, you can probably guess where this is going.

Get on it.

The Ritual

The Ritual stars Rafe Spall (Black Mirror), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Arsher Ali (Doctor Who) and Sam Troughton (AVP: Alien vs. Predator) as four British university friends who reunite to mourn the loss of their mate, by taking a hike in the Scandinavian wilderness.

Which sounds lovely… but it’s the woods so no good can come of it.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Things get a lil’ creepy when one of the hikers injures his ankle and the group decide to take a shortcut through a dense and spooky-looking forest.

Which is all well and good… except the forest isn’t any ordinary forest. It’s a dark and mysterious forest of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn.

Good times.

When We First Met

I was starting to think I’d never stumble on another good rom-com, but then I found Netflix’s When We First Met.

And I have to say, it’s the rom-com we all desperately needed in our lives.

It stars Adam Devine (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Workaholics) as Noah, a 20-something hopeless romantic who feels a little bit lost.

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Three years ago Noah met Avery at a Halloween party and they instantly clicked. They spent one perfect night together before it abruptly ended with a hug and Avery announcing that she was so happy to finally have a male friend.

Yep, he got majorly friend-zoned.

Fast forward three years and Noah is attending Avery’s engagement party. He realises that she could have been the love of his life – but he blew it.

He gets drunk and ends up in the jazz bar where he works. After a few more drinks he takes some photos in the old photobooth that he and Avery used on the night they first met.

The next morning he wakes up and realises he has traveled back in time to that day.

He knows this is his chance for a do-over, he can relive that night, do it right, and finally win Avery’s heart.

Of course, that doesn’t happen.

He stuffs it up royally again and again and again until he finally discovers why he was sent back in time in the first place.

You’re gonna love it.

Father Figures

Owen Wilson and Ed Helms star in this hilarious – yet poignant – movie about fraternal twin brothers who hit the road in order to track down their biological father.

This being a screwball comedy, they meet more than one father figure along the way before finally realising they already have everything they need.

It’s kind of like You, Me and Dupree meets The Office meets Sisters.

The Open House

The Open House follows the story of Naomi (Piercy Dalton) and her son Logan (Dylan Minnette) who move into a relative’s vacation home after a death in the family.

The home – of course – is an isolated, sprawling mansion surrounded by woods. Because, as you’re probably aware, people in horror movies never move into simple, single-story houses in busy suburbs.

Naomi and Logan hardly had time to unpack their belongings and settle into their new digs when things start to get a little bit creepy.

When Harry Met Sally

For the traditionalists you can’t go past When Harry Met Sally.

The classic romantic comedy follows the story of two friends – Harry and Sally – who realise after years and years of friendship that they’re actually in love with each other.

It’s super-cheesy, super-sweet stuff and it all climaxes with a big ole’ kiss on New Years Eve.

This movie is perfect for anyone who wants to feel good about the world, but I’d avoid it if you’ve just had your heart broken.

1922

Oh… this is creepy and dark and everything else we bloody love.

1922 is based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name.

It’s set in, erm, 1922 and it follows the story of Wilfred ‘Wilf’ James, a rancher who murders his wife after they have a fight about selling the land.

Then she comes back… and haunts the heck out of him.

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