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So, love it or hate it, there's no denying that The Notebook has earned its reputation as one of the most romantic movies of all time.

And even though it has become one of the ultimate Valentine's Day clichés, we're not sure we'll ever get bored of the young couple's rollercoaster romance.

But, while Noah and Allie might seem like the ultimate couple goals, relationship experts aren't buying it.

According to Stylist, a group of romantic experts recently sat down with Time Out to discuss some of the best and worst romantic films of all time.

The list was surprising to say the least, but perhaps The Notebook was the most puzzling choice of all.

We know what you're thinking. How could a romantic expert of all people decide that this was a bad film?

Well, according to psychotherapist, Gupreet Singh, Nicolas Sparks' story is actually too perfect.

He explained: “Noah restores a house for Allie. He writes letter after letter waiting for her. They die holding hands. Talk about idealised love! If you believe in it you start to think: I shouldn’t settle for less.”

“But most average couples are nothing like that. We are humans, we are fallible. Love is imperfect because we are.”

Now, we're not saying he hasn't got a point, but isn't it nice to fantasise every once in a while?

The Notebook was never meant to be a factual retelling of true events, but instead a fictional account of love at its best and at its worst – and in that sense, we think it did a pretty good job.

Sure, most of us probably won't find anyone willing to send us handwritten letters every day for a year, but it's nice to see that this kind of true love really does exist – even if it is just up on the big screen.

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Is anyone else feeling pretty miserable after the Christmas break? We are back in work, our bank accounts are empty and the only chocolate left in the house is Cadbury’s Fudge.

People often tell you to ‘cheer up’ and ‘put a smile on your face’ when you’re feeling like this but sometimes a good cry is all you need. Get the sadness out of your system and blubber to your heart’s content if you need to. There’s nothing shameful about crying, plus scientists say it is actually good for you.

We’ve gathered up a list of movies to watch when you’re feeling like having a good cry so why not pop one on this evening? Just be sure to have a box of Kleenex at the ready.

  1. Five Feet Apart

Hayley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse star in this coming-of-age tale about two teens living with cystic fibrosis. It’s a raw, heartwarming and educational tale about the reality of this harrowing illness and the impact it has on the lives of people with CF.

  1. About Time

Sure, About Time is a sweet little romantic-comedy starring the beautiful Rachel McAdams and the charming Domhnall Gleeson but there is one particular scene in this movie that will leave you crying like a baby. 

  1. Marriage Story

An intimate story that follows a couple as they face a harrowing and exhausting divorce. Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, this movie is a true heartbreaker.

  1. The Fault In Our Stars

Based on the John Green novel of the same name, this coming-of-age tale is an emotional watch from start to finish. It follows the story of two teenage cancer patients (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) as they travel to Amsterdam to meet a reclusive writer.

  1. Lion

Lion is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. Starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Petel, the award-winning movie follows an Indian man, who was separated from his mother as a child, as he returns to his native country to find his birth family.

  1. Miss You Already

Best friends since school, Milly and Jess struggle to keep their relationship as strong as ever when Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer.

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January is going to be a very quiet month for us after the madness that was Christmas break. Our bank accounts look pretty tragic and we’ve vowed to do dry January so a lot of movie nights await us this month.

Luckily, Netflix will be adding plenty of movies and series to keep us pleasantly entertained during this dreary month.

Get ready to tune into the final season of The Good Place which arrives on January 31.

If you’re looking for a new series to sink your teeth into then look no further than Spinning Out, which is available to watch now.

Film buffs can look forward to watching Coming to America and Sense and Sensibility which are both available now.

And be sure to tune into Dunkirk which airs on January 29, that’s one movie you need to see.

You can check out the full list of what’s new on Netflix this month below:

1 January – Messiah

1 January – Spinning Out

1 January – Lost in Translation

1 January – Coming to America

1 January –  Sense And Sensibility

7 January –  Wonder Woman

10 January – Titans : Season 2

10 January – AJ And The Queen

15 January – Grace and Frankie: Season 6

16 January –  Minions

17 January – Sex Education : Season 2

19 January – It’s Always :  Sunny in Philadelphia : Season 14

24 January – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina : Season 3

29 January – Night on Earth

29 January –  Next in Fashion

29 January – Dunkirk

30 January –  The Stranger

31 January –  The Good Place :  Season 4 Finale

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Downton Abbey fans, we’ve got some wonderful news for you.

A second movie is on the way!

Producer Gareth Neame revealed that they are currently in talks about creating a second Downton Abbey movie.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that they had this idea even before the first movie was released.

He said, “We started vaguely thinking about it [a sequel] before the release of the movie. But we were kind of holding our breath.”

Gareth explained that the stellar reaction to the Downton Abbey movie blew them away, “The reaction to the film, the press tour in the U.S. and the buildup to release were so strong that we'd been thinking about it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added, "It was clear from the first weekend that this was worth taking very seriously".

The team has yet to decide on a storyline, but there’s no doubt it’ll be just as fabulous as the first film.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We're working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it.”

However, the one hurdle they need to overcome is getting the entire cast together again. Trying to find a space in their schedules that works for everyone is going to be tricky.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging,” Gareth added.

“The challenge will be, is everyone available at the same time? Can we make deals with them? That will be the challenge.”

We seriously need this to happen!

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The rain is pouring and our bank accounts are empty so our weekend is going to be very, very quiet.

Once we step in the door after work, we’re putting our pjs on, ordering pizza and curling up on the sofa for the foreseeable future.

Instead of scrolling through Netflix for hours and hours we’ll be tuning into one of our favourite Jennifer Aniston movies tonight.

Get the tissues at the ready because Marley and Me is on RTÉ2 at 21.30.

The movie follows journalists John and Jenny Grogan as they move to South Florida and start a new chapter of their lives.

After the couple tie the knot, John decides to buy his wife Jenny a dog- a Labrador named Marley.

The four-legged fur ball becomes a part of their family and is there for some of the highest and lowest moments of their lives. He swiftly turns into the loyal companion the couple can turn to during upsetting days and trying times.

The comedy-drama is based on the memoir of the same name by John Grogan.

Marley and Me stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner and Alan Arkin

Tune in at 21.30 on RTÉ 2 tonight.

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The weekend is almost here and we’re very excited to have a couple of days away from the office. With Christmas just around the corner, we’re trying to limit our spending which means another quiet weekend for us.

Luckily, one of our all time favourite rom-coms is on TV tonight.

It’s Hugh Grant’s best movie (aside from Paddington 2) and we’re awfully excited to watch it for the twentieth time. 

Notting Hill is on Virgin Media 1 at 9pm so get your popcorn ready.

The 90s rom-com is our go-to movie when we’re feeling a little low. It’s set in beautiful London, stars the iconic Julia Roberts and has one of the best soundtracks.

The love story between the awkward bookshop owner, William Thacker and glamorous film star, Anna Scott is one of the best on-screen romances.

The late Emma Chambers also stars as the goofy sister of William. Hugh Bonneville, Tim McInnerny and Sally Phillips also star.

There are so many iconic scenes in this movie, but nothing tops the moment when William is forced to interview Anna during a press junket for her latest movies. 

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The scene is charming and awkward and it never fails to make us laugh when William says he works for Horse and Hound magazine.

This Richard Curtis classic is bound to warm your heart on this dreary November night.

Notting Hill is on Virgin 1 at 9pm.

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Halloween movies have a special place in our hearts and this month, we can't get enough of throwback movies to get us in the mood for all things spooky.

Plus, who doesn't love a good 90's made-for-TV Disney classic? 

1. The Addams Family, 1991

To start things off, we gotta have the most famous Halloween fam of all time.

A dysfunctional family at it's best, there is a disembodied hand called Thing, a cousin called It that is completely covered in hair and creepy Uncle Fester. 

Plus, it's gives us costumes for even the laziest person – Wednesday Addams anyone?   

2. Halloween I and II, 1978 and 1981

The original slasher flick, John Carpenter's masterpieces brought us the legend that is Jamie Lee Curtis in her breakout role as a Scream Queen.

It's the typical Halloween fare – babysitters getting stalked by a masked man who wants to butcher them all. Throw in the super creepy musical score and you've got yourself the perfect autumn night in. 

3. Halloweentown, 1998 

Who didn't watch this Disney classic as a kid? It's cheesy and a bit cringey but who cares.

Debbie Reynolds is a delight as the witch who comes to tell her teen granddaughter that she too has magical powers. It's the ideal movie to put on and let your brain switch off – we dare you to watch and not feel a twinge of nostalgia. 

4.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975

This cult classic has midnight shows still running today where fans dress up as the characters and sing along to the songs.

Tim Curry is genius as Dr Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist who lures innocent couple, Brad and Janet into his castle.

Amazing music ensues and there's even an appearance from Meatloaf. 

5. Teen Witch, 1989 

This forgotten gem is so 80's it hurts. Available on Netflix, it follows teen Louise as she realises her witchy skills on her 16th birthday (Yes, just like Sabrina)

Watch it even just for the ridiculously dated rap battle plonked in the middle of the movie that adds nothing to the plot.

6. Double Double, Toil and Trouble, 1993

Disney. 1990's. Olsen Twins. Halloween. We're in heaven.

This movie tells the tale that on Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from their scary aunt.

It's the perfect slice of magical nostalgia to make you wish you could go trick-or-treating again. 

7. The Witches, 1990

This movie genuinely terrified me as a kid.

Adapted from Roald Dahls' book, it follows an orphan, Luke, who sees a coven of witches and discovers that they want  to turn all children into mice with a magical formula.

The witches find out that Luke is onto them and plan to test the formula on him. It's quite freaky, tbh.

9. Practical Magic, 1998

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman playing supernatural sisters, who are trying to end a family curse that keeps them from finding true love? Yes please. 

10. Carrie, 1976

It wouldn't be a Halloween movie list without at least one nod to Stephen King.

And Carrie is one of his best – following a bullied high school teenager, who has a nutty religious mum and is delighted to be asked to prom by hottie Tommy Ross. When a prank goes wrong, she lets loose.

The whole prom scene is magnificent rom start to finish.

11. The Witches of Eastwick, 1987

Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon – name a more iconic trio, I dare you.

They have each lost the man in their lives until a stranger in the form of Jack Nicholson starts to date them all and eventually tells them that they are witches

 

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It’s Netflix night. (OK, every night is Netflix night, but this is Netflix movie night) so it’s time to chill-out, chow-down and choose the perfect flick.

If you have managed to do all three of those things without an argument, an interruption or a complete emotional breakdown, then teach us your ways because the rest of us experience something a little more like this.

1. Saying sayonara to your diet, you ring the local takeaway and order every greasy thing on the menu.

We'll start again on Monday

2. Pulling off your skinny jeans (with a little help, if necessary) you scramble through your laundry for your biggest, baggiest sweats.

Bliss.

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3. Diving onto the couch, you sprawl across your friend’s lap and pull your hood over your head.

Time to vegetate, people.

4. Clicking on Netflix, you begin casually browsing while chit-chatting about the impending food delivery.

Movie nights are so relaxing, right?

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5. Pausing and reading the description of every second film is beginning to stress you out a little because it seems like present company has seen every single thing on the menu.

Em, why are you here exactly?

6. Opening your brown paper delivery bag, you see they’ve forgotten your prawn crackers…again.

I swear, they hate me.

7. OK, back to the matter at hand; the movie!

Uh, why can’t we just watch Bridesmaids again?

8. No, we are not watching something with subtitles.

Go home, jackass.

9. How have we finished our food and we still haven’t pressed play on a movie?

 It’s like they’ve written, directed and starred in every film and can’t bear to see themselves again.

10. For God's sake, what is wrong with watching a horror?

Sometimes I wonder why we’re friends.

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11. I wonder if eyeballing wine is really as dangerous and disgusting as it sounds.

My film-hating friend hates me more than my prawn cracker-hating delivery man.

12. It’s now been ninety minutes and we’re still on the menu page.

Honestly, is this normal?

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13. Oooh! OOOH! Something they haven’t seen, starred in or directed!

Ladies, we have a winner.

14. I suppose it is late, alright.

OK, grand, we’ll watch it next time so.

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15. Screw this.

I’m going to bed.

Can't wait for next week's Netflix fest!

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This April, Netflix has got the perfect programmes for you to watch whilst you munch on chocolate this Easter.

Highlights include David Attenborough’s Our Planet, season two of Sabrina, Brie Larson in Unicorn Store and more!

They’re also adding one of our all-time favourite rom-com and a trilogy that all the family will love.

Check out our top picks below. That’s movie night sorted for the next month.

 

DOCUMENTARY:

Our Planet (5/4/2019)

Remastered: Devil at the Crossroads (26/4/2019)

SERIES:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 (5/4/2019)

Quicksand (5/4/2019)

The Protector: Season 2 (26/4/2019)

Special (12/4/2019)

 

 

LAUGHS AND LOVES

Bridget Jones’s Diary (17/4/2019)

This Is 40 (17/4/2019)

Adrift (22/4/2019)

CRIME AND THRILLS

The Fugitive (15/4/2019)

American Gangster (14/4/2019)

Dr Foster: Season 2 (3/4/2019)

SPECTACULAR CINEMATIC THRILLS

Gladiator (2/4/2019)

Jurassic Park Trilogy (16/4/2019)

The Incredible Hulk (17/4/2019)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (18/4/2019)

 

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Every month, Netflix adds brand new titles to it's catalogue – while other films and TV shows get the boot. 

The streaming service is retiring a few classic films from their repertoire. This happens pretty often, with movies coming and going seasonally. However, if you're stuck for a way to spend the last day of February, maybe one of these movies will tickle your fancy. 

Whether you've already seen them or you're a first timer, here are the five movies leaving Netflix in March that you have to catch before they go: 

1. The Breakfast Club

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Bruce Almighty

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Beauty & The Beast 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Ghostbusters

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Pearl Harbour

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We've finally found the perfect outdoor cinema trend that is DESPERATELY needed on Irish land: Hot tub theatres.

Some absolute genius had the idea to combine hot tubs and watching movies, and we owe them so much for that wonderful conception. God bless them.

Organisers Tub Life have created an event where Londoners can test out the Hot Tub Cinema for real this August, but Dublin is normally about 20 years behind the England capital.

The cinema event of the century is scheduled to take place on August 31 from 6pm to 9pm, and we're contemplating booking our flights now, before Brexit goes and ruins everything for us.

Film fanatics will be able to strip and dip into relaxing hot water while enjoying whatever classic is playing on the big screen, with a cheeky bevvy. No skippy dipping allowed, sorry to disappoint you.

Tub Life wrote on the event page on Facebook: "Tub Life is coming to London and we’re bringing our hot tubs with us! Expect performers, hosts, BBQs, round-the-clock tub service and the biggest portable screen in the UK."

"Note: the scheduled date is preliminary as we’re currently finalising the few remaining details to this event. Click ‘Interested’ to be notified with more information," they concluded.

They'll confirm the exact location for London at a later date, and will also be visiting Maidstone, Liverpool, Chester, Brimingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle.

Who knows, they might even pop up in Dublin this summer if the demand is high enough, which it totally will be. Start the petition today lads, shall we?

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We have been longing for a third instalment in The Princess Diaries franchise forever and it looks like our dreams are about to come true.

Rumour has it we’ll be reunited with Mia, Queen Clarisse Renaldi and of course, Fat Louie very soon.

Anne Hathaway opened up about the third movie during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and it sounds like she’s even more excited about the third Princess Diaries movie than we are.

The actress revealed that a script has been written for the third film: “There is a script. I wanna do it, Julie wants to do it… we all really want it to happen."

However, Anne said they won’t be releasing the movie unless they’re 100 percent happy with it. They understand that the characters and story mean the world to fans.

“We don't wanna do it unless it's perfect because we love it as much as you guys love it,” she explained.

"It's as important to us as it is to you and we don't wanna deliver anything until it's ready but were working on it,” the One Day actress added.

Rumours about The Princess Diaries 3 first started circulating in 2016 when director Gary Marshall said they wanted to wait until Anne had given birth to her son Jonathan before thinking about the movie.

He commented: “I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago, it looks like we want to do Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan," said the director of the original films. Anne is very pregnant, so we have to wait until she has the baby and then I think we're going to do it."

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