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The Perfect Movies To See With Your S.O. This Season

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    It's the holidays, which generally means that you're going to spend a lot of time around your family. That also means that you're going to want to spend some time away from your family. If you can spend that time with a significant other or a prospective love interest, well, all the better!

    Movies are always a good getaway, and the end of the year brings a bumper crop of Oscar-baiting options. Plus, you have the added bonus of (hopefully) snuggling up with someone in the dark. Unfortunately, not all movies are compatible for every stage of your relationship. You're probably not going to see a dense three-hour documentary about a grassroots political movement on a first date. That's why we came up with this handy guide matching this year's holiday movie offerings with each stage in the life cycle of a relationship. Unless, of course, you and your date think dense political documentaries are fun, in which case, knock yourself out.

    Whether you're caught up in the excitement of a crush, swept away in the honeymoon phase of a thrilling new romance, or looking to relax with your life partner, we've found something for everyone.

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    Just A Crush

    The Gambler
    Thrillers and crime dramas are always great choices when seeing a movie with a crush. You can explain away any sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath as the result of the plot's tension and suspense (instead of the fact that you're spending two hours sitting in close proximity to the person you're hoping kiss for the first time). This remake of the gritty 1974 film about a literature professor who's eyeballs-deep in gambling debt will serve your purposes perfectly. Well, assuming you and your date can suspend disbelief long enough to buy Mark Wahlberg as a college professor.

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    Just A Crush

    The Babadook
    Aside from the fact that this break-out Australian horror film is being lavished with critical acclaim, taking in a scary movie with your crush is pretty much a no-brainer when you're trying to get close to them. Sure, grabbing a person's hand or throwing your arm around them during a scare is the oldest trick in the book, but it's the oldest trick in the book because it works. Few things will cause a fright quite like a titular monster who emerges from a children's book with the sole purpose of mercilessly tormenting a sweet little family.

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    Hanging Out

    Two Days, One Night
    In the early stages of getting to know a new person, some of us have the tendency to project our best selves. Meaning, we'll project the erudite side that loves indie movies and art museums while actively suppressing the side that watches Spaceballs every couple of months. When seeking a foreign film to watch with a date who doesn't yet know that you can liberally quote the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons, you could certainly do worse than the latest offering from Belgium's acclaimed filmmaking duo the Dardenne brothers. In Two Days, One Night, the always-enchanting Marion Cotillard plays a working-class Belgian factory employee who must convince each of her coworkers to reject a bonus so that she can keep her job.

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    Hanging Out

    Inherent Vice
    Before hanging out with a new person, it's common to be nervous about running out of things to talk about. Usually, that fear is unfounded and can be chalked up to pre-date jitters. However, it's always good to hedge your bets a little and see a movie, so if the conversation does fizzle out on every other front, at least you have the movie to talk about. Between Thomas Pynchon's heady source material and the bulletproof ensemble cast assembled by Paul Thomas Anderson, this dark, fast-paced dramedy will give you plenty to dig into once you head out for drinks after the show.

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    The Honeymoon Phase

    The Theory of Everything
    There's no better time to see a full-on bittersweet love story than when you're in the honeymoon phase of a new and exciting relationship. The Theory of Everything depicts the enduring yet complicated devotion of Jane Hawking to her ex-husband Stephen Hawking, the pioneering theoretical physicist who was given a year to live after being diagnosed with ALS at age 21.