6 movies to help you procrastinate this fall semester

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It may seem silly to go to a movie theater in this age of streaming. Why spend time and money on a movie ticket when you could just watch Netflix in your room? The answer is, it can be a fun way to break up your routine. While it may cost a little, at least you can say you did something over the weekend. That, and it should help you forget the stress of school for a few hours. Here are some movies coming out this semester that should provide a nice distraction.

“Ready or Not” (now playing)

Do you want some blood, horror and class politics in your thriller movie? If so, then you should consider checking out this movie in theaters. “Ready or Not” is a film is about a woman on her wedding night who has to survive a deadly game of hide-and-seek against her in-laws and maybe even kill some of them along the way. It could be just the movie to make yourself feel better about your friend and their rich partner. 

“It: Chapter Two” (Sept. 6)

Going back to where it all started and facing something terrifying that you’ve dealt with before, but this time you feel like you don’t have the strength to finish it for good — that’s one way to describe going back to UC Berkeley. It can also describe the plot of the sequel to “It” from 2017. Watching these characters on the screen face their own terror might just make facing this new semester a little less scary.

“Joker” (Oct. 4)

Sometimes we all need a little madness in our lives. If you want to escape into a world that’s a little bit insane, then why not check out “Joker,” a movie that’s all about Batman’s arch-nemesis. There may not be any Batman in the movie, but there will be plenty of insane Joker.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” (Nov. 1)

There hasn’t been a really good Terminator movie since “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” from 1991. “Terminator: Dark Fate” has a good chance to break that streak. If it doesn’t, there’s something cathartic about watching a terrible movie and laughing at it. No matter what, there will be killer robots and action, both of which are decent enough things to help lose yourself in for a bit.

“Frozen II” (Nov. 22)

Animated children’s movies can be a nice way to find your inner child again — a pleasant escape from the very adult world of college. If “Frozen II” is anything like “Frozen,” it’s going to be wildly popular and hard to avoid, so you might as well see it just to have an opinion when it comes up in conversation. 

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Dec. 20)

Coming in at the end of the semester (the last day of finals to be exact) is the finale of the Skywalker saga and the end to the new trilogy of Star Wars movies. If you have any fondness for this series, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” might be the perfect thing to help you forget about how you did on finals. If you haven’t seen any Star Wars movies yet, then you can use this film as an excuse to get started. 

Hopefully, this list has convinced you to go to the movie theater at least once this semester. Break yourself out of your rut and go make an evening out of seeing a movie. You’ll be glad you did.

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