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Blue Monday movies: 5 uplifting flicks for the most depressing day of the year

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One Million Dubliners

One Million Dubliners

The feature-length film One Million Dubliners got rave reviews in the wake of its release

The feature-length film One Million Dubliners got rave reviews in the wake of its release

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Ben Stiller gets his salsa on with Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly

Ben Stiller gets his salsa on with Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly

Disney Pixar's beautiful 'Up'

Disney Pixar's beautiful 'Up'

Team America: World Police - A puppet of Kim Jong-Il

Team America: World Police - A puppet of Kim Jong-Il

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One Million Dubliners

It's Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year, so we've compiled a list of five movies to get you through. Whether you want to wallow and brood yet be uplifted and inspired, or simply laugh your head off, we have a film to suit your mood...

One Million Dubliners

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The feature-length film One Million Dubliners got rave reviews in the wake of its release

The feature-length film One Million Dubliners got rave reviews in the wake of its release

The feature-length film One Million Dubliners got rave reviews in the wake of its release

 

This Irish documentary about Glasnevin Cemetery which houses the souls of 1.5m people may not, on paper, sound like the most uplifting viewing for Blue Monday.

However, it's as much a film about life as death and is as fascinating as it is moving and funny as it is sad.  It's also stunningly shot and peppered with the stories of the people who keep the place ticking over, from the guides to the florists to the gravediggers.

The film revolves around the larger-than-life character that was the late cemetery guide Shane Mac Thomais who makes it even more compelling.   A tremendous film that garnered rave reviews on release and comes thoroughly recommended.  Available on Volta.ie

 

Wild

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Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Today is likely one of those days you spend staring out the window (if you're lucky enough to have one), daydreaming about packing it all in and heading off on a whim to explore the world and all it has to offer.

If that's not practical you can always live vicariously through Reese Witherspoon as she lives vicariously through the character of Cheryl Strayed, who is an actual person who, fed up with her messed-up life of drugs and debauchery and reeling from the death of her mother, headed off on a 1,100 mile hike back to happiness.

For those of you who hated the happy-clappy schmaltz of Eat, Pray, Love, fear not.  This is a real gem.  Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.  At cinemas nationwide.  (If you fancy Eat, Pray, Love it's on Netflix)

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Along Came Polly

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Ben Stiller gets his salsa on with Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly

Ben Stiller gets his salsa on with Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly

Ben Stiller gets his salsa on with Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly

 

If moving from your sofa is not an option this evening, there's always Along Came Polly on RTE 2 at 9pm. 

Maybe you're stressed to the hilt at work like Ben Stiller's risk analyst character and need to take a leaf out of Jennifer Aniston's character's laissez faire book?  Let her character remind you that there's a whole world out there outside of your apartment walls and office desk. 

Don't pay any attention to the reviews (it currently sits at 26% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes).  It manages to be both very funny and very sweet even if Stiller and Aniston are entirely unconvincing as romantic partners.

 

Up

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Disney Pixar's beautiful 'Up'

Disney Pixar's beautiful 'Up'

Disney Pixar's beautiful 'Up'

 

If you're feeling particularly blue today you can indulge your tears during the beautifully realised, poignant flashback montage at the beginning of Up which depicts the loving life-long relationship between the elderly Adolph Schwarz and his late wife. 

Your tears won't last long, however - feel-good warmth permeates the rest of the flick as the rather cold and bitter Schwarz thaws emotionally on an adventure with a little boy scout.  Prepare to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, thanks to Disney Pixar.

 

Team America: World Police

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Team America: World Police - A puppet of Kim Jong-Il

Team America: World Police - A puppet of Kim Jong-Il

Team America: World Police - A puppet of Kim Jong-Il

 

A little acerbic satire is is usually the antidote to that feeling that everything in the world is going wrong.  And Team America: World Police never fails to drag viewers from the depths of despair to at least a little chuckle. 

Featuring marionette puppets this adult-only film features a plot in which NOrht Korea's late Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il plans to bomb every country in the world.  Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Mat Stone it's very, very funny, and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious.  Available on Netflix.


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