Whether you’re trying to avoid the releases this week or augment them with even more movies, Your Alternate Box Office offers some options for movies that would play perfectly alongside of (or instead of) the stuff studios are shoving into the megaplex this weekend.

This week features a flightless bird, a bunch of teenagers getting stabbed to death while talking about getting stabbed to death in movies that feature people getting stabbed to death, and Lincoln getting stabbed to death by a bullet.

Plus, if you see something you like, you can click on the image and buy it over at Amazon.


Double Feature With: RIO

The Pitch: As the perfect counterpart to the fluffy nonsense of Rio, Legend of the Guardians is a dramatic adventure flick that seemed overlooked last year (even though it was directed by geek magnet Zack Snyder). It’s a movie about battling owls, so it’s obviously entertaining, and the visuals are gorgeous.

Make the entire weekend ornithological by finally taking the hint and mating with that blackbird that keeps cackling outside your window. Or just watch Bye Bye Birdie!.

How to See It: Requires a rental


Double Feature With: SCREAM 4

The Pitch: This slasher flick holds a special place in film history and in the heart. You wanna talk about meta? Peeping Tom tells the story of a man who kills young girls with the third leg of his tripod while filming the entire thing so he can rewatch their silent screams back at home with a bucket of popcorn. Ghostface and Craven both owe a lot to this movie, and it makes a great counterpart to a new horror film that’s constantly trying to prove itself to be self-aware.

How to See It: Watch it right now


Double Feature With: THE CONSPIRATOR

The Pitch: There are many, many reasons to watch The Blue and the Gray, but one of them is Gregory Peck playing Abraham Lincoln. He’s suspiciously not killing any vampires in it, but with the tale of his death coming out this weekend, it seems fitting to watch an unnervingly thorough film about the man’s most trying, most defining political period. Yes, it’s long, but there are few movies about the Civil War as monumental and monumentally good.

How to See It: Requires a rental

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