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Romantic Epics

Be it the grand scale, the inflamed passions, or their universal themes, romantic epics have traditionally made for some of the most irresistible Oscar bait. That trend has been somewhat bucked in recent years, but there's something about the stillness of winter that feels like the proper time to sit down with some globe-spanning, heart-rending sagas. (Pictured: The English Patient)

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Staff Pick of the Day

Big

Directed by Penny Marshall

Fantasy Comedy, Romantic Comedy - Rated PG - 104 Minutes - 1988

At this point it's been fairly well-argued (including in a piece this year on The Ringer by Shea Serrano) that Big is actually a horror movie. After the magical machine grants his wish and Josh turns into Tom Hanks, his mom is confronted by a grown man wearing her son's underwear, taunted a phone call in which this man -- mockingly, in her mind -- sings their special song, and she will certainly believe that he's making it all up when he returns home, as a method to dissociate from his trauma. And this doesn't even cover his sexual relationship with an adult woman. Rewatch Big as the nightmare it truly is. (Available on Hulu and the Roku Channel)

- Chris Steffen