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The biggest blockbuster movie of the year is available this weekend … if you’re an Optik TV subscriber that is!

It’s Captain America vs. Iron Man and with Own on Optik, you can see how it all goes down first. That’s because Captain America: Civil War is now available in Western Canada exclusively on Optik TV. That means TELUS customers get to enjoy one of the biggest movies ever before anyone else (and can watch it again and again and again!).

In the coming months, Own on Optik will offer early access to megahits like X-Men Apocalypse, Jason Bourne, Ghostbusters and Finding Dory weeks before they are available for rental or on Blu-ray.

I have to tell you a secret. I haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War yet. I know it’s the #1 movie of the year, but when I saw the trailer months ago and told myself that I would wait until I could watch it in the comfort of my home. Sure, my TV isn’t as nice as a movie theatre, but the risk of having the movie ruined by loud talkers or noisy eaters, was just too risky. And with the forecast calling for rain this weekend, it just might be the perfect time to curl up on the couch.

So, now just a few months after it came to rave reviews (90% on Rotten Tomatoes), I will finally be able to watch the movie that finally introduces Spiderman to the Marvel universe properly. Plus do it on my own terms, which means comfy pajamas and wine. The way movies were really meant to be enjoyed.

For me, long weekends are great reasons to stay close to home. After all, the mountains aren’t going anywhere. There will be there next weekend, and I think the weekend after that. If you’re like me, here’s four more long weekend suggestions perfect to binge at your leisure.

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Okay, it’s the show that everyone’s talking about, and they are talking about it for a reason. It’s because it’s eight hours of Spielberg-inspired 80’s perfection. And a character named Barb. If you want to see what the number one Halloween costume is all going to be about this year, do yourself a favour and get caught up on Stranger Things. And then peer pressure anyone you know to watch it. The world will be a better place for it.

Casual (Crave)

It’s one of HULU’s most acclaimed shows, and here in Canada, the first two season’s just started streaming. Picture a really good independent movie about a complicated sibling relationship, brought to earth by an equally compliment teenager wise beyond her years. At times frustrating, but most charming and thoughtful, Casual is easily digestible, especially if your long weekend features a rainy day or two.

You’re the Worst (Shomi)

Imagine if the casts of Seinfeld and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia got together and made a baby and that baby was a show called You’re The Worst and you have an idea of what you’re in for. The show’s first two seasons are streaming and worth giving up your weekend for. It’s funny, but you’ll feel bad for laughing. But you’ll also get a feeling a familiarity, because maybe you’re as bad as these characters. Hopefully only maybe.

Transparent (Shomi)

It’s Pride weekend in Calgary and I can’t think of a better show to watch with rainbow flags waving all around you. The show’s third season is actually premiering at TIFF. Yes, it’s that good. The show features a father of three struggling to find his place in the world after he allows himself to admit to himself and his family that he’s transgender. A truly modern family that’s full of characters that are about as real as it gets. Two full seasons of Transparent might be a bit much to consume in a day, so I would spread this one over a few sittings.

Mike Morrison