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5 films to watch before the world ends

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Lars von Trier's apocalyptic drama Melancholia has been described as serene, even meditative. (Magnolia Pictures)

Even if you believe the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on Friday, you still have time to squeeze in a movie marathon to end all movie marathons.

If you are planning to witness the end from the comfort of your home -- or from the safety of your bunker, as the case may be -- here are five movies (plus a bonus for the kids) courtesy of CBC arts reporter and film critic Eli Glasner.

(Now curl up under a blanket with your loved ones, already! There's no time to waste!)


Roland Emmerich goes global in this end-of-days adventure that ups the body count and sends the entire state of California plummeting into the ocean. Subtle it ain't, but it's the ultimate in campy disaster porn.


Before zombies were all the rage, plagues were the big thing. Steven Soderbergh applies the Traffic short film formula to the epidemic genre. The result is a dystopic detective story with a killer cast.

Dr. Strangelove (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." Simply the best.


Depression, a dinner party and a planet hurtling towards Earth. The end of the world has never been so exquisite.


A fascinating documentary on the "independent journalist" who predicted the economic collapse and thinks we should be building seed banks before the next crisis hits. A movie that knows the value of asking the right questions.

PLUS: A bonus for the kids!


Cute robots, a veiled anti-consumer message, and a decent song by Peter Gabriel. Everybody wins!

Read also: What doomsday films tell us about ourselves

What is your favourite apocalyptic film? Which scenarios provoke the strongest reactions in you?

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