Okay. We went over the movies that are coming out. However, older movies are still completely allowable. In no particular order, movies that I think are top-notch Valentine’s viewing.
“Man Up” Rated R
I do not love R-rated movies. But I make the exception for this one. (It is mostly ‘R’ for language and humor. Oh, those Brits.) The chemistry between Bell is fabulous. There is a reason to be invested in every single scene. The characters are quirky and likeable. It makes me laugh. A lot. One of those “little weird, in the best way” gems.
“Isn’t It Romantic” Rated PG-13
Honestly? I do not love this film. It is fine. You may love it, though. It turns the romantic movie on its head. It points out the tropes and pokes fun at them. You get two Pitch Perfect actors, tongue-in-cheek jokes, and it amuses throughout. Never great, but certainly different and smart.
“Moulin Rouge” Rated PG-13
I will probably go to my grave declaring that Moulin Rouge is the greatest movie I have ever seen. I only watch it every two or three years, but it gets all the emotions out of me. I bawl openly. This is the movie that made me fall in love with Nicole Kidman. Everything is over the top. Nothing is subtle. Kidman’s performance alone… Sigh. I love this movie. To death. (Little humor there…) I even went to see the Broadway version. So yeah. I am a fan.
“The Adjustment Bureau” Rated PG-13
I often describe this movie as the only one that is exactly half sci-fi, half romance. How do you not like Matt Damon? Of course they cast him as a politician. Perfect. This movie made me notice Emily Blunt. Their chemistry… dang. Some of the best I have ever seen. They just click. Then you throw in supporting actors like Slattery? Stamp? Mackie? Dear word, man! The ending is a touch weird, but not enough to dismiss all it has to offer. Superb.
“Free Guy” Rated PG-13
It is too a romance! Lemme alone! Guy meets a girl. Guy goes about changing aspects of himself (but never all of himself) after being inspired by girl. Girl and guy spend time together. Girl makes guy a better guy. How is that not a romance? It makes nice guys cool. Ryan Reynolds is always a go-to for laughs, but no R-rated Deadpool here. Family friendly(-ish? They are all video game characters. They can be shot. Really?) Fun. Action-packed. Hope-inducing.
“Paperman” Rated G
The single-most beautiful piece of animation I have ever seen. The combination of hand-drawn and CGI is amazing. They do not talk the entire six and a half minutes and you do not even notice it. I bought “Wreck-It Ralph” just so that I could watch this short over and over. (And when I do watch it, I can never view it once. I have to repeat-view it. Sometimes three or four minutes in a row. Sorry, Up; this will always be my favorite romantic glimpse. Breathtakingly entrancing. Perfection.