It’s not really V-Day without a batch of must-see, romantic themed films in the cinema. But this year’s batch of Valentine’s Day have gone a little off-piste. Let’s take a look at the best of the bunch.
The new film from writer/director Spike Jonze is a funny off-kilter romance set in the not too distant future. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly who writes other people’s personalised letters for a living, spinning out after the end of his marriage (to the glimpsed-only-in-flashback Rooney Mara) he ends up falling for the voice in his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Shot in the haze of an intagram filter and featuring lots of high waisted trousers, this is a not-to-be missed film.
2) Cuban Fury
For too long Nick Frost has always been ‘the other one’ in his partnership with Simon Pegg, well now he finally gets to be the star of his own film. Cuban Fury is a brilliant, funny and touching take on the rom-com genre featuring an amazing cast (Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman and Kayvan Novak). It warmed the cockles of our hearts but luckily we didn’t want to take up dancing after watching it.
3) Only Lovers Left Alive
Set in the backdrop of desolate Detroit, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play ageless vampires, named Adam and Eve, in the new film from legendary director Jim Jarmusch (Coffee And Cigarettes). It’s an impressionistic and beautiful film for all your off-the-wall Valentiners.
Released on February 21st
4) My Bloody Valentine
No not the brilliant shoe-gazing band but the schlocky 80s slasher flick which is showing at the Prince Charles cinema in London. For all your anti-Valentiners out there, we will see you down the front!
1) Le Week - End
What we said: “Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi mellows with age, slightly, in talky relationship drama Le Week-End, directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill). Late-middle-age couple Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan take stock of their marriage during a weekend in Paris.” – Charles Gant
2) The 7.39
David Nicholls returns to his roots with this brilliant tale of love-on-the-commute. It’s a gripping Brit yarn featuring a whole lot of perceptive insights, tears and laughter. A wonderful cast is headed up by Sheridan Smith, David Morrissey and Olivia Colman.
3) Enough Said
What we said: “It’s Julia Louis Dreyfus in her first movie since 1997’s Deconstructing Harry. It’s James Gandolfini in one of his very last film performances. Bitter-sweet second-chance-at-love US indie comedy Enough Said has those two big reasons to catch it, plus Toni Collette and Catherine Keener” – Charles Gant
A charmingly unexpected flim from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio. We finds the titular title character enjoying life in her 50s after being long divorced. It’s not a sob story or anything like that, but actually just empowering and uplifting in a the Shirley Valentine mould.