Love is in the air at the mul­ti­plex

Kapi-Mana News - - MOVIES -

Sit­ting in the dark, el­bows pressed to­gether, your fin­gers brush as you reach for pop­corn at the same time.Your eyes meet and sud­denly . . . magic!

It’s Valen­tines night and you’re with your one true love at the movies.

Roll your eyes if you must, but a glance at the new re­leases list this week tells us Hol­ly­wood knows ex­actly where you’ll be on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Cine­mas around the re­gion will be pos­i­tively drip­ping with rose petals and red foil-cov­ered choco­late hearts as an ar­ray of ro­man­tic smooshi­ness rolls into the mul­ti­plex to­day.

Ev­ery genre, from art house to fan­tasy, gets a lovey-dovey makeover, so while you might strike out at love, you’d have to be a fool to strike out at the box of­fice.

My No 1 choice for movie ro­manc­ing this Valen­tines Day is light- hearted romp Are we of­fi­cially dat­ing? (known as That awk­ward mo­ment in the United States).

Di­rected by first-timer Tom Gormi­can and star­ring ev­ery­one’s imag­i­nary boyfriend, Zac Efron, Are we of­fi­cially dat­ing? tells the story of three friends who de­cide to give up ro­mance in sol­i­dar­ity with their love-lorn pal.

It’s just not Valen­tines Day with­out a Zac Efron movie, but the movie’s big draw­card is that it’s a ro­man­tic com­edy from the guy’s point of view.

Which is great, but mostly we just want to know if The Zef­fer will take his shirt off. (NB: he does.)

If art house sen­si­bil­i­ties are more your speed, how­ever, French ro­mance Blue is the warm­est colour might be the one for you.

It’s di­rected by Ab­del­latif Kechiche, whose trade­mark long takes and su­per­long run­ning times are used to great ef­fect in this del­i­cate and sen­si­tive char­ac­ter study of gay love.

Blue sounds like a bit of a tear-jerker, though.

Maybe a film called End­less Love bet­ter bet for Cupid’s Big Day Out?

You’d think so, but a some­what trashier look­ing re­make of the 80s semisoft­core clas­sic, which was it­self a mod­ern take on Romeo and Juliet, End­less Love looks, frankly, ter­ri­ble.

A well-worn story of young, des­per­ate love and parental tyranny, it stars Alex Pet­tyfer, look­ing some­what at sea amid all the emo­tion, and Gabriella Wilde, sim­i­larly bam­boo­zled, as the star-crossed lovers.

Cyn­ics among you prob­a­bly think en­dur­ing true love is a fan­tasy, so what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate love than with a fan­tasy film?

Su­per­nat­u­ral ro­mance Win­ter’s Tale is just the ticket, with its snow-bil­low­ing tale of love across the ages and a man

is a who lives and loves for­ever.

It also stars our own Rus­sell Crowe as the bad­die. That’s enough to get my $16.50.

Win­ter’s Tale is a cen­tury-span­ning tale of magic and ro­mance told by a stellar cast that in­cludes Jen­nifer Con­nelly, Wil­liam Hurt, Will Smith and Colin Far­rell.

Di­rec­tor Akiva Golds­man knows where even the hard­est heart hides its strings, and how to tug them.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to write about film this week with­out men­tion­ing the tragic and un­timely death of ac­tor Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man from an ap­par­ent over­dose. Un­der­stated, pow­er­ful and al­ways gen­er­ous, Hoff­man was a true crafts­man ac­tor, and the cin­ema will be poorer for his loss.

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