Valentine’s Day weekend has never been more crowded with choice viewing options, which can spell trouble for entertainment commitment phobes who have trouble making the right selections in general. To help the cause, we’ve summed up the offerings to let you find the movie you love.
If you’re looking for love that hurts … in the good way: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Seductive billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and his increasingly-less-innocent gal pal Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) continue to explore their growing emotional (but still kinky) relationship. The love, lust and bondage story first sizzled onscreen in 2015’s Valentine’s weekend monster Fifty Shades of Grey. The new version vows to be even hotter.
If your Valentine’s knight is the Dark Knight: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’
‘The Lego Movie’ is back, but this time it centers on Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, and his attempt at saving Gotham from the Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis.
The Lego Batman Movie doesn’t just explore the world of the Lego-brick Batman (voiced by Will Arnett): It celebrates the awesomeness of being billionaire Bruce Wayne and a cool crime-fighter by night with all of those Batmobiles and a rocking Batcave. The first spinoff of the hilarious The Lego Movie even explores Lego Batman’s need to work in harmony with others, like the beautiful Batgirl/Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) Read our ***½-star review here.
If you want a truly bloody Valentine: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’
John Wick is a retired super-assassin who wants to live a normal life. That all changes when an Italian gangster shows up ordering him back to his old ways.
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Keanu Reeves is making a killer resurgence as a lethal hitman who wants to be all about love but is forced back into the assassination game (again) in John Wick: Chapter 2. Reeves puts away more baddies trying to do him harm (141 of them), which crushes his 2014 shoot-fest John Wick (a mere 84 killings). We counted. And, really, who doesn’t want to spend Valentine’s weekend with Keanu?
If you want a romantic all-time classic: ‘An Affair to Remember’
Sixty years after its original release, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr and their glorious, global 1957 romance An Affair to Remember returns to 700 theaters across the country on Feb. 12 and 15 (get tickets here). Affair is 100% sepia-tinged Hollywood, named one of the most romantic movies ever by the American Film Institute and Time magazine.
If you want a soon-to-be-classic love story: ‘La La Land’
In a city where everyone is trying to make it, an aspiring actress and her jazz musician boyfriend struggle to make ends meet. Listen as Emma Stone shows off her singing talent in this romantic musical with an old-Hollywood feel.
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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are already sweeping through awards season with their singing and dancing roles as a couple of starstruck artists trying to make it in Hollywood while keeping their perfectly adorable love alive. La La Land is the most romantic story to hit Hollywood since Cary Grant rode off into the sunset. It’s also a sure talking point for Feb. 26’s Oscar night, having earned a record-tying 14 nominations. Read our **** review here.
If you’re looking for scarier things than relationship problems: ‘Split’
He has 23 personalities and has shown them to his psychiatrist. But there is one he has yet to expose. Now, Kevin, played by James McAvoy, has kidnapped three teenage girls and their fate hangs in the balance as time is running out.
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No matter how bad your Valentine’s date, that person can’t be as bad as Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy), a guy with 23 personalities including the kidnapping kind known as “Dennis.” Director M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror film has dominated the box office for three weeks, marking a creepy return for The Sixth Sense director who can now blame past critical duds like The Last Airbender on off-kilter personalities. Read our *** review here.
If you want to give love to some overlooked heroes: ‘Hidden Figures’
‘Hidden Figures’ tells the true story of a group of African-American women who worked with NASA to help launch the program’s first successful space missions.
The unheralded story of brilliant female African-American mathematicians helping NASA put a man in orbit at the height of the Space Race is a rare kind of film — an awards contender with three Oscar nominations (including best picture and supporting actress for Octavia Spencer) that’s also a crowd-pleasing hit (more than $121 million in box office). Read our ***½ review here.
If you love fluffy doggies: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ follows the journey of one dog over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
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Josh Gad doesn’t just voice a golden retriever named Bailey in A Dog’s Purpose, based on the best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron. Gad also voices each dog as Bailey is reincarnated into four different, equally appealing breeds. A Dog’s Purpose was the target of national outcry when an edited video leaked from the set that showed a dog in distress, but filmmakers say it was all dog love during the movie’s making.
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