Valentine's Day is coming, and what better way is there to spend it than snuggled up with your partner in a dark room, watching a romantic movie on the big screen, sharing a box of popcorn?
There are all types of romantic films from comedies to drama, so whether you want something that will make you laugh out loud, weep, or go all mushy and weak at the knees, there is no end of choice. There are plenty of new films out this season to see at the cinema, or you could dust off your archived DVD collection, and relive your favourite movie moments.
1. This Is Forty a sequel film to the 2007 romantic comedy, Knocked Up, but instead of continuing the story of Alison and Ben (who don't even appear in the film), this is actually a spin-off following the lives of Debbie (Alison's sister) and Pete as they approach forty. Already out in the US, the comedy will be released in the UK on the appropriate date of 14th February.
2. Also to be released on Valentine's Day isBeautiful Creatures, a film based on the teenage novel of the same name. Ethan is bored of life in his dead-end town and wants excitement. That comes in the form of Lena, a girl wit mysterious powers. Things become a little too exciting though, when Ethan discovers that Lena's magical family use their powers for dark purposes.
3. A paranormal romance, Warm Bodies, this zombie comedy is a film adaptation of Isaac Marion's popular novel. America has become infested with zombies, including R, who is addicted to human flesh. When he kills and eats the boyfriend of Julie Grigio, he falls madly in love with her and tries to save her from his horde of zombie mates. The film comes out on the 1st February.
4. The Sessions is based on an essay by Mark O'Brien, who is a poet paralysed from the neck down due to Polio. In this drama, O'Brien is confined to an iron lung to help him breathe; despite his paralysis, he is determined to lose his virginity, so hires a sex surrogate. The film will be in cinemas from the 23rd January.
1. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca is a famous 1942 classic romantic drama. Set in Africa during World War Two, Rick, an expatriate meets his former lover, Ilsa, when 'Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.'
2. Probably considered one of the most heart-rendering films of all time,Titanic is based on the true events of the tragedy that befell the passenger liner when it collided with an iceberg in 1912. Staring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, this 1997 film had women weeping, swooning, and forever in the knowledge that their 'heart will go on'.
3. It might be a coming of age drama, butDirty Dancingfrom 1987 got women of all ages screaming. The muscle-bound Patrick Swayze also proved to guys that dancing is cool. People are 'having the time of their life' as they try to recreate that iconic lift.
4. Another Patrick Swayze classic, the 1990 film Ghost is my kind of romantic film. Why? Whoopi Goldberg. Simple as that. I think that's why most people like it; they're less interested in the romance between Molly and her ghost boyfriend than they are in seeing Whoopi portray a con-artist, who turns out to be a real life Medium.
In With The Kids
A romantic evening with your significant other may be what you want on Valentine's Day, but let's face it, if you're married with kids then your chance of some 'alone time' is slim. B you can still enjoy your time together with a romantic film that's child friendly. Disney is your ultimate resource. The company has made countless animated films that stir the heart strings including pretty much any princess film like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Beauty and The Beast, or the endless number of animal stories such as Bambi, Lady and The Tramp, and Robin Hood.