Film Reviews

Happy Valentine’s Day!

While Valentine’s Day is probably the most commercialized “holiday” in the world you have to admit it’s still a lot of fun. If you’re planning a night in this Valentine’s Day check out 8 movie suggestions from me that are perfect for the season!

A Walk to Remember (2002)

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A still of Mandy Moore and Shane West in A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember is based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. It stars Mandy Moore (aka our fave TV mom Rebecca Pearson) as Jamie, a shy reverend’s daughter and Shane West as Landon, the popular kid in their local high school. Sparks fly between them after Landon is forced to serve out his community service by participating in the school play alongside Jamie. Being that they are from completely different backgrounds they face quite a bit of backlash from their friends and even their parents. A heart breaking revelation threatens to cut their time together short and also transform dozens of lives in their small community.

A Walk to Remember is a film for the true romantics. It is a tear-jerker and one that will stay with you long after you watch it.

Belle (2013)

A still of Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Reid in Amma Asante’s Belle

Belle is a period drama that tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a young woman of mixed race living in England in the 18th century. Belle, played by the incredibly talented Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Free State of Jones), finds herself in an interesting position as she does not fit in with her aristocratic white family, nor the black slaves who make up a large part of the population. A landmark legal decision concerning her great-uncle and the government shifts her world dramatically. When she meets John Davinier (Sam Reid), an ambitious young lawyer, her world is further complicated as she begins to fall in love.

Belle is a beautifully compelling film that examines important ideas about morality and race. It is a film that romantics and history buffs alike can appreciate.

The Wedding Planner (2001) 

A still of Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner is personally one of my favorite romantic-comedies.  Jennifer Lopez is one of the queens of this genre and while she has had some hit and misses (Jersey Girl. Gigli. The Back Up Plan.), she is in great form here as Mary, a highly sought after wedding planner.When a freak accident leads to her meeting Steve (Matthew McConaughey), she begins to develop feelings for him, not realizing that he is the groom in one of her upcoming weddings.

The Wedding Planner may be a little predictable, but it is a fun-filled movie with a sweet ending. It’s currently streaming on Netflix!

The Princess Bride (1987) 

A still of Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is an 80’s masterpiece; quirky, silly, and very light-hearted. It is sure to make you laugh. Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Cary Elwes (Robin Hood: Men in Tights) star as Buttercup and Westley respectively, two young lovers who first meet in childhood. When Westley goes off in search for a job, his ship is taken over by pirates and he is presumed dead. Five years later, Buttercup is pledged to be married to an obnoxious prince, yet still mourning the loss of her beloved. When a masked man shows up and heroically saves her from would-be kidnappers, Buttercup’s world is turned upside down in the best way possible.

Full of wacky characters and an unbelievable journey, The Princess Bride is a light-hearted classic and on my list of must-see-in-your-lifetime-movies. It’s currently streaming on Netflix!

Just Wright (2010)

A still of Queen Latifah and Common in Just Wright

 

Queen Latifah stars as Leslie Wright, a talented physical therapist struggling to make a true love connection with any of the men she dates. After a chance meeting with successful NBA player Scott McKnight (Common), the two form a friendship and Leslie begins to fall for him. The only thing standing in her way is childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton) who has her sights set on Scott as she dreams of being a basketball wife.

Just Wright may be a little predictable, but it features a star studded cast and characters that most of us can relate to. It’s a true rom-com!

Outsourced (2006) 

A still of Ayesha Dharker and Josh Hamilton in Outsourced

 

Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) leads an unfulfilling life as a tacky novelty salesman. When his company begins outsourcing jobs to India in order to cut costs, Todd is ordered to go and train the new employees. Facing unemployment otherwise, he reluctantly makes the journey. Upon arrival, Todd is embraced by a culture and people he never gave much thought to before. He even hits it off with Asha (Ayesha Dharker) one of his trainees who undoubtedly changes his life forever. It’s currently streaming on Netflix!

Outsourced is an incredibly charming comedy that supports the saying “never judge a book by its cover”. The relationship between Todd and Asha isn’t the best part of this movie, it’s the change that Todd experiences within himself that make this one worth watching.

Pretty Woman (1990)

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman

 

As far as romantic comedies go, Pretty Woman is one of the greatest of all time. It follows Edward (Richard Gere), a driven businessman who enlists the services of working girl Vivian (Julia Roberts) to escort him to some business events for a week. As the two begin to fall for each other, reality threatens to ruin the makeshift fairy tale they have created. Can they return to business as usual after their romantic week together?

Pretty Woman is heart-warming, funny, and entertaining. Featuring a particularly wonderful performance by Roberts, it’s perfect for Valentine’s!

Beyond the Lights (2014)

A still of Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights is about a young popstar named Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who seemingly has it all: fame, success and fortune. However, she is severely lacking an identity and voice. It takes a fateful meeting with police officer Kaz (Nate Parker) for her to find the courage to be herself.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- this was an underrated movie that featured a great cast and told an important story. I couldn’t leave it off the list!

 

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