Nothing beats a chick flick, even a “bad” one is watchable if you are in the right frame of mind. Here are a few upcoming romantic movies to get you through the holidays, check your local cinema for release dates:
Midnight in Paris (PG)
Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams have teamed up again for Midnight in Paris (previously they did Wedding Crashers together).
Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams) are engaged to be married, on holidays in Paris with her parents. They are officially in love, but maybe what Gil really loves is Paris in the springtime. He’s a successful yet dissatisfied Hollywood screenwriter who still harbours the dream of someday writing a good novel and joining the pantheon of American writers whose ghosts seem to linger in the very air he breathes. Gil is besotted with the Paris of the 1920s, when his heroes F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway traded dry martinis and even drier barbs with the likes of Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso. Inez and her family, on the other hand, couldn’t care less.
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is one of those movies that packs as many famous people on screen as possible. Maybe a little bit like an American version of Love Actually.
New Year’s Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.
Stars (how is this for a line up): Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Sofía Vergara, Katherine Heigl, Carla Gugino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lea Michele, Halle Berry, Alyssa Milano, John Lithgow, Hector Elizondo, John Stamos, Ludacris, Ryan Seacrest, Yeardley Smith, Jon Bon Jovi.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Love it hate it, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is at the movies and it has romance and some hot bodies so I’m including it.You can fight it all you want, but chances are you will end up watching this at some point – even if it is just to complain about it.
The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Mackenzie Foy, Dakota Fanning, Maggie Grace, Jackson Rathbone
My Week With Marilyn
Although I wouldn’t technically call this a romantic movie (and it’s not out until early Feb), most women have a bit of a love affair with the life of Marilyn. We are fascinated by her story and there is romance in the tragedy.
In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark, just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl”, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, who, whilst shooting, was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.
Nearly 40 years on, his diary account “The Prince, The Showgirl, And Me” was published, but one week was missing, and this is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of working. When Arthur Miller makes a brief trip to Paris, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce her to some of the pleasures of British life.
The collision of the two worlds – old England and new Hollywood – is as incongruous as it is delightful. Slowly Marilyn begins to shake off the dark fog of insecurity and fear always hovering around her. She reacts with lovely naturalness to this alien world and as she relaxes she offers Colin fleeting insights into her own background – one of family madness, single-minded ambition and uninhibited sexuality. Simply and without self-pity, she relates the tale of her rise to the top in Hollywood; a story involving abuse of one form or another at the hands of almost every man she has ever known, abuse that has left her with only the thinnest of protective layers.
She is not without her contradictions – everyone wants something from her, but she too is fixated on the life she has chosen and is quite unable to leave it, even though the pressure is crushing her… and yet, for a moment, lost in the English countryside, it seems she might finally escape.
Stars: Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooper, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne