Romance is on the cards this weekend and the minimal selection of movies on offer suggests that there’s only one film you should be watching on the universal date night known as Valentine’s Day. So whether you’re snuggled up with your significant other, sitting at the single’s table or sulking under the hazy phrase coined by Facebook as “it’s complicated”, there’s no better way to share the love than with a movie or two.
The hype for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey has been phenomenal, with teaser clips being released right, left and centre in the lead up to the film’s release. But it’s finally here and it’s time to see what all the fuss is about. The Fall’s Jamie Dornan takes the lead as Christian Grey, while Dakota Johnson slips into the shoes of Ana Steele in this big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel. It might have started off as Twilight fan fiction, but we’re a long way from sparkly vampires and sulky teenagers here. If the book’s readership is anything to go by, this one’s more for the ladies (and the reluctantly dragged along men).
For those veering away from the ‘mummy porn’ adaptation but still looking to indulge in a little romance, you might find some light entertainment in Two Night Stand. Starring the always-reliable Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton as two people forced to prolong their one-night stand during a blizzard, this is a fun and fluffy romantic-comedy about love in the digital age.
Documentary fans can take a cinematic trip to the Middle East this weekend with Hilla Medalia’s Dancing in Jaffa, which follows world ballroom champion Pierre Dulaine on his mission to unite Jewish and Arab children through the medium of dance. Dulaine was brought to life on the big screen in Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas, but this is a much more personal and candid look at Dulaine’s ‘Dancing Classrooms’ programme.
Cinemas are bound to be busy this weekend and staying in with a DVD is the next best option. You can choose between origin fantasy Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evens as the titular vampire, or What If – a quirky comedy about an unlucky in love medical school dropout. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in the latter, so on the calibre of performances alone we’d recommend What If.
Enjoy your Valentine’s weekend and we’ll see you next week for cybercrime, time-travel and some festival favourites.