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Romantic movies offer ideal entertainment for a Valentine's Day at home

For fans of unconventional romantic comedies, 2012 was an excellent year, with films like “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Ruby Sparks” challenging or elevating the standard tropes of the genre, one that Hollywood all too often abuses.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 13, 2013

Not only did the movie win a best original song Oscar for the gorgeous theme “Falling Slowly,” the new stage adaptation has earned Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk honors in the past year.

“Ruby Sparks” (2012): Paul Dano stars as an emotionally arrested novelist who writes a story about his free-spirited dream girl (his real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who wrote the script) and is shocked when she magically appears in his kitchen.

Family-friendly fare

If you and your sweetie are snuggled on the couch with youngster or two, you can still enjoy a romantic movie that's appropriate for the whole family:

Most of the Disney “princess” movies: The ones with my favorite heroines include “Mulan,” “Aladdin” and “Tangled.”

“The Princess Bride” (1987): Westley (Cary Elwes) refuses to let pirates, a prince or even death come between him and his Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright).

“Shrek” (2001) and “Shrek 2” (2004): Grumpy ogre Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) and his Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) discover that their love isn't based on society's rules of beauty. And that's OK.

Action-packed romance

If you enjoy your romance mingled with a hefty dose of adrenaline, consider yourself locked and loaded with these films:

“The Terminator” (1984): Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) travels across time to save Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) from the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). He travels across time for her! Now that's romantic.

“Desperado” (1995): It's got Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek falling in love between all the flying bullets, so this actioner offers everyone someone quite nice to look at.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010): Based on the popular video game, this swords-and-sandals epic hearkens back to the Saturday matinee romps of old, pairing Jake Gyllenhaal as an orphaned boy who is adopted by a king and becomes his father's fiercest warrior and Gemma Arterton as a spirited princess entrusted with a magical dagger that can alter time.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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