Friday, Feb. 14
7, 9:30, and 12
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” Who can forget the dreamy Ryan Gosling proclaiming his love for Rachel McAdams in this classic Nicholas Sparks tearjerker? This quintessential Valentine’s Day classic revolves around an older man named Duke as he visits an older woman in a nursing home and reads from a notebook the tale of country boy Noah Calhoun (Gosling), who falls in love with the beautiful heiress Allie Hamilton (McAdams). In the midst of World War II, their relationship falters, but, through a miraculous twist of fate, they get a chance to rekindle their love. Full of loveable quotes and some swoon-worthy scenes of Gosling being the ultimate dream boyfriend, The Notebook is the perfect movie to watch either with a loved one or with an equally loved box of chocolates.
Saturday, Feb. 15
8, 10, and 12
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the stereotypical Italian-American man. He seems to be plucked from Jersey Shore and would be a GTL (gym, tan, laundry) kind of guy. He acquires the moniker “Don Jon” for his womanizing ways, but even his lothario persona doesn’t match the intensity of his pornography addiction. When he meets old-fashioned gal Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), he struggles to establish an intimate relationship that doesn’t interfere with his Internet-addicted ways. In Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, there is a genuine sense of lovable-ness about a seemingly provocative topic. With fantastically funny performances, Don Jon is full of laughs and insight into the relationship between media, fantasy, and reality.
Sunday, Feb. 16
For those who would rather avoid the sappy Valentine’s Day couples who quote The Notebook in their Facebook statuses, Amour is a bleak, yet deeply profound story about an elderly couple and the power of their love as it is tested through the hardest of times. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired music teachers in their eighties living a quiet and peaceful life together. One day, Anne suddenly suffers a silent stroke and her health gradually declines. Georges lovingly tries to look after her but is constantly faced with the inevitability of heartbreak. A realist masterpiece, Amour perfectly captures the cycle of life and the unrelentingly difficult process of letting go.