Undead, Undead, Undead: Romance on February 5th

The Choice

Want to know what’s coming your way in the world of romance on the big screen this weekend? I’ve got you covered.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

dir: Burr Steers, w: Burr Steers

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is one of the all-time great romances, and it functionally set the template for decades of romantic comedies. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies was a mash-up, in which someone just kind of inserted zombies into the text of Austen’s novels, a bizarre creative decision that somehow kicked off a culturewide mash-up trend. Now, 6 years after everyone stopped caring, a film adaptation of the book that started it all has arrived. The cast is solid – Charles Dance, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Lily James – but horror, romance, comedy, and action might be one or two flavors too many. Can the film be exciting, scary, funny, and swoon-worthy, all at once? I’m not hopeful, based on the trailers – though, the British ones look just a tad different

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is out now in theaters everywhere.

The Choice

dir: Ross Katz, w: Bryan Sipe

If the 2000s are shaping up to be the Century of the Franchise, Nicholas Sparks adaptations are as close as romance has to the Transformers films: The consistently make money from loyalists… but at what cost? Relative newcomer Benjamin Walker plays Travis, a handsome-but-vulnerable country boy who begins to fall for his next door neighbor, Teresa Palmer’s feisty med student, Gabby. As with all Sparks adaptations, expect a seemingly-tragic third-act twist that fails to deal with its own implications.

The Choice is out now in theaters everywhere.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

dir: Peter Greenaway, w: Peter Greenaway

Legendary Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein traveled to America after creating some of the most influential films ever made in Russia, only to find the country hostile to him because of his politics. He worked with Upton Sinclair to try and make a film in Mexico, and Eisenstein in Guanajuato follows that adventure, and torrid gay affair that happened while he was there. A meditation on love, sex, and death, the film has ruffled feathers with Putin for its explicit depictions of the legendary Soviet director with other men.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is currently in limited release, with plans announced for expansion yet.

Tumbledown

dir: Sean Menshaw, w: Sean Menshaw and Desiree Van Til

Rebecca Hall (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Jason Sudeikis (Sleeping With Other People) unite for this romantic comedy about second chances. Hannah (Hall) was married to Hunter Miles, a promising up-and-coming musician who released a single record before an accidental death. Now, she is working with New York writer Andrew (Sudeikis) to tell the singer’s story. As sparks fly between them, can they overcome the shadow of Hannah’s famous husband?

Tumbledown is now playing in Los Angeles and New York, and it expands to theaters across the nation – and to VOD – on February 12th.

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