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DATE NIGHT: Your guide to big-screen fare this Valentine’s Day

It’s almost that time of year again. Valentine’s Day. That special time, aside from birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas, when you show your significant other just how much they gosh darn mean to you.

It’s also a time for stepping out with your ladylove or beau and what better way to do that than the foolproof “dinner and a movie” date?

While the dinner part is a story for another time, we’ve got the movie part covered right here. So, here is your guide to the flicks screening at Event Cinemas this Valentine’s Day.

Birds Of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

What’s it about?

Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn, this time around as a supervillain scorned who hooks up with a group of equally badass chicks to go on the hunt for a super special diamond.

Read our review here.

How’re the romance vibes?

This could be perfect first-date fare. If you’re looking to keep things light, OUR Margot beating the bejesus out of a string of ‘baddies’ might be just the ticket.


Sonic The Hedgehog

What’s it about?

Gaming icon and world’s speediest hedgehog Sonic teams up with best human mate Tom (James Marsden) to defend earth from the nefarious Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey)

Hilarity and hijinks ensue.

How’re the romance vibes?

Probably more suited to a day at the flicks with the kids, but if your paramour is an old school gamer with a long held-love affair for the Sega poster-hedgehog you might win some brownie points (or golden rings) with this one.


Ghost

What’s it about?

Patrick Swayze gets murdered. His wife Demi Moore is heartbroken. Patric Swayze crosses over, John Edward-style to make spooky pottery with his Earth-dwelling ladylove to the tune of Unchained Melody.

How’re the romance vibes?

Look, if you’re looking for quintessential Valentine’s Day flicks this one comes pretty close to taking the cake. This is peak swoon-worthy Swayze coupled with a love story that knows no mortal bounds. Pahleese!


Emma

What’s it about?

Love enthusiast Emma Woodhouse loves playing matchmaker in her Georgian-Recency village of Highbury, despite being convinced she herself will never marry.

But will the fancy paramour, Mr. Knightley change all that?

How’re the romance vibes?

This period comedy from the pen of Jane Austen is a MUST if you or your love interest has even shown a passing interest in Downton Abbey.


1917

What’s it about?

It’s the pointy end of WWI and two soldiers are tasked with delivering a message that will prevent a regiment of men from walking into a deadly trap on the Western Front.

How’re the romance vibes?

Probably steer clear of this harrowing tale on Valentine’s Day as rarely do war movies conjure up feelings of romance.


Richard Jewell

What’s it about?

Richard Jewell was a security guard who helped thwart a terrorist attack at the ’96 Atlanta Olympics. Originally hailed a hero, the world turns on Richard as he is accused of being a terrorist.

How’re the romance vibes?

There’s no doubt that Clint Eastwood can direct the heck out of a movie so this one promises to tell a riveting tale. Is it a date-night move? Well if the person you’re trying to impress is after stellar acting, and masterful direction then, maybe.


Bad Boys For Life

What’s it about?

Does the plot really matter?

It’s got Will Smith and Martin Lawrence with plenty of bang, bang, shoot shoot.

How’re the romance vibes?

This unabashed bro-flick is pretty low on the romance vibes, to be honest, but if you’re looking to keep things light and breezy, a wisecracking Will Smith often helps.


Midway

What’s it about?

A fictionalised account of the iconic WWII Battle Of Midway where the US navy clashed with the Imperial Japanese Navy in what proved to be a turning point in the war.

How’re the romance vibes?

See entry for 1914.


Fantasy Island

What’s it about?

A horror take on that ’80s TV show where the delightful Mr Roarke and his short-statured man servant Tattoo granted wishes to people visiting this magical place.

These fantasies quickly turn into nightmares. Eek!

How’re the romance vibes?

First of all, making a big-screen Fantasy Island WITHOUT the iconic Tattoo is suspect at best. But this is one of the only horror flicks screening this Valentine’s Day so if you’re looking for your date to snuggle into your arms after a scream-worthy jump scare, it looks like this one’s for you!


Jojo Rabbit

What’s it about?

This gleeful satire follows young Hitler Youth acolyte Jojo whose worldview is thrown asunder when he befriends a young Jewish girl. Oh, and his imaginary friend is Adolf himself!

Read our review here.

How’re the romance vibes?

While on the surface, a flick about Nazis is unlikely to conjure up the warm and fuzzies, this Oscar-winner certainly does. In spades. Perfect if your significant other is a fan of left-of-centre filmmaking with plenty of humour and heart.


Colour Out Of Space (Event Glendale only)

What’s it about?

A strange meteor crashes into an American family’s front yard.

Its inhabitants are hell-bent on Earth’s destruction.

Dad, Nic Cage has to deal with in the only way Nic Cage can. With style.

How’re the romance vibes?

Based on a H.P Lovecraft short story, if horror is the way you get your date-night flicks kicks then this could be just the ticket.


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