Spring for an extra box of chocolates on the way to the theater with your sweetie. Maybe purchase the tickets for after a fancy dinner. Hollywood is bringing a bouquet of movie choices for every cinephile this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Heavy hitters like “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” are sure to draw the largest crowds, so don’t leave home without pre-ordering your ticket -- or you'll risk ending up at “SpongeBob’s” latest movie. If you don’t have a hot date, you can still indulge in the racy “Shades” with friends. If Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class) action movies are more your thing, catch Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson in “Kingsman.”
Desperate for a little artier fare? “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” follows the rather anti-Valentine’s Day story of an Israeli woman seeking a divorce. Amsalem has struggled to receive an annulment because her husband refuses to acknowledge it -- in Isreal, only men can grant divorces -- so she's stuck in her unhappy marriage for three additional years. On a higher, but no brighter note, “The Last Five Years” gives us a full-fledged breakup musical with “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
If your heart isn’t bled dry yet, Spike Lee’s quasi-vampire movie “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” finally hits theaters after an online preview. There’s sex, addiction, danger, an African artifact and, of course, bloodlust in store for Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams). Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi have a more comic riff on vampire movies with “What We Do in the Shadows.” Made to look like a fake documentary about four vampire roommates, the well-written clashes between supernatural and mundane problems make this comedy worth seeing.
Not everything in theaters this week is bad blood. “The Rewrite” sees Hugh Grant's return to romantic comedy as a down-on-his-luck screenwriter falling in love with a writing student played by Marisa Tomei. Oscar nominee J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney co-star. “Old Fashioned” is an indie romantic drama between a reformed frat boy (director and writer Rik Swartzwelder) and a free-spirited woman (Elizabeth Roberts) as they rekindle love the old-fashioned way.
But if you really want to put a stake through the lovey-dovey holiday, there are two horror films this weekend to choose from: The pervy “Girlhouse” is set up to play like an '80s sexploitation slasher, and “Wyrmwood” brings a zombie apocalypse in Australia, so have fun with that until the next episode of "The Walking Dead" rolls into town.
Here’s to finding someone who will save you a seat at the movies. Be sure to check your local listings or VOD provider for availability.