Want to branch out at this romantic time of year instead of rewatching “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually,” “The Princess Bride” or “The Notebook?” Here are some ideas on how to spice up your Valentine’s Day streaming options with films that might have fallen off your radar or maybe weren’t there to begin with.
For mature audiences
Warren Beatty’s intellectually and emotionally stimulating 1981 epic “Reds” covers not only the life/career of influential journalist John Reed, but the fiery relationship he had with Louise Bryant (Keaton). It’s sensual, smart and soulful — particularly that tear-jerking reunion scene at a train station. “Reds” should have won best picture at the 1982 Oscars. Sorry, “Chariots of Fire.”
In Netflix’s moving “Our Souls at Night,” frequent romantic on-screen partners Robert Redford and Jane Fonda play lonely folk whose relationship stirs up small-town gossip. Director Ritesh Batra hands the film over to his veteran stars and they couldn’t be finer.
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“Crazy, Stupid, Love” features not only the ridiculously talented cast of Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, it knocks us out with a killer screenplay from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman. The 2011 comedy drama covers the tribulations of SoCal residents caught up in the ins and outs and in-betweens of new and old loves. It’s not only sexy, funny and poignant, and features one of the best lines about Gosling’s, er, “body” of work, courtesy of Ms. Stone.
In 2000’s slam-dunk of a romance “Love & Basketball,” Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps sizzle as former childhood b-ball friends who find themselves courting the big leagues and each other. Make a fast …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle