As the recent Oscar nominations show, there are plenty of new films that a guy wouldn’t mind watching that can still, well, spark a fire on a Friday night with the girlfriend. So, pop a bottle of wine, make her a classy dinner and head out to the cinema. From among the nominees, we picked five films you should check out—one for each weekend leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 22.
For the thinking couple: The Imitation Game
Set in World War II, Best Film nominee “The Imitation Game” follows the efforts of mathematical genius Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for Best Lead Actor) to crack Enigma, a Nazi code thought to be unbreakable. He succeeds, helping win the war, but is later imprisoned by authourities when it comes to light that’s he’s gay. You’ll probably come out feeling a few IQ points smarter than if you watched “The Theory of Everything’s” dramatization of Stephen Hawking’s life (too much love story, to little string theory). Oh, and every girl loves a bit of the Cumberbatch, especially if she’s brainy.
For the couple who laughs together: The Grand Budapest Hotel
The latest Wes Anderson film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” was also nominated for Best Film. Presented in Anderson’s typical funny-yet-profound style, it’s centred around the tale of a former lobby boy (Mathieu Amalric) who recounts the great adventures he had with the hotel’s famous concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). The film’s caricature of World War II is chock full of eccentric visuals, quirks and dark humour worthy of Anderson’s previous work on “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Darjeeling Limited.”
For the creative couple: Birdman
Somehow fulfilling the roles of a comedy, stage play and quasi-superhero film, Birdman arrives at the perfect definition of a date movie. Telling the tale of washed-up superhero actor Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) as he reinvents himself on Broadway, it delves into deeper topics such as the difficulty of being a creative type in this age while keeping things light with some well-timed dark humour. Along with “The Imitation Game,” it was one of the two most-nominated films of the night, receiving nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
For the adventurous couple: Wild
“Adventurous” as in “enjoys the outdoors,” at least. “Wild” is an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name about her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Long shots and an interesting set of obstacles make it one of those inspiring numbers that can make you feel like you’ve gone on a long vacation without leaving your couch—or maybe like buying two tickets towards your own next adventure. Always a plus on a date night. Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern received noms for Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively,
For her: Into The Woods
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