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Top 20 Best New Romantic Movies Of 2013

Warm Bodies
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich
Director: Jonathan Levine
Out: 1st February 2013 (U.S. Release Dates)
Best Romantic Movies 2013 / Romance
Adaptation of the zombie romance novel, which made allusions to ‘Romeo and Juliet’. A young zombie (Nicholas Hoult, ‘X-Men: First Class’) wanders through the devastation of the apocalypse, craving human brains to get high on their memories. One brain he consumes helps him fall in love with the victim’s friend (Teresa Palmer, ‘I Am Number Four’). Soon he is rescuing her from his deadly zombie pack and their adventure together begins. Produced by the studio behind ‘Twilight’, it’ll be heavy on voiceover since the lead zombie can only use grunts and simple syllables. Director Levine is very credible after ‘The Wackness’ and ’50/50′, expect this to be smarter than you think. It’s certainly a challenge to make women swoon for a grunting, rotting zombie, but critical reception says they’ve pulled it off.
Safe Haven
Starring: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
Director: Lasse Hallström
Out: 14th February 2013
Best Romantic Films 2013 / Love Movies
Based on the latest novel by love-story-factory Nicholas Sparks, author of ‘The Notebook’, ‘Dear John’ and ‘The Last Song’. A mysterious woman (Julianne Hough, ‘Footloose’) appears in a North Carolina town, concealing a dark secret. Determined to avoid personal ties she still finds herself growing close to a widowed store owner with a kind heart (Josh Duhamel, ‘Transformers’) and his two young children. When her dangerous past eventually catches up with her, love, despite the risks, might be the only safe haven… From director of ‘Chocolat’ and ‘Dear John’, expect the tone of the latter. Hopefully the situations won’t be as contrived as parts of ‘Dear John’.
Beautiful Creatures
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Out: 14th February 2013
Top 20 Best Romantic Movie, 2013
Young adult romantic fantasy. When newcomer Lena arrives in a small southern town she quickly captures the attention of Ethan, who’s desperate to escape his dead-end life. But he gets more than he bargained for as Lena is a ‘Caster’, possessing strange powers that have kept her at a distance from others. Their forbidden romance is also threatened by her protective family, especially since she must undergo the ‘Claiming’ on her next birthday to decide if she is to join the Light or Dark side. Based upon the 2009 novel of the same name, the first in the ‘Caster Chronicles’, it’s an obvious attempt to start a ‘Twilight’ franchise, only with the female as the supernatural one this time. At a glance it seems all too silly to appeal beyond the core audience, teenage girls. The greatest battle may be Jeremy Irons’ with the southern accent.

Upside Down
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Jayne Heitmeyer
Director: Juan Diego Solanas
Out: 15th March 2013
Best Romantic Comedies 2013 (Movies)
‘Romeo and Juliet’-influenced sci-fi romance about a man (Sturgess) searching for a long-lost love from his youth (Dunst). They are separated by opposite worlds, one upside down directly above the other, always out of reach. The world above is populated exclusively by the rich, while the poor are doomed to walk the floors rather than the ceilings. Visually the movie looks pretty spectacular and it’s certainly an interesting premise. Early reviews suggest it’s let down by poor writing.
Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Lily Tomlin
Director: Paul Weitz
Out: 22nd March 2013
Best Romance Movies 2013
A straight-laced Princeton admissions officer (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her free-wheeling former classmate (Rudd). He has deduced that his gifted yet very unconventional student (Wolff) may be the son she secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon she finds herself bending the admission rules for the student, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted, while falling for her old classmate. The trailer cracked jokes then veered toward heartfelt drama and romance. Tonally it seems to be going for something similar to ‘About A Boy’, which the director also made, but judging by the preview it’s missing that same spark.
More Romantic Movies 2013 (MARCH) 

The Host
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, William Hurt
Director: Andrew Niccol
Out: 29th March 2013
Best Romantic Movies Of 2013
A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder (Ronan) but instead of carrying out its race’s mission of taking over the Earth, it forms a bond with its host and sets out to aid other humans. …”Melanie Stryder”, doesn’t that sound a lot like?…. Yes, Stephanie Meyer, author of the ‘The Twilight Saga’, is bringing her game to the sci-fi genre. Expect melodrama, two hunks competing for a plain girl’s affections (yes, again) and tired genre ideas (this is an ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ rip-off). The writer-director of ‘Lord of War’ and ‘In Time’ gives it a measure of credibility.

The Big Wedding
Starring: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Ben Barnes
Director: Justin Zackham
Out: 26th April 2013
Romance Movies For 2013
A long divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) are forced to pretend they’re still happily married at their adopted son’s (Barnes) wedding, to keep his strictly-religious biological mother happy. Once their family and friends get wind, the hoax soon snowballs. Remake of the 2006 Swiss film ‘Mon Frère Se Mari’, which itself wasn’t particularly embraced by audiences. The large ensemble includes Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace and Robin Williams (who is unbearably unfunny in the trailer). Ben Barnes, a British actor, is playing a Columbian, which is kinda weird. Overall it looks like a fairly decent romantic comedy-of-errors, if you’re into that sort of thing.
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The Great Gatsby
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Out: 10th May 2013
Best Love Movies 2013
Remake of the Robert Redford-starrer, which was an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic-drama. On Long Island, Midwesterner Nick (Maguire) is lured into the lavish world of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), a young, mysterious millionaire with shady business connections and an obsessive love for Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan). Nick soon begins to see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. The movie’s timely theme criticises the irresponsible lifestyles of many wealthy people. Baz Luhrmann, director of ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Australia’, seems well suited to the grand material but his over-the-top period look might prove distracting. DiCaprio rarely disappoints.
Before Midnight
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Director: Richard Linklater
Out: 24th May 2013
Best Romantic-Comedy Movies 2013
Nine years after ‘Before Sunset’, Jesse and Celine live in Paris as a couple, parents to twin girls conceived when they got together. Jesse, a successful novelist, is struggling to maintain his relationship with his teenage son, who normally lives in Chicago with the ex-wife. He’s spending the summer with Jesse and Celine on a Greek island, before being dropped at the airport to return to the US. Meanwhile Celine is at a career crossroads. This is the sequel to 1995′s ‘Before Sunrise’ and 2004′s ‘Before Sunset’ and like its predecessors, it’s directed by Richard Linklater. I love the unique way this film series has developed and if you’ve enjoyed the first two you’ll be engaged by this too – early reviews have been very good. If you’re a romantic at heart and haven’t watched the previous movies, you probably should.

The To-Do List
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Director: Maggie Carey
Out: 16th August 2013
Romantic Movies 2013
Brandy (Aubrey Plaza, ‘Parks And Recreation’) is a type-A overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” of all the sexual activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before arriving at college in the autumn. From the writer-director of TV’s ‘The Jeannie Tate Show’, this has sat on the shelf for two years. Plaza was 27 when she filmed it and looks way too old to be playing a recent high school graduate. However, it’s set in the early 90′s so should find good comedy in the fashions, cultural references and pre-internet sexual ignorance. Donald Glover from ‘Community’ co-stars and he’s always good comic value. There should also be strong comic support from Bill Hader and Andy Samberg. Still, it all looks a bit crude and immature to me…
August 2013 

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Director: Harald Zwart
Out: 23rd August 2013
Top 10 Romantic Movies Of 2013
When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York by a demon (Rhys Meyers), a seemingly ordinary teenage girl (Collins) discovers truths about her bloodline in her quest to get her back. She is aided by a fellow ‘shadowhunter’ (Campbell Bower), a half-angel, half-human warrior, who she finds herself falling for. Teen fantasy/romance based on the popular book series that’s a bit-Buffy, a bit-Harry Potter. From the director of ‘The Karate Kid’ remake and ‘Agent Cody Banks’. Will this turn Lily Collins into a teen superstar? She took it instead of ‘The Evil Dead’ remake.

Baggage Claim
Starring: Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Derek Luke, Octavia Spencer
Director: David E. Talbert
Out: 25th October 2013
Best Romantic Movies 2013 / Romance
Determined to stop herself being the oldest, and only, woman in her family never to wed, a 35 year old flight attendant (Patton) embarks on a thirty day, thirty thousand mile expedition to find a husband. Her options include a P. Diddy wannabe, a Reverend, a pompous attorney, and a millionaire who’s twenty years her senior. This is playwright/director Talbert’s first theatrical film since 2008′s ‘First Sunday’ and it’s based on his best-selling novel. Reviews of the book say it’s average, cute, insubstantial and the ending’s predictable. The movie’s unlikely to make any sort of impact, but may prove a mildly entertaining diversion.

About Time
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander
Director: Richard Curtis
Out: 1st November 2013
Upcoming 2013 Romantic Movies
Rom-com-drama starring Domhnall (son of Brendan) Gleeson as a young man from a family of time-travellers who attempt to change history for the better. During a trip to the past he falls for a woman (McAdams), but as he goes through his life he realises his ability can’t save him from the ups and downs that affect all families. Writer-director Curtis (‘Love Actually’, ‘The Boat That Rocked’) has been shooting in the likes of Cornwall and Abbey Road. He knows how to do charming human relationships, he wrote ‘Four Weddings’ and ‘Notting Hill’ after all. McAdams has been a time traveller’s wife once before, but this will be more fun.
The Best Man 2
Starring: Taye Digs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Regina Hill, Morris Chesnut
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Out: 15th November 2013
Top Romantic Movies 2013
When old college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. This sequel to the 1999 rom-com ‘The Best Man’, reunites all the original actors. Malcolm D. Lee will be back writing and directing too, after helming the likes of ‘Undercover Brother’, ‘Soul Men’ and ‘Scary Movie 5′ in the intervening years. The original has a large following in the African-American community and ‘American Pie: The Reunion’ showed that revisiting 90′s comedies can be entertaining.

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The Third Person
Starring: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody
Director: Paul Haggis
Out: TBC 2013
Best Romance Films 2013
Follows three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York. One relationship marks the beginning of love (Brody, Moran Atia), the other marks the journey of love (Neeson, Wilde), and the last couple (Franco, Kunis) is on the verge of a divorce. Neeson plays a journalist, Wilde a gossip columnist, Kunis an ex-soap opera actress, and Franco an artist. From Paul Haggis, the writer-director of ‘Crash’, the extensive dramatic ensemble also includes Maria Bello, Casey Affleck and Kim Basinger. It’s got fine talent in front and behind the camera and should be something worth seeing.

Are We Officially Dating?
Starring: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan
Director: Tom Gormican
Out: TBC 2013
2013 Romantic Movies
Romantic comedy about three male friends (Efron, Teller, Jordan) in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they start falling in love. The writer-director has no previous credits, although the script did end up on 2010′s Black List (an annual compilation of the best unproduced screenplays – typically a good indicator, though not always). Set photos suggest that Zac Efron and Imogen Poots (‘Fright Night’) have great chemistry. Efron is a likeable actor who deserves to drop his teen-idol baggage and be taken more seriously.
The Last Drop
Starring: Justin Timberlake
Director: Peter Sollett
Out: TBC 2013
Rom-com-drama about a charming, fully functioning alcoholic (Timberlake) who works at a New York magazine as a food critic. When he meets the girl of his dreams he decides to change his ways in order to win her over. He soon discovers there’s a lot more at stake than love if he doesn’t succeed in cleaning up his act. From the capable director of ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’, the script made the 2011 Black List. This will give Timberlake a chance to show if he has range beyond being sexy and sometimes funny. ‘The Social Network’ suggests he can pull it off, ‘In Time’ suggests he’ll struggle. Could go either way, and it rests on his performance.
Can A Song Save Your Life?
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld
Director: John Carney
Out: TBC 2013
Best Romance Films 2013
Seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend (Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. She’s heartbroken when he dumps her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract. Left to sleep on the couch of an old friend, Gretta reluctantly agrees to play an open mic night where a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) is captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity. They may be each other’s last chance to turn their lives around. The writer-director of this romantic drama gave us ‘Once’ and that’s the biggest reason to be cautiously excited. It’s the first film role for Adam Levine, real-life frontman of Maroon 5 and judge on ‘The Voice’. Cee Lo Green also features in the cast. ‘True Grit’ star Hailee Steinfeld plays Ruffalo’s disrespecting daughter. Some find Keira Knightley irritating, and her singing may not help. For everyone else, this has some potential. Exec-produced by Judd Apatow.
Untitled Hugh Grant Rom-Com
Starring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei
Director: Marc Lawrence
Out: TBC 2013
In 1998, Ray (Grant) was on top of the world – a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke, so takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favours of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom (Tomei) who’s gone back to school and who winds up giving him a few lessons of her own. This marks the fourth collaboration between Grant, director Lawrence and Castle Rock (after ‘Two Weeks Notice’, ‘Music and Lyrics’, and ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’), in fact every movie Lawrence has ever directed starred Hugh Grant. While I thought ‘Music and Lyrics’ turned out well (mostly due to its interesting premise), the other two outings weren’t great. This sounds like a solid part for Grant, with potential for autobiographical elements and he plays ‘washed up’ characters well. Let’s hope it doesn’t veer into ‘Larry Crowne’ territory.

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