The day of love is right around the corner, and whether you’re spending it with a significant other or by yourself, we have you covered with three films that all release on February 14. Depending on your relationship status, you might be more inclined to see a certain pick over the other two. Keep reading to see if you agree with our selections and find out more about the performances to note in each one.
If You’re in a Relationship: The Photograph
This film is a top pick for couples going the traditional route on the holiday when it comes to their movie selection. You can glean from the film’s trailer that it’s going to get steamy, with palpable on-screen chemistry between its protagonists. Issa Rae plays Mae, a woman who finds herself falling for the journalist that just so happens to be doing a story about her mother. IMDb categorizes The Photograph as a romance drama, so you can anticipate seeing how the comedy queen performs within that genre. LaKeith Stanfield portrays Michael, her love interest in the film. Stanfield is fresh off of his strong supporting roles in Knives Out and Uncut Gems, for which he played two very different characters. And come February 14, you can find out how the chameleon actor takes on the role of leading man in a romance drama.
If You’re Single: Fantasy Island
Perhaps you’ll be flying solo on Valentine’s Day. If you don’t feel like watching other people find love on the big screen whilst sitting alone in a theater packed with couples, check out Fantasy Island. It may come as no surprise that Blumhouse Productions’ film adaptation of the ‘70s TV series is rife with horror. In this version, visitors to the magical island resort may initially experience their fantasies come to life, but it’s not long before things take a nightmarish turn. There are a number of names to watch for in the film, such as Lucy Hale, Michael Peña and Ryan Hansen. But keep an especially close eye out for Maggie Q’s take on Elena, a character whose fantasy fulfillment involves a person she knew being brought back to life. Those are some high stakes to work with, especially when things get sinister. You can look forward to finding out how Q and the rest of the cast perform when their characters are pushed to their limits.
If You’re a Parent: Sonic the Hedgehog
If you have young children, your pick for a Valentine’s Day film might have to be family-friendly. Maybe you couldn’t find a babysitter, or perhaps you just love your kids so much that you want them included in your plans for the most romantic night of the year. Whatever the case may be, Sonic the Hedgehog is the choice we recommend, should you find yourself seeking a PG-rated movie on February 14. You can take in Jim Carrey’s performance as the evil genius Dr. Ivo Robotnik. And watch out for James Marsden’s portrayal of Tom Wachowski, the man who joins forces with everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog. Speaking of the latter, listen closely and you might just recognize Ben Schwartz, who voices the titular character. Between these actors’ performances and getting to see a beloved video game character come to life on the big screen, you can enjoy your family-friendly pick.
These are just our suggestions, though, and we understand that there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to cinema. Perhaps you and your significant other are huge fans of the Sega video game franchise and can think of nothing more romantic than viewing Sonic the Hedgehog together. Maybe you’re happily single, as well as curious to see if Mae and Michael end up together in The Photograph. And it could be that your family’s bonding time involves watching horror films together. If that’s the case and everyone’s of the appropriate age, Fantasy Island might be your family’s Valentine’s Day pick, should you find yourselves spending the holiday together. But regardless of relationship status, you can express your love for the cinema by catching one of the films that release on February 14.