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Whether you’re celebrating on Valentine’s Day or you’re getting an early start this weekend, we realize you’re beyond the old standby of champagne and roses. What to do with your sweetheart? This year put your worries aside because we have the ideal selection of movies to cozy up to–and a few to heat things up. Who knows, it may lead to ever more fun…enjoy!
Sin City – Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson
This neo-noir film based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel series is filled with erotic scenes thanks to barefaced performances by Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. Alba even studied the dancers at a strip club to bring authenticity to her ultra-hot number where she’s wearing chaps and not much else. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film follows the violent corrupt lives of Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and Bruce Willis.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Director Woody Allen brilliantly cast Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem in this comedy drama about two American tourists (Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall) who travel to Spain and fall for a hot painter (Bardem). Things get complicated when his insane ex-wife (Cruz) comes back into his life only to entice a polygamous relationship. This role led Cruz to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Hitch – Eva Mendes
This rom-com has a little bit of everything for the ladies and gents. The film is sprinkled with funny moments, tender moments, corny moments and a few “Ooh la la” moments. Will Smith plays a professional matchmaker who makes a living teaching men how to woo women. Guys, take notes. Eva Mendes plays Smith’s love interest and helps him realize that it’s not just about spitting game but keeping it real.
Machete – Michelle Rodriguez
Just when you think Danny Trejo is at the center of this action film you’re reminded that it’s a B movie with tons of steamy scenes with more than willing actresses ready to bare it all. Enter Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Mayra Leal (who really bares it all). Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film follows an ex-Federale who launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
Y Tu Mamá También – Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal
It just doesn’t get any racier than this. Yes, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal have a threesome. Straight from Mexico came this drama about two teenage boys on the verge of adulthood and an attractive married woman. The two attempt to seduce the married woman and convince her to join them on a trip to find a mystical beach called la Boca del Cielo (“Heaven’s Mouth”). Together they learn more than a thing or two about sex, friendships and life.
La Bamba – Lou Diamond Phillips
La Bamba is an oldie but goodie, with terrific performances all around, including Esai Morales as his older brother and rival. The film stars Lou Diamond Philips as Ritchie Valens, a rock and roll pioneer and creator of La Bamba, Come On, Let’s Go and Donna. The 1987 biographical story takes a look at Valens’ rise to fame and his sudden death.
Tango – Mia Maestro
Promoted as the most expensive Argentinian film ever made, Tango showcases famous tango dancers who appear in dark dances depicting passions, sorrows and a war ballet. Directed by Carlos Saura, the story follows Mario Suarez (Miguel Ángel Solá), a forty-something tango artist whose wife Laura has left him. He dives into his work and begins to prepare for a film project when he meets Elena, the girlfriend of his chief investor Angelo. Immediately captivated by her, an affair develops and the lines between fact and fiction begin to blur.
Carmen – Antonio Gades
If you love drama and Flamenco then this is the film to watch. Filled with exuberant dances, the plot follows modern dancers as they reenact in their personal lives in Georges Bizet’s tragic love affair, up to its lethal climax. The film was directed and choreographed by Carlos Saura and received an Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film.
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