The classic tale of the mistreated girl who overcomes her misfortunes with a pure heart and belief in all good things to come, while stealing the heart of the young prince, Starring Lilly James and Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Whether you’re a little boy or girl, or a mature adult; everyone knows the story of Cinderella! And this exceptional score of the story that had captured the hearts of millions of girls is produced in a way that would make anyone fall in love with it once again. The deep heartfelt performances and genuine character development make this one classic Disney retelling a one not to miss.
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
An adorable alien crash lands on earth after escaping authorities and befriends a Hawaiian girl who teaches him good manners while believing he’s a puppy the entire time. Remember the days when you used to watch hand-drawn animation? Well Lilo and Stitch was one of the last movies of the renaissance animated Disney era that stole the hearts of millions; adoring cute little stitch as he wreaks havoc and then learns the meaning of family. This Disney flick, Directed by Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders, will have you wishing you’d have your own little pet alien and maybe travel to Hawaii as well, while smiling over every scene.
500 Days of Summer (2009)
To perfectly sum up this film, Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Directed by Marc Webb, we’d use one of the opening lines of the dialogue when the narrator states “This is not a love story, this is a story about love.” And what a story it is! The story of a young man who falls in love with a rather complicated girl and the 500 days of their relationship. Naturally quirky, funny and sweet; this rom-com will have you see relationships in a completely different perspective, and might just make you believe that being in a relationship that doesn’t work out isn’t always a bad thing. If not for anything else; this movie is a must watch, just for its unforgettable musical number and “Expectations vs. Reality” scene. You’ll thank me later ladies and gentleman!
Indiana Jones (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark: An archeologist travels the world to uncover the secrets of an ancient ark as he faces Nazi forces attempting to obtain wealth and power. Starring (the legend) Harrison Ford and (the equally as legendary) Steven Spielberg, this movie might be more for the gents but I guarantee you’ll never quite see an adventure like this one! Packed with gritty action, humor and an old-school romance; you’ll fall in love with this timeless classic as you go through Dr. Jones’ first adventure and uncover the secrets that unfold. This is truly the best choice for all of you seeking an escapist thrill ride, and it might just have you thinking that maybe being an archeologist isn’t that boring after all.
How To Train Your Dragon and HTTYD 2 (2010-2014)
The tale of a young Viking boy who bonds with an adorable dragon and how they both overcome their fears to become who they’re meant to be. If you’re thinking that I’m sort of cheating by fitting two films into one slot, well, you might be right! But coming back to animation; both movies (beautifully crafted and more profound and sincere than many other live-action films) are nothing short of masterpieces. And I bet you won’t be able to resist falling in love with Toothless and his bond with Hiccup. Directed by Dean Deblois, such animation sagas will play with your heartstrings and make you wonder how you ever missed them. Watch both back to back for a truly heart warming experience.
The Longest Ride (2015)
A story by Nicholas Sparks, known today as the mind and heart behind some of the greatest romantic stories ever written, telling about the lives of a young couple intertwining with a much older man’s; as he reflects back on a past love and the challenges he had to overcome same as the couple face their own challenges. The thought-provoking characters and genuine belief in romance of Nicholas Sparks has made him one of the most well-known novelists in the world. And while not all of his book adaptations are as deep; The Longest Ride, Starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood, is by far one of the most beautifully adapted of his novels. The performances are sincere, the characters are likable and the story is relatable in more than a single way. For all romantics out there, this is your new NOTE BOOK! And for those who avoid romance in their lives, this just might soften you up a bit and put you in that jolly romantic mood.