For many, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday that can be used as an excuse to shower the person you love with care and affection… but not everybody is into that. Whether it’s because of a recent break up or a general "down with love" mentality, some folks do what they can to try and escape the festivities that tend to surround February 14. It’s with those latter folks in mind that we have built this list, highlighting many of the great, and appropriate, movies you should check out on AMC Theatres On Demand.
Ready or Not
A couple’s wedding night is meant to be one of the most joyous moments in their relationship, but things don’t really swing that way in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s READY OR NOT. Instead, because she marries into the wealthy and game-loving Le Domas family, Grace (Samara Weaving) finds herself running for her life in her wedding dress as her in-laws try to upend a curse by playing out a deadly game of hide-and-seek. It’s an absolute trip, and a must-see for any horror-comedy fans.
A Simple Favor
There's a love triangle of a unique variety buried in the plot of Paul Feig’s A SIMPLE FAVOR, but the fact that it’s built up through acts of deception and treachery makes the film a wonderful candidate for this list. Anna Kendrick is phenomenal as an innocent, lonely widow who finds herself trying to track down her missing best friend, and the surprises never stop coming.
A film with what is really the perfect "sick of love" title, Peyton Reed’s THE BREAK-UP starts with a great actor pairing, as Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston are well-matched for the story. What unfolds is both a funny and emotional look at what it’s like for both parties in a relationship to disconnect from their partner.
Love doesn’t get much darker than its depiction in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL, which sees a marriage dissolve in arguably the worst possible way. On the day of his wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is shocked to discover that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), is missing, and making matters much, much worse is that all evidence points to his guilt. You’ll never see all of the twists in this one coming, and the performances are aces.
There actually is a sweet love story at the heart of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s JOHN WICK, as a huge part of the titular character’s base emotional state is being devastated by the death of his wife… but let’s be real: Nobody is watching this film for the romance. This movie is about revenge and heart-stopping action, and it absolutely delivers, with Keanu Reeves giving one of the best performances of his career and crafting yet another iconic character.