- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 10, 2005

Single and hating it this Valentine’s Day weekend? Here are five movies that will make you feel that you’ve successfully avoided the plague. You can go back to feeling depressed Tuesday.

The War of the Roses — Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner play hateful spouses in a pitched battle to see who will leave the house first. Quite possibly the mother of all unromantic movies.

We Don’t Live Here Anymore — Last year’s steamy adultery melodrama, based on short stories by French writer Andre Dubus. Two couples, two affairs. Four messed-up lives. Any questions?

Closer — The trailer’s tagline says it all: “If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.” Mike Nichols’ double-dealing foursome will make you lose faith in faithfulness.

Fatal Attraction — Mr. Douglas again. He gets around — in this case, with Glenn Close as a maniacally obsessed book editor who can’t or won’t understand the plain meaning of the words “I’ll call you.” Watch out for rabbit parts amid your chocolate hearts.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf — The ultimate dogfight over the question “Can this bad marriage be saved?” Edward Albee, author of the source material, seemed to think so by the curtain. However, the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton alliance, a virtuoso comedy act in this vehicle, was to suffer irreparable breakdown.

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