You may think romance is code for “chick flick,” but that’s not always the case. Yes, “The Jane Austen Book Club” is the very definition of the term, but there are also unorthodox romantic comedies, such as the Steve Carell-starring “Dan in Real Life” and the latest Tyler Perry film, in which he leaves his Medea dress in the closet. Approach this category with an open mind and you might find something to warm your heart.
“Across the Universe”
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Max Carrigan, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. CarpioDirector: Julie TaymorStory: Set in the 1960s, this movie musical uses Beatles songs to tell the story of Jude (Sturgess), who travels to America to find his father. There he falls in love with Julie (Wood). But when her brother Max (Anderson) is drafted and sent to Vietnam, they joy of the ’60s is left behind as they join the protests. Buzz: According to IMdb.com, preview audiences were not happy with Taymor’s (“Frida”) original cut of the film. Revolution Studios head Joe Roth stepped in and recut the film and, according to L.A. Weekly reporter Nikki Finke, the recut version received an 86 percent favorable score when it was shown to a Phoenix, Ariz., audience. The movie combines live action with animation. Web site: http://www.acrosstheuniverse.com/ Release date: Sept. 14