The first date: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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You kids. Isn’t this nice. For your first date you’re after something light, something fun, something that isn’t going to overtake the real point of this trip to the cinema, which is to get to know each other a bit. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is reliable. No matter how many times it goes wrong, the theme park tycoons of the Pacific island of Isla Nublar keep trying to play God. In this fifth Jurassic Park film, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard attempt to relocate and protect the dinosaurs from the last disaster (the very fun Jurassic World). Needless to say, things go a bit wrong. Look, you’re not expecting a masterpiece. But you’ll have plenty to talk and laugh about after, and if all else fails, you got to see some dinosaurs. Love, uh, finds a way.
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The is-this-a-date? date: Thelma
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You’ve been out a couple of times, but were they really dates? Now is the time to realise your romantic ambitions. Try a Norwegian supernatural teenage lesbian coming-of-age film, perhaps. Teenager Thelma, who has grown up under the religious eyes of her parents, moves to the big city for college and several things wake in her: she falls in love with a girl in her class and discovers her dormant psychic powers. There’s a scariness to sexual awakening and a sexiness to the supernatural, and this moody and mesmerising film doesn’t hold back on either, with plenty of elements of classic horror, including bits of Carrie and Hitchcock. All that burgeoning sexuality and psychic energy … what could go wrong?
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The politically woke date: Amateurs
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You want to show your date that you’re a thinker; that you’re not afraid to engage with the issues such as class, multiculturalism and globalisation. But you want to do this through a Swedish comedy. Amateurs is set in a small, past-its-prime Swedish town on the verge of becoming home to a new retail chain’s head office. To woo the new investors, they plan to commission a film about the village’s charms. A couple of high school kids take up the challenge, showing perhaps more than the council bargained for. It’s a warm, funny and thoughtful film, and it certainly doesn’t hurt the date prospects that this event screening at Palace opens with a Swedish cocktail and a little light music.
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The golden anniversary date: The Wife
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Congratulations! You’re very sweet together, especially after all these years of doing each other’s washing and finishing each other’s sentences. You’re robust by this stage, which is good, because The Wife isn’t an easy, celebratory film. Jonathan Pryce plays an esteemed author being honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Glenn Close plays his loyal wife. But just what sorts of sacrifices has she had to make to prop up a man all these years? Here’s a chance to see two older, esteemed actors getting the sorts of complex roles they deserve.
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The post-divorce hangout date: A Horrible Woman
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Couples in the beautiful early stages of love might skip this section. A Horrible Woman isn’t for you. For those at the tail end or after … well, it’s nice you’re still friends. Things may have started, well, all passion and sex, but for Rasmus and Marie, the bad in their relationship far outweighs the good. The title sounds one-sided and sexist, but the film doesn’t pick sides – both have blame to shoulder for this disastrous pairing. Marie is manipulative and domineering. Rasmus is submissive and unreliable. You might find this cathartically familiar.
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This article was updated on October 22, 2018.

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