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Should You Spend V-Day with J-Law?

February 14, 2013

Don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day? Fear not. How about hanging out with Jennifer Lawrence? No, I’m not talking about seeing Silver Linings Playbook; although she’s fine with a capital F in it (and will probably win an Oscar for it), I wasn’t mad about the movie. You can stay in the comfort of your own home and spend the night with J-Law in House at the End of the Street, an underrated little horror flick that was released post-Hunger Games last fall and is now available on VOD/DVD/Blu-Ray.

Like Lawrence herself, HATES is smarter than it needs to be and full of surprises. She stars as a slightly surly high-school girl who moves to a new town with her freshly divorced mom (a well-cast Elisabeth Shue) and soon befriends the pariah next door (Max Thieriot, who’s like a younger, more socially awkward Ryan Phillippe). His parents were allegedly murdered by their deranged daughter, who disappeared in the woods and has been presumed dead. But he still lives in the big old house all by himself (or does he?).

Written and directed by nobody you’ve ever heard of, House at the End of the Street is packed with twists I didn’t see coming, including a switcheroo ending that would make M. Night Shyamalan drool. But it’s Lawrence’s bracingly self-confident presence that makes it so damn watchable. (The fact that she spends the last half-hour of the movie is a tight white tank top doesn’t hurt either.)

In short, it’s more than enough to satisfy your J-Law craving until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, due in November. Or at least until she reteams with Silver Linings‘ Bradley Cooper as a Depression-Era married couple in Serena, currently slated for September. Geez, back-to-back romantic roles opposite Jennifer Lawrence? That’s enough to give any guy a Winter’s Bone.

Who’s your cinematic Valentine this year? Post a comment!

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