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Drawbacks, fantasticating turns in romantic drama

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WOODLEY. Believably vulnerable and felt portrayal.

“Love story” was a big hit when it was screened many years ago, so it’s no surprise that a younger version thereof, “The Fault In Our Stars,” has been produced for today’s generation of young viewers, and that it’s also doing well at the tills.

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Soul mates

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IGUAL AND ROQUE. Opposites attract

The 1970S film, “Love Story,” starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal, popularized the line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The beautiful relationship depicted in its story could describe the bond forged between Evie Roque and Manuel Jose Igual.

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Unfinished love story in search of a happy ending

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GONZAGA AND PASCUAL. Maturing acting chops.

Olivia Lamasan’s latest cinematic triumph, “Starting Over Again,” is about an e-mail sent four years into the future—and an unfinished love story in search of a happy ending. The romance between its sender, history professor-turned-chef Marco Villanueva (Piolo Pascual), and its respondent, architect Genina Gonzales (Toni Gonzaga), starts auspiciously—but, the provocateur in Lamasan judiciously breaks conventions by turning Star Cinema’s predictable happily-ever-after formula on its head.

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Unconventional romance examines relevant teenage issues

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DEELEY AND  CAMERON. Portray male star-crossed lovers in “Geography Club.”

The star-crossed lovers of Gary Entin’s “Geography Club” (showing next week, Feb. 5) have no trouble admitting their growing affection for each other—but, going public about it is another matter, because their love story is by no means “conventional”: Closeted Russell Middlebrook (Cameron Deane Stewart) is both brainy and brawny, and he’s comfortable staying “under the radar” as he struggles to find his sexual identity.

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Unusually beguiling twist for ‘ordinary’ love story

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MCADAMS AND GLEESON. Liberating spirit of shared generosity.

We had the bad luck of watching two filmic duds in a row last month, so when we lined up to catch “About Time,” we hoped against hope that disasters didn’t come in threes! —Well, thanks goodness, they don’t.

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