11. Before Midnight
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Release Date: May 24
It's the original Star Wars trilogy for art-house enthusiasts who prefer their on-screen romances complicated, not wishy-washy. Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, The School of Rock), who also co-wrote both with stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) chronicled the complex yet loving relationship between strangers-turned-suitors Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy).
Living in Paris, Jesse and Celine are the parents of twin daughters dealing with his ex-wife and her career transition. Slightly less optimistic than its predecessors, Before Midnight focuses on love's darker side, the time when what used to feel so natural (i.e., communication and chemistry) feels like a labor of pain (i.e., shouting matches and other domestic quarreling).