Summer's 12 Best Movie Romances

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12. The Conjuring

Real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren were teenagers when they wed in 1945. He loved scares, she talked to spirits, so naturally they began their paranormal cleaning company. When we meet them in 1971 (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) they're a doting, long-married couple who just happen to earn their living banishing demons. What sells The Conjuring isn't the spooks -- it's the panic in Wilson's eyes when these ghosts threaten to destroy his increasingly fragile wife. --Amy Nicholson

Read the full The Conjuring movie review.

Summer 2013 was a strong season for that oft-maligned genre, the romantic comedy. Excellent films like The Spectacular Now and Drinking Buddies for the most part avoided rom-com cliches, and reinventions like Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing made timeless story lines seem fresh. Still other on-screen romances were held in unorthodox settings: A horror film (The Conjuring), a martial arts movie (The Grandmaster) and even in an edition of the Fast franchise. Compiled by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly.

Published on September 10, 2013

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