Like Crazy (February 10/13)
Like Crazy details the romance that ensues between two young adults, American Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and British Anna (Felicity Jones), and follows the couple as they attempt to overcome a series of problems and difficulties (including Anna's ongoing issues with her visa). Filmmaker Drake Doremus gets things off to an impressively engrossing start, as Like Crazy opens with an authentic look at the first-date awkwardness that ensues between Jacob and Anna - with the movie subsequently adopting a plotless vibe as it details the early days of the couple's relationship. The film's atmosphere of palpable realism certainly plays an integral role in its early success, with the strength of the central performances going a long way towards perpetuating Like Crazy's irresistibly watchable feel. It's just as clear, however, that the movie's midsection doesn't fare quite as well as its opening half hour, as Doremus devotes the majority of this stretch to Jacob and Anna's solo exploits - which, given the impressive chemistry between Yelchin and Jones, ensures that one's interest wanes slightly during this portion of the proceedings. By the time the watchable yet comparatively less-than-intense final half hour rolls around, Like Crazy has established itself as an uneven endeavor from a promising new filmmaker - with, in the final analysis, the movie's problems outweighed by its raft of compelling elements.