2. "Safety Not Guaranteed" (FilmDistrict)

While films like "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World" and "Silver Lining’s Playbook" showed some serious romantic tendencies this year, both have to bow before the passionate prowess of the lessor known "Safety Not Guaranteed."  A love story masquerading as a time travel tale, what makes Safety rise above the frilly emotional fray are the realistic performances within.  Especially effective is the connection between disillusioned college gal Aubrey Plaza and crazy but harmless grocery clerk turned time traveller Mark Duplass as two opposites that genuinely attract in a surprisingly real fashion. Big name stars are no guarantee – stellar movie romance works best without a safety net.

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