Synopsis: When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Thoughts: I suppose every generation needs its own adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love torn apart by conflict, right? Though the storyline has been borrowed for many a film (most recently in the clever zom-com Warm Bodies), the last big-time screen appearance was in 1996 with Baz Lurhman’s love it or leave it Romeo + Juliet which catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio and its director to true cinematic stardom. Will it do the same for either or both of the two young actors in this new adaptation by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows? Released just in time for the back-to-school crowd to swoon over, this looks like a more faithful but no less stylish take on the Bard’s tragic masterpiece.