It’s that time of the year again and just as all the shop windows mimic each other’s cringe-inducing red displays and cheesy slogans, we’re grateful a few peeps out there haven’t lost their sense of humour. Three movies. Three venues. And three perfectly valid excuses to skip the overpriced Valentine’s restaurant menu – complete with corny heart-shaped dessert.

Beavis and Butt-Head do America – Mike Judge (1996)

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All our love goes to whichever genius at the Cinematek elected to program the 90s cult comedy Beavis and Butt-Head Do America on the most romantic of Hallmark holidays. Ideal for nostalgics who might have forgotten that once upon a time, MTV had so much more to offer than cringing reality shows and blingtastic videos.

Monday 14th February at 8pm
Cinematek
Rue Baron Hortastraat 9
1000 Brussels
+32 (0) 2 551 19 19
cinematek.be

True Grit – Joel & Ethan Coen (2010)

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Although its official release is scheduled for 16th February, Coen brothers fans are in for a treat this Sunday. The Bozar has scheduled an advance screening of their latest feature, an adaptation of Charles Portis’ classic novel and remake of Henry Hathaway’s 1969 western. Don’t expect a chuckle fest along the lines of The Big Lebowski or Burn After Reading, but the Coens’ signature dark humour lies in this commercial and critical success.

Sunday 13th February at 6pm
Bozar Centre for fine Arts, Henry Le Boeuf Hall
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels
+32 (0) 2 507 82 00
bozar.be

Planeta Bur (The Planet of Storms) – Pavel Klushantsev (1962)

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Nothing says: “I’m cool without even trying” like taking your beloved one to see a Soviet sci-fi film in an art house cinema. Especially one that has been hailed as the finest exercise in this genre of its era, featuring lo-fi special effects, volcanic eruptions, huge animals, hostile plants and a giant robot.

Sunday 13th February at 10pm
Cinema Nova
Rue d’Arenbergstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0) 2 511 24 77
nova-cinema.org