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Valentines Day [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5043 ]
Review: Valentine's Day brings some of the most bipolar emotions to the surface... yes, love is a complex thing. You can have a Valentine's slasher about a bloodthirsty psycho in a mask killing teens for the sheer thrill of it or a Valentine's slusher like the sickly sweet I Hate Valentine's Day starring, directed, written and conceived by Hollywood's favourite Greek (next to Zorba), Nia Vardolos. Either way, there's bound to be carnage on the battlefield of love, whether a masked killer is trying to se...

Bright Star [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4898 ]
Review: Bright Star is a Jane Campion film, based on a three year romance between poet, John Keats and Fanny Brawne, starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. Campion's best known for The Piano and The Portrait of a Lady, averaging a film every three years. While the early '90s could be described as her heyday, she seemed to lose some of the sparkle with more contemporary films like Holy Smoke and In The Cut. Bright Star marks a return to classic Campion cinema with a real-life love story to rival Romeo &...

(500) Days of Summer [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6627 ]
Review: (500) Days of Summer, surprisingly... is not about surfing. Unless of course you equate the game of love with the ocean, in which case there are plenty of fish in the sea and you've got to catch the ultimate wave, because only a surfer knows the feeling. Whether that feeling's the euphoria and sense of oneness afloat one of nature's most powerful elements or being unashamedly dumped like yesterday's newspaper, it all feeds back to one love. Now before you get too far ahead of yourself, (500) Day...

Cheri [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4016 ]
Review: Chéri is Michelle Pfeiffer's movie. She's the star, the prime cougar and the backbone to this romantic drama set at the turn of the century with European upper classes in the throes of the excessive period known as Belle Epoque. Chéri, a second-rate "homonym" for 'Sherry' and 'Cherry', is an apt title for this period piece, which delves into the social and cultural excesses of the time, by indulging in the romantic and erotic affair between Lea (Pfeiffer), a renowned seductress and Chéri (Fri...

Hes Just Not That Into You [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4458 ]
Review: He’s Just Not That Into You is a star-studded comedy, drama and romance. The ensemble boasts names such as: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, and introduces Ginnifer Goodwin into the fray. The film is an adaptation based on a book of the same title, written by Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt. The title “He’s Just Not That Into You” is taken from a line in one of the Sex in the City episodes, and one can see a...

Last Chance Harvey [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6565 ]
Review: Last Chance Harvey is a sweet, romance drama in the throes of a mid-life crisis, directed by Joel Hopkins and starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Hoffman and Thompson so enjoyed working together on Stranger Than Fiction that Last Chance Harvey seemed inevitable. It’s a Before Sunrise for 50-somethings, as an American commercial “jingle” composer travels to London for his daughter’s wedding to make amends with her, only to find her stepfather has taken precedence in her life. What ...

Adam [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5926 ]
Review: First there was Adam and Eve... which just goes to show that most relationships are anything but a fairy tale. We can't blame Eve for accepting the apple and we can't blame Adam for offering the apple. Love is a complex business and this romantic notion is the focus of Adam. Not the semi-naked guy from the garden of Eden, the guy in the astronaut suit... would've been a knight in shining armour, but to say he likes astronomy would be an understatement. Adam has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition t...

What A Girl Wants [ 2003 ] [ Hits:3707 ]
Review: What A Girl Wants is a movie based on the play, ‘The Reluctant Debutante’ by William Douglas-Home as an American girl (Bynes) travels to London to meet her estranged father (Firth), who happens to be a wealthy politician running for office. The film has some parallels with Cinderella, and even makes several references to the fairy tale. The movie has a similar feel to The Princess Diaries, and welcomes another young star to the fray. Amanda Bynes is quite the find, and is like Jennifer Anis...

The Ugly Truth [ 2009 ] [ Hits:7119 ]
Review: Ah The Ugly Truth... women fall head over heels and men fall for women that make them look twice. The whole Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus game of male/female interactions has been discussed at length and whichever way you look at it... there just doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Well, that's what we thought until we watched What Women Want, as Mel Gibson discovered he had the gift. Now the flip side of the coin is exposed and girls you're not going to like it. Prince Charming is ...

The Jane Austen Book Club [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3358 ]
Review: The Jane Austen Book Club does for Jane Austen what Shakespeare in Love did for William Shakespeare. Both author and playwright are deceased, yet their work remains timeless. The themes are so entrenched in the human condition that they continue to revive the words again and again. There have been countless adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, and Jane Austen’s novels are following this pattern. The Jane Austen Book Club doesn’t take us back to her day like Becoming Jane, but keeps the sett...

Lars and the Real Girl [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3781 ]
Review: A delusional young guy embarks on an unconventional relationship with an anatomically-correct doll he finds on the Internet. To say that Lars and the Real Girl isn’t an ordinary love story is an understatement. Most people would expect the movie to be raunchy, what with a sex doll shacking up with a lonely guy. However, it isn’t and this may disappoint some people and bring a sigh of relief to others. Lars may be delusional, but he’s actually trying to grapple with the concept of women. He...

What Happens in Vegas [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4034 ]
Review: After a debaucherous night out in Sin City, a couple find themselves married and $3 million richer… What Happens in Vegas is your typical romantic comedy Hollywood formula. This time Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher take the leads, supported by a host of familiar faces in Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Dennis Farina and Queen Latifah. Kutcher has been involved in a number of these ‘lucky in love’ movies and it would be good to seem him tackling something with a bit more grit. He plays Jack like he...

Made of Honour [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3478 ]
Review: Made of Honour is yet another romantic comedy from the heart-shaped Hollywood trinket box. The film gets a few extra marks for tackling the “best man is better” and “best friend lovers” from a different angle, but nothing has really changed as a ladies man tries to win his best friend’s heart over after she asks him to be her Maid of Honour. The best man/maid of honour switch provides most of the comic material and tends to fuel the film to its lame conclusion. The comedy is comprised ...

New in Town [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3543 ]
Review: New in Town is a sweet, formulaic romantic comedy starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. in a snowbound Minnesota town called New Ulm. Zellweger plays Lucy Hill, a suit executive, who gets a bum job out in freezing Minnesota. She’s been commissioned to make lay-offs and instigate a new product line in the sleepy little town, which relies on the factory. The new gal in town struggles to fit in with her city ways, but eventually grows accustomed to the locals and their folksy warmth. He...

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3739 ]
Review: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a predictable, formulaic, high concept romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey (Failure to Launch) and Jennifer Garner (13 Going On 30) and directed by Mark Waters (Just Like Heaven). The cast have seen better days and at best Ghosts of Girlfriends Past would have measured up to 6 out-of-ten. McConaughey is cast as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and womanizer, while Jennifer Garner is the high school sweetheart and one that got away. This is mind-numbing en...

Because I Said So... [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3716 ]
Review: Because I Said So has got to be one of the most irritating films I have ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, I generally enjoy most light-hearted romantic comedies, but this movie ruined my good track record. It isn’t warm, it isn’t loving, it isn’t funny - all the traits you look for in a good “romcom”. Before leaving the cinema, I described it as a hedonistic, kitsch, family edition of Sex in the City. What I forgot to add was that it was full of deception, lies with an overriding irrita...

The Tiger and the Snow [ 2005 ] [ Hits:3282 ]
Review: Roberto Benigni is known for Life is Beautiful, a film that won Oscars and moved millions in its depiction of the Holocaust. The Tiger and the Snow is a similar story. However, Benigni is a poet and instead of taking care of his son, he’s taking care of his Vittoria. He finds himself stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion. Why? Attilio loves Vittoria, and is willing to do anything because of his feelings for her. In some ways, he’s the same upbeat optimistic man from Life is Beau...

Music and Lyrics [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3186 ]
Review: Music and Lyrics stars Hugh Grant as Alex Fletcher, and Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher. This funny, entertaining and romantic film is written and directed by Marc Lawrence who has plenty of romantic comedy writing experience under his belt including: The Out-of-Towners, Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice. Lawrence worked with Grant in Two Weeks Notice, and has been linked to several Sandra Bullock films. It shows. Lawrence is no stranger to the genre, and neither are Grant or Barrymore.This...

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