Category Archives: Romance

YOU PEOPLE (2023): New Trailer From Kenya Barris, Starring Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nia Long, Lauren London, David Duchovny…

You People (2023), Lauren London, Jonah Hill, Netflix
You People (2023), Lauren London, Jonah Hill, Netflix

The latest from Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Nia Long and David Duchovny is a comedy/Romance directed by and co-written by Kenya Barris.

You People is a story about modern love, family dynamics and clashing cultures through the experiences of a new couple as they get to know each other’s families.

The comedy talent is the main reason I need to see this. Especially the pairing of Eddie Murphey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The latter happens to be my favourite comedic actress. And the former is responsible for my introduction to stand-up comedy as an art form, thanks to a smash hit comedy special called Raw (1987).

I’m expecting a handful of laughs and some tense but very entertaining dinner table moments. I can only imagine how much fun they all had filming this.

Will you be watching You People? Whose performance are you most interested in seeing?

Travis Bennett, Deon Cole, Elliott Gould, Mike Epps, Yung Miami, Bryan Greenberg, Khadijah Haqq, La La Anthony, Rhea Perlman and Molly Gordon also star.

You People Release Dates: January 27th, 2023 (US & UK)…

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CHRISTMAS WITH YOU (2022): The Things I Liked…

’Tis the season for Christmas movies, isn’t it? Even though I’ve been known to watch a Christmas film in March, July, or August, there is just something extra special about seeing one at this time of year, when the Christmas lights are up.

Christmas With You is the first Christmas film I’ve seen of the 2022 season, and I’m not mad at it. Today the mood was right. Plus, I hadn’t seen Freddie Prinze Jr. in a movie for quite some time. I reasoned that if the star of She’s All That (1999) – a fun film I enjoyed as a teenager is involved, there has to be something a little extra special about this story. Not always a fail-safe plan, of course. But luckily for me, I was right about director Gabriela Tagliavini’s story about a pop star who escapes to a small town to find inspiration after experiencing burnout in the city.

Christmas With You may not be my favourite seasonal movie of the year once the season ends. However, the acting is decent, the Christmasy atmosphere is ever-present, and, perhaps equally importantly, I enjoyed the Christmas song composed and performed towards the end of the story. 

Give Christmas With You a chance if you’re curious. That mood for an easy-viewing Christmas film may hit you in the coming days and weeks. That’s if it hasn’t already.

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ROSALINE (2022): The Things I Liked…

Rosaline (2022), Bradley Whitford, 20th Century Studios
Rosaline (2022), Bradley Whitford, 20th Century Studios

One of the best things about streaming services is that when you encounter a portion of a film/show that you’re disinterested in, you can skip right ahead to the parts that fully engage you. 

I generally don’t fast-forward most movies, but I did at least once with Rosaline, the new Karen Maine-directed comedy/romance, which functions as a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. 

In Maine’s story, this time, as you may have guessed, the protagonist is not Romeo but instead Rosaline, Romeo’s love interest before his beloved Juliet. 

Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Bradley Whitford, Isabela Merced, Minnie Driver, Sean Teale and Kyle Allen, Rosaline is an easy-viewing experience that often serves up giggles and smiles for its audience. Charming, satisfying and creatively reimagined are some words that fit.

It would have been better if I never had to skip forward that one time as Rosaline played. Still, I’m happy to have been amused. And with that, I say, watch Rosaline if you’re especially curious to see a re-write of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

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EMPIRE OF LIGHT (2022): New Trailer From Sam Mendes, Starring Olivia Coleman, Colin Firth, Micheal Ward, Toby Jones…

From director Sam Mendes, human connection and the magic of cinema are the subject of new drama/romance Empire of Light.

Set n an English seaside town in the early 1980s, Colin Firth, Micheal Ward, Olivia Coleman and Toby Jones star

I’m ready for the dialogue, cinematography and that special magic that exists in all Mendes films. That moment when I’m joyful to be experiencing a great moment on screen. The kind which reconfirms that this medium really is the true perfect amalgamation of all the arts.

It sure is starting to look like 2022 is the year of movies about movies, right? First, we had the rather fun Official Competition. Now, Empire of Light, and of course, Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans.

There are only 3 months left of this year but what do you think the chances are that at least one more film about movies is on the way? Quite likely, probably. I think I’ll be happy as long as it’s not too much like Hail, Caesar! (2016).

Tom Brooke, Monica Dolan, Sara Stewart, Crystal Clarke, Tanya Moodie, Hannah Onslow, George Greenland and also star

Empire of Light Release Dates: December 9th, 2022 (US); January 13th, 2023 (UK)…

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BRIDGERTON – SEASON TWO (2022): Episode One, World Premiere…

Bridgerton Season 2, (2022), Simone Ashley, Netflix
Bridgerton Season 2, (2022), Simone Ashley, Netflix

At the Bridgerton Season two World Premiere in London’s Tate Modern this week, there were many highlights to take in. Not least of all, the Bridgerton inspired fashion show, venue decorations, and of course, interviews with key cast and creators. 

The first season focused on the fourth Bridgerton child, Daphne Bridgerton, and her love story with the Duke of Hastings. 

The main focus of season two is the eldest Bridgerton child, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. Specifically his entrance into the marriage market and the fun dynamic between the Viscount and the older Sharma sister, Kate (Simone Ashley).

Having seen episode one of season two, I’m almost certain that the undeniable chemistry and fun dialogue between Anthony and Kate will be the main highlight.

No doubt the costumes, music, romance and humour will hold my attention. But, Anthony and Kate’s exchanges did take me back to Casino Royale (2006), specifically James Bond and Vesper Lynd’s conversation on the Eurostar. 

Let’s hope that the episodes that follow are only more and more engaging come Friday, March 25th, 2022. 

Are you looking forward to this promising new season? I know I’m ready to be pleasantly surprised.

Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: 25th March 2022, Netflix

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THE LOST CITY (2022): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt…

Directed by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee; The Lost City follows Sandra Bullock as reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage.

While on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum), they both get swept up in a kidnapping attempt that results in a cutthroat jungle adventure. One that has an additional key cast that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

How fun does this look? And what a perfect entrance for Pitt’s character. I haven’t been this happy to see one of my favourites since Keanu Reeves showed up in the Always be my Maybe (2019) trailer.

I’m in for all the fun, the promise of amusement and the chemistry between this rather pleasant surprise of an ensemble.

Patti Harrison, Raymond Lee, Héctor Aníbal, Thomas Forbes-Johnson and Danny Radhames Vasquez Castillo also star.

The Lost City Release Dates: March 25th, 2022 (US)…

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HE’S ALL THAT (2021): The Thing I Liked…

As a fan of the 1999 comedy/romance, She’s All That, I decided to watch director Mark Waters’s/Netflix 2021 remake He’s All That.

Starring Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peyton Meyer and Matthew Lillard, He’s All That is a movie about cool high schoolers and their bet to give an ‘uncool’ fellow pupil the ultimate makeover.

I knew that the chances of finding myself impressed by the end of the movie weren’t great. Yet, I tuned in anyway because the first film was fun, and I was curious about TikTok star Addison Rae’s acting skills.

The 1999 movie wasn’t perfect, but it’s arguably better. I say this because there were cringe-worthy moments, thanks to some questionable acting, plus cheesy and highly cliché dialogue.

As for the things I did like, I enjoyed all the colour, Matthew Lillard’s stage moves at the very end; probably the most, if not the only engaging and exciting dancing in the entire film, sadly. All the other moves and music in the redo of the classic dance battle scene from the first film just weren’t as exciting. 

All in all, He’s All That is something you watch, only if you absolutely must. And I do mean ABSOLUTELY MUST.

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REMINISCENCE (2021): New Trailer From Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Natalie Martinez…

Reminiscence (2021), Hugh Jackman, Warner Bros Pictures
Reminiscence (2021), Hugh Jackman, Warner Bros Pictures

In new romance/sci-fi/thriller Reminiscence, Hugh Jackman is Nick Bannister; a scientist who’s discovered a way to revive your past; an ability he decides to use to find his long-lost love.

Written/directed by Lisa Joy, additional key cast includes Thandie Newton, Rebecca Ferguson and Natalie Martinez.

As a forever fan of The Greatest Showman (2017), my favourite musical, I’m happy to see Jackman and Ferguson on screen together again. I already can’t wait to meet the ‘long-lost love’ character and learn about what’s going on with her.

Reminiscence looks like one of those movies that has a ‘the-making-of’/behind-the-scenes featurette that I’m going to want to see.

Lastly, anyone else get the semi-strong Inception (2010) vibes from this trailer?

Angela Sarafyan, Cliff Curtis, Brett Cullen, Daniel Wu, Teri Wyble, Thomas Francis Murphy, Marina de Tavira, Sam Medina, Mojean Aria, Jules Hartley and Sue-Lynn also star.

Reminiscence Release Dates: August 18th, 2021 (UK); August 20th, 2021 (US)…

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