Category Archives: Romance

THE PRINCESS SWITCH (2018): New Trailer From Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Suanne Braun, Sam Palladio…

The princess Switch (2018), Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens
The princess Switch (2018), Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens

A week before Christmas, a Chicago baker meets a soon-to-be princess who looks exactly like her. They decide to trade places and before too long, they get more than comfortable in their new lives.

Directed by Mike Rohl; the key cast of The princess Switch includes Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Suanne Braun, Sam Palladio…

As clichéd and cheesy as this clearly is, I’ll probably still watch it because the Christmas season is a time for cheesy, romantic movies that ‘I couldn’t possibly…’ during other times of the year.

Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar, Mark Fleischmann and Adi Gheo also star.

The Princess Switch Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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FIVE FEET APART (2018):New Trailer From Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani…

Five Feet Apart (2019), Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson
Five Feet Apart (2019), Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

Starring Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani and directed by  Justin Baldoni; Five Feet Apart is the story of two teenagers with life threatening illnesses who meet in a hospital and fall in love.

I wouldn’t mind learning a thing or two about cystic fibrosi (CF) in a dramatic film. My biggest burning question isn’t really about CF though. It’s… ‘How different is this movie really, compared to the huge success that was The Fault In Our Stars (2014)?’

Parminder Nagra, Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Emily Baldoni also star.

Five Feet Apart Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC (2019): New Trailer From Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, Adam Devine…

Isn't It Romantic (2019), rebel Wilson
Isn’t It Romantic (2019), rebel Wilson

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson; Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra and Adam Devine are the stars of new comedy / romance Isn’t It Romantic.

This ones the story of a young woman disenchanted with love who mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy…

I already like this more than expected. The colours and silliness are the reason.Fingers firmly crossed for a good result.

Betty Gilpin, Faith Logan, Shyrley Rodriguez,  Michelle Buteau, Doris McCarthy, Marija Juliette Abney, and, Sawandi Wilson also star

Isn’t It Romantic Release Dates: February 14th, 2019 (US)…

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THE AFTERMATH (2019): New Trailer From Keira Knightley, Aleksander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke…

The Aftermath (2019), Alexander Skarsgård
The Aftermath (2019), Alexander Skarsgård

Directed by James Kent; The Aftermath is a World War II drama / romance starring  a Keira Knightley, Aleksander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke.

At the centre of the story is a British colonel and his wife who are assigned to live in Hamburg, Germany during the post-war reconstruction. Tensions soon arise between them and the German who previously owned the house…

It’s probably too early to say it but I may already have my favourite trailer of this month. This story looks so very compelling thanks to the edit, music, cast, etc. There’s also the fashion. I’m definitely already loving all the clothes and coats on Knightley.

Kate Phillips, Jannik Schümann, Fionn O’Shea and Tom Bell also star.

The Aftermath Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (UK); April 26th, 2019 (US)…

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HERE AND NOW (2018): New Trailer From Renée Zellweger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Baker…

Here And Now (2018), Sarah Jessica Parker
Here And Now (2018), Sarah Jessica Parker

Directer Fabien Constant’s Here and Now stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a singer in New York who finds a new perspective on her life and dreams following grim diagnosis.

Other key cast includes Renée Zellweger, Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Potts…

Seems like the kind of interesting human story I could enjoy. The mix of acting talent is kind of  unexpected whilst holding some promise.

Lastly, I find curious about Parker’s singing voice – assuming that we’ll get to here it in the movie.

Here & Now Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (US)…

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NAPPILY EVER AFTER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Nappily Ever After (2018), Sanaa Lathan
Nappily Ever After (2018), Sanaa Lathan

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Nappily Ever After is the story of an African American woman named Violet; particularly her journey to self love / acceptance through her relationship with the hair that naturally grows out of her head.

Starring Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle and Lyriq Bent, I watched this one because I too have been on my own journey with my afro hair and wanted to see if Violet’s story reflected mine in any way. The similarities are in regards to my experience of some people’s perception of afro hair. Another similarity is my own fantasies and long term wish for my  tightly curled hair to be easier to manage – but without first needing to chemically treat it or actually shave my head.

What I enjoyed most about Nappily Ever After is the self love and acceptance message. A message worth internalising for every human being, regardless of the hair on their head. In fact, it reminded me of one of my favourite quotes of all time by writer / feminist Audre Lorde… ‘If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.’ 

I think overall, the most memorable moment in the movie will always be the scene where Violet shaves her head and all that it meant for her journey.

I only wish that Nappily Ever After hadn’t been quite so predictable in parts. Nevertheless, I say watch it if you’re curious enough about this particular journey of self love and if you just don’t quite get what the big deal about afro hair may be. This movie doesn’t have all the answers, but it’s certainly a start.

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WHERE HANDS TOUCH (2018): New Trailer From Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg
Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg

Written / directed by Amma Asante (Belle 2013) and inspired by true events, Where Hands Touch is the story of Leyna, a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

Key cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

The phrase ‘inspired by true events’ has me wondering about the actual truth that inspired this story. This movie may move me as much as Belle did. What I’m almost certain of is that this story is going to break my little heart.

Tom Goodman-Hill, Alec Newman, Olivia Vinall, Will Attenborough and Simon Harrison also star.

Where Hands Touch Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US); 2018 (UK)…

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WAITING TO EXHALE (1995): The Things I Liked…

Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston
Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston

Directed by Forest Whitaker (I had no idea he directed! The shame…) and based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name, Waiting To Exhale tells the story of four very different female friends and their relationships with the opposite sex.

Starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, this one’s perfect for a fun ‘girls night in.’ There’s comedy, romance,  drama – definitely drama and the kind of female relationships that remind you of how great it is to have reliable girl friends. Whitaker’s film smartly deals with a number of recognisable and well-acted predicaments faced by many women seeking a life partner.

The entire cast performed well and a major highlight without a doubt is Bassett’s portrayal as ‘a woman scorned’ in an unforgettable and very quotable scene. I first watched Waiting To Exhale when I was eighteen years old. I didn’t know it until this most recent viewing but this movie, along with a few other memorable Bassett films really helped form part of what makes me the independent and empowered lady that I am today. No wonder I love Bassett so!

Waiting To Exhale is clearly a number of things to me. It’s also a good reminder of a couple of truths. Firstly, that we should never take leave of our senses when presented with the option to get involved with a married man. Second, one must always think twice, thrice, then think again and then some more before sacrificing one’s own dreams for someone else’s. 

The friendship dynamic between the women brought Sex & The City to mind and I just love the way the film’s  strong sisterhood theme is beautifully punctuated by a perfect ending. Watch it for the sisterly love, the moments of humour and that good Angela Basset scene! Did I mention that the soundtrack for this movie was a massive success?

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