Category Archives: Romance

HOLIDAY RUSH (2019): New Trailer From Romany Malco, Stormi Maya, Sonequa Martin-Green, La La Anthony…

Holiday Rush (2019), Romany Malco, Sonequa Martin-Green, Netflix
Holiday Rush (2019), Romany Malco, Sonequa Martin-Green, Netflix

Starring Romany Malco, La La Anthony, Stormi Maya and Sonequa Martin- Green, Holiday Rush is a new Leslie Small diercted comedy / romance.

The Christmas themed story centres around a popular radio DJ (Malco) after he’s fired and has to move himself and his four spoiled children into his aunt’s house. And from his aunt’s home begins the figuring out of a plan to get back on the airwaves…

I’m in for the Christmas themes of course but perhaps even more so, I want to see how Malco’s character will rise again following the unexpected setback.

Tamala Jones, Deon Cole, Darlene Love, Roscoe Orman, Amarr M. Wooten, Jimmy Palumbo, Chris Walker, Alysia Livingston and Deysha Nelson also star.

Holiday Rush Release Dates: November 28th, 2019 (US)…

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HOLIDAY IN THE WILD (2019): The Things I Liked…

Holiday In The Wild (2019), Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Netflix
Holiday In The Wild (2019), Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Netflix

Holiday In The Wild is a fairly enjoyable film focused on the drama / romance between an elephant conservationist named Derek (Rob Lowe), and Kate (Kristin Davis), a newly jilted woman who meet for the first time while in Zambia, Africa.

Well acted and shot, I enjoyed the beautiful footage of Zambia and its majestic animals – mainly the elephants. All the festive cheer was also very welcome; especially since I’ve been in the mood for Christmas for several weeks now.

I’d say that ‘easy viewing’ is definitely the phrase for director Ernie Barbarash’s movie. I had fun even though perhaps unsurprisingly, near the start of the film I couldn’t stop seeing Davis’s Kate as the most famous character she’s ever played. None other than Charlotte York of HBO’s Sex And The City, of course. As a Charlotte fan, I can’t say that I was too mad about that.

Watch Holiday In The Wild for that easy viewing, ‘Christmassy’ vibe – set in Zambia and with Elephants!

Lastly, let me know if you too found yourself really appreciating how good a son the character played by John Owen Lowe appeared to be.

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LET IT SNOW (2019): New Trailer From Kiernan Shipka, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, ISABELA MONER…

Let It Snow (2019), Shameik Moore, Isabela Moner, Netflix
Let It Snow (2019), Shameik Moore, Isabela Moner, Netflix

Let It Snow is a comedy / romance starring Kiernan Shipka, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush and Isabela Moner.

Directed by  Luke Snellin, at the centre of the story is a group of young people in a small town on Christmas Eve who are brought together by a snowstorm…

The involvement of Moore and Shipka are the reason I’m most intrigued. This film’s premise also kind of reminds me of Valentines Day (2010) and New Years Eve (2011). Except of course that the characters are much younger.

Mitchell Hope, Miles Robbins, Mason Gooding, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, Victor Rivers, Matthew Noszka, Joan Cusack, Genevieve DeGraves and Andrea de Oliveira also star.

Let It Snow Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (US)…

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HOLIDAY IN THE WILD (2019): New Trailer From Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, John Owen Lowe…

Holiday In The Wild (2019), Kristin Davis, Netflix
Holiday In The Wild (2019), Kristin Davis, Netflix

 Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis and John Owen Lowe  are the stars of Holiday In Wild, a new drama / romance about an elephant conservationist the a woman jilted by her husband on the eve of embarking on an African safari.

 Directed by Ernie Barbarash, additional key cast includes Stevel Marc, Colin Moss, Thandi Puren, Lynita Crofford…

The beautiful elephants, the lovely Davis (a.k.a. Charlotte from Sex And The City) and the sunny location are my reasons for wanting to see this one.

I also definitely enjoyed that ‘African mistletoe‘ joke.

Holiday In The Wild Release Dates: November 1st, 2019 (US) / Internet…

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STANDING UP FOR SUNNY (2019): RJ Mitte, Sam Reid, Barry Humphries, Ella Scott Lynch…

Standing Up For Sunny (2019), RJ Mitte, Madman Films
Standing Up For Sunny (2019), RJ Mitte, Madman Films

Standing Up For Sunny is a comedy / drama / romance about Travis, an isolated guy with cerebral palsy who’s railroaded into helping an unassertive comedienne.

Directed by Steven Vidler, what Travis didn’t expect was to find love and acceptance through stand up comedy

This reminds me a little bit of Ode To Joy (2019). I’m therefore in for the story of acceptance, love and of course, the comedy.

Felix Williamson, Megan Smart, Kathleen O’Dwyer, Philippa Northeast, Jade Ryan, Samantha Skelton, Izaak Love, Rachael Leahcar, Dirk Nagel, Bronte Kellam-Pearson and Akram Joseph also star.

Standing Up For Sunny Release Dates

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ORDINARY LOVE (2019): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot…

Ordinary Love (2019), Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville
Ordinary Love (2019), Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville and David Wilmot are the stars of Ordinary Love, the new  Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn directed drama / romance about an everyday couple with a remarkable love.

A couple whose endearing devotion is clearly seen after a breast cancer diagnosis. One that sets them on a path to find the humour and grace to survive a year of adversity…

I’m ready to see this beautiful version of love and can’t wait to see Neeson in this non-action movie role.

Is this movie likely to make all single people feel more single than ever before? Absolutely! So let’s get ready to ‘suffer’ for this very promising piece of art.

one more thing… unsurprisingly perhaps, but I simply can’t see the the words ‘ordinary love’ and not instantly think of Sade’s beautiful classic, No Ordinary Love. You’re welcome.

Fo Cullen, Chloë Ní Dhúada, Matthew Sharpe, Vivien Monory, Stella McCusker, Desmond Edwards, Maggie Cronin, Melanie Clark Pullen, Geraldine McAlinden, Lalor Roddy, Esh Alladi and Amit Shah also star.

Ordinary Love Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (UK); …2019 (US)…

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RADIOACTIVE (2020): New Trailer From Rosamund Pike, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard…

Radioactive (2020), Rosamund Pike, Studio Canal UK
Radioactive (2020), Rosamund Pike, Studio Canal UK

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Radioactive stars Rosamund Pike, Anya Taylor-Joy and Aneurin Barnard.

Satrapi’s film is the biography of Marie and Pierre Curie; a pair whose scientific discovery of radium went on to win the Nobel Prize in 1903…

Before this trailer, I’d definitely heard of the Curies. I just couldn’t quite remember what their precise scientific accomplishments are. The shame!

Luckily, with the help of this movie, hopefully I won’t forget again.

Simon Russell Beale, Sam Riley, Jonathan Aris, Corey Johnson, Mirjam Novak, Harriet Turnbull, Demetri Goritsas, Cara Bossom, Tim Woodward, Indica Watson and Peter Sztojanov Jr. also star.

Radioactive Release Dates: March 20th, 2020 (UK)…

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LONG SHOT (2019): The Things I Loved…

Long Shot (2019), O'Shea Jackson Jr., Seth Rogen
Long Shot (2019), O’Shea Jackson Jr., Seth Rogen

In my entire history of film watching, the very talented Mr. Seth Rogen has only ever let me down one time. I’m of course speaking in terms of his involvement in a movie that turned out to be quite the disappointment. The really great news today though, is this: That absolute letdown of a movie  I’m referring to is definitely not director Jonathan Levine’s latest comedy / romance, Long Shot.

Starring Rogen, Charlize Theron, Alexander Skarsgård and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot is a film I was always going to see because the cast are among my favourite filmmakers. I just wasn’t sure how the finished product would turn out, considering the somewhat unexpected pairing of Rogen and Theron in a story about an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush. Particularly considering that his crush just happens to be one of the world’s most powerful and unattainable women. 

My initial lack of confidence probably also had something to do with the trailer somehow not being able to truly convey – for me at least, just how the movie was going to play. Luckily, to my very pleasant surprise, I had a great time. The dialogue, pace, story and tone all added up to a beautifully choreographed film that delighted me. I liked it so much it almost made me feel as happy as I was when I first discovered the magic that is Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).

In terms of what I liked a little less, I vaguely recall the laughs slowing down a tad past the half way point, but that’s barely a complaint now, is it? The bond between Jackson Jr. and Rogen’s characters, Skarsgård’s Prime Minister character, the role played by Andy Serkis and of course ‘Queen Theron;’ all just wonderful. 

Definitely, definitely watch Long Shot if you haven’t already. I certainly won’t be forgetting all the elements it got just right, any time soon.

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