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STRAIGHT UP (2019): New Trailer Starring James Scully, Katie Findlay, James Sweeney, Randall Park…

Straight Up (2020), James Sweeney, Katie Lindsay
Straight Up (2020), James Sweeney, Katie Lindsay

Straight Up, a romance / comedy minus the copulation. Why? Because this is the story of an odd couple whose romantic friendship develops out of intellectual chemistry rather than sexual attraction.

Written, directed by and starring James Sweeney; additional key cast includes Randall Park, Katie Findlay, James Scully…

The premise certainly intrigues me. And I already like the dialogue, costumes, framing and cinematography. Now fingers crossed that the end result will be delightful.

Tracie Thoms, Cayleb Long, Grace Song, Betsy Brandt, Laura Ortiz, Logan Huffman, Hillary Anne Matthews, Brendan Scannell, Ken Kirby, Ozioma Akagha and Dana Drori also star.

Straight Up Release Dates

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Always Be My Maybe (2019), Keanu Reeves, Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019), Keanu Reeves, Netflix

Always Be My Maybe, a comedy about childhood sweethearts who reconnect after they fell out fifteen years ago is quite funny and features a handful of moving but not too overly  sentimental scenes. 

As was the case with the trailer, Keanu Reeves entering the frame is one of the best moments for me because, well, it’s Keanu Reeves – but also because his character is funny and the music that plays as he enters the room could not have been more perfect.

The entire cast led by Ali Wong and Randall Park all perform well and the second most memorable moment for me is the lovely speech delivered at the red carpet event near the end.

There are just two things in director Nahnatchka Khan’s film that had me wanting. Firstly, with the exception of the great music that plays when we first meet Reeve’s character, I found a noticeable absence of music in most scenes when compared to other comedy / romance movies. It’s a thing I wished I didn’t notice because it would probably mean I was too busy being fully engrossed in everything happening on screen with the characters. Secondly, this is just my preference when it comes to comedy / romances but, I missed the rhythm, attitude / atmosphere and music that I often enjoy in a J.Lo movie of the same genre. 

Even with all the above said, give Always Be My Maybe a chance because Reeves is fun and you may just like it more than you expect. 

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2019): New Trailer From Ali Wong, KEANU REEVES, Randall Park, Daniel Dae Kim…

Always Be My Maybe (2019), Ali Wong, Randall Park, Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019), Ali Wong, Randall Park, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Always Be My Maybe (2019)


Always Be My Maybe is a new comedy starring Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim.

Directed by Nahnatchka Khan, it’s the story of childhood sweethearts who reconnect after they fell out fifteen years ago. Except now, one of them is a celebrity chef and the other a happily struggling musician who lives at home working for his dad…

I’m definitely ready for the humour, sights of San Francisco, Keanu Reeves in a comedy role, what is possibly a great soundtrack and a story about a woman living her best life; professionally at least.

I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one who was ‘mouth wide open surprised’ and very happy when Reeves showed up at the end.

Charlyne Yi, Miya Cech, Susan Park, Karan Soni, Marcella Bragio, Ashley Liao, Karen Holness and James Saito also star.

Always Be My Maybe Release Dates: May 31st, 2019 (US)…

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AQUAMAN (2018): New Trailer From Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park…

Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard
Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard

In Aquaman, Jason Momoa is Arthur; a man who learns of his position as heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Arthur must step forward to lead his people and become a hero to the world.

Directed by James Wan; key cast includes Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park…

I’m in for the visual spectacle and to see Momoa do a good job.

The cast also includes Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe.

Aquaman Release Dates: December 14th, 2018 (UK); December 21st, 2018 (US)…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Aquaman (2018).

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SNATCHED (2017): There’s Something I Liked…

Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer
Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer

The trailer for Snatched, an action comedy about a mother / daughter adventure in South America had me a little hopeful.

Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and directed by Jonathan Levine, I didn’t like the end product as much as I’d hoped I would. There are a few welcome unexpected twists in the story and a funny piece of dialogue approximately every twenty five minutes that I enjoyed. Yet, overall, Snatched is slow in pace and largely unbelievable and not adequately fun or executed well enough. 

You may watch Snatched and find it less disappointing than I have, perhaps. However, should you want an action / comedy that isn’t necessarily completely believable yet executed in a way that makes the lack of believability a non-issue, try The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).

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THE HOLLARS (2016): The Thing I Liked – Sharlto Copley’s Performance…

The Hollars (2016), Sharlto Copley, John Krasinski
The Hollars (2016), Sharlto Copley, John Krasinski

Directed by John Krasinski, The Hollars is a comedy / drama about a son returning to his small town after his mother falls ill. Not the most obvious premise for comedy but there are laughs to be had with Krasinki’s latest directorial effort. Besides the good humour, especially courtesy of Sharlto Copley’s brother character, I enjoyed the film’s portrait of family, sibling dynamics and all the good performances from all the cast.

Written by Jim Strouse who also wrote one of my favourites, People, Places, Things (2015)Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Margot Martingale and Randall Park also star.

The Hollars is fitting for when you’re in the mood for a relaxing drama / comedy with a little splash of romance – nothing too taxing.

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SNATCHED (2017): New Trailer From Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn…

Snatched (2017), Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer
Snatched (2017), Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Snatched (2017).


Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s new  action / comedy Snatched  centres around a mother daughter adventure in south America, and the following trailer makes it look rather good…

My fingers are crossed that this is even better than I anticipate. I figure that I can be a little hopeful since Spy (2015) was great and some of the producers behind that worked on this.

Ike Barinholtz, Randall Park and Christopher Meloni also star.

Snatched Release Dates: May 12th, 2017 (US & UK); May 18th, 2017 (GER)…

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OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY (2016): New Trailer From Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Jason Bateman…

Office Christmas Party (2016), Jennifer Aniston
Office Christmas Party (2016), Jennifer Aniston

Office Christmas Party is the latest comedy from Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn and Jason Bateman. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, the story includes a bunch of grownup office workers partying hard and behaving quite badly…

Ill advised as it may be, Jennifer Aniston and my love for her work on Horrible Bosses (2011) is the key reason I’ll be tuning in. Not that I  want a carbon copy but I’d much rather this movie be like Horrible Bosses than  The Night Before (2015). The former was brilliant but the latter, not so much…

May this also be nothing like Sisters (2015), a movie similar to The Night Before in the way that it features grownups unconvincingly doing things and behaving in ways that would make sense for teenagers.

Office Christmas Party Release Dates: December 9th, 2016 (US & UK)…

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