Romance

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  • What If

    Movie Review | Becky Suter | 21st August 2014

    The world of rom-coms is a fickle one; for every When Harry Met Sally there's The Other Half (starring Danny Dyer, it's on Netflix) or something-or-other starring Isla Fisher tripping over a lot. Whilst it's not going to break new romantic ground, the likeable leads and overwhelming sweetness of What If won me over. God I hate myself sometimes.

  • Mood Indigo

    Movie Review | Christopher Ratcliff | 6th May 2014

    I don't know about you, but I like my romantic comedies to be like a punch in the dick. Just a really sharp jab to my tenderest parts. I've had enough of all the mealy-mouthed cooing of your standard rom-com. Where's the cruelty? Where's the misanthropy? Where's the fear of mortality? Who cares about love when one of you is just going to die and leave the other one with a massively expensive hospital bill anyway?

    Finally asking all the questions that Friends With Benefits and Failure to Launch didn't ask is Michel Gondry's endlessly twisting and sadistic Mood Indigo. A film that hates love, hates its protagonists and hates you even more.

  • Broken Embraces

    Movie Review | Anna | 1st September 2009

    Penelope Cruz isn't a human being, she's a work of art. Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar certainly recognises this and Broken Embraces is a love letter to Ms Cruz's exquisite face. It radiates from the screen, sorrowful and fragile at times, occasionally gleeful or mischievous, but always enchanting.

  • The Ugly Truth

    Movie Review | Ali | 2nd August 2009

    Put down that well-thumbed copy of Cosmo, gentlemen: here we have a rom-com that finally promises to preach 'the truth' about love. Thank goodness! It's a well-known fact that, until Richard Curtis invented the romantic comedy, men and women didn't have the first clue how to pro-create - they basically just walked around with th...

  • 14 movie romances that are actually incredibly creepy

    Movie Feature | Ali | 1st August 2009

    How many times have you been dragged to a romantic comedy only to realise something is very, very wrong with the whole concept? Time was, you'd agree to see a rom-com on the promise of sex, wait until the heroine realises her boyfriend is an asshole, then you'd take your girl home to show her what true love was really all about. (*chest bump*)

  • The Proposal

    Movie Review | Rich | 27th July 2009

    The Proposal is a strange film. It's exactly what you'd expect of an update to Grard Depardieu's Green Card and yet for every occasion when it complies with one of the inevitable clichs demanded by its genre, there's a moment of subtle character development that implies that its creators really should be producing a stronger p...

  • Let The Right One In

    Movie Review | Steven | 4th May 2009

    The world hasn't come down yet from the whole Twilight extravaganza: not only is the sequel in production, it seems that they are getting ready to prepare parts three and four of the franchise. But before Twilight fever sinks its fangs in us again, along comes a vampire movie cut from a different cloth entirely. Let the Right...

  • I Love You, Man

    Movie Review | Ali | 4th May 2009

    Just how likeable is Paul Rudd? Let's put it this way: I rate all my friends in units of Rudd. (That guy? He's a three-Rudder. Her? Half a Rudd. And so on.) I'm hard pushed thinking of another comedian that comes across as quite so effortlessly chummy on screen, which is why the concept of Paul Rudd trying to find a male best fr...

  • Marley & Me

    Movie Review | Ali | 11th March 2009

    Rather like how Jennifer Aniston 'comedy' The Break-Up wasn't actually a comedy at all, the former Friend is heading up another fake-out - sold as a warm and bright shaggy rom-com, Marley & Me is actually a thoroughly depressing drama following man, woman and hound as they grow old together. Cat people likely won't give two smal...

  • Confessions Of A Shopaholic

    Movie Review | Anna | 24th February 2009

    It seems that any female New Yorker worthy of screen time must be a writer or an aspiring writer - see: Betty Suarez (Ugly Betty), Carrie Bradshaw (Sex And The City), Andy Sachs (The Devil Wears Prada) - so we're already on familiar ground with Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher), a journalist in the Big Apple. Rebecca starts out...