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    Tribeca 2015: ‘Man Up’ Fails to Woman Up

    At 34, Nancy (Londoner-accented Lake Bell) is a flakey journalist on the reluctant look for love at the pestering of friends and family. Through a case of mistaken identity hinging on a self-help book, she winds up on a date turned epic day with Jack (Simon Pegg), an online marketing manager. Charming, right? It’s this on-the-nose “charm” which will divide audiences into lovers and haters (with this viewer falling more towards the latter). In spite of a stellar cast, Man Up falls flat on its promising premise of being a rom-com for nonbelievers. More

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    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ hired too many cooks

    There are hints of understated charm and elegance sprinkled throughout The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Moments when two people, battered and bruised by life, share some genuine insight about the human condition. Unfortunately, those moments are lost amid a frenzy of unnecessary storylines and cartoonish complications. It’s a treat to see these veteran actors playing off each other, but you’re better off staying at a different hotel. More

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    Sundance 2015: A flabby script yields bad ‘Results’

    It’s about midway through the new romantic-comedy Results that you realize the filmmakers have no clue what they’re trying to accomplish. Writer-director Andrew Bujalski loves his script so much that he doesn’t realize it’s unfilmable. There are three main characters, two separate stories, and zero reasons to care about what’s happening. With so many talented people doing perfectly good work on the screen, it’s baffling how this movie could be such a complete mess. More

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    Sundance 2015: You should abstain from ‘Sleeping with Other People’

    With each new inferior romantic-comedy, you come to appreciate the delicate brilliance of When Harry Met Sally just a little bit more. Sleeping with Other People is a particularly egregious offender because it borrows so heavily from the classic. Though it tries very hard (too hard) to please, it can’t overcome its faulty premise, miscast leads, and ill-conceived gags. This is a rom-com with very few laughs and even fewer romantic sparks. More

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    ‘Top Five’ delivers raunchy, heartfelt laughs

    Top Five Written & Directed by Chris Rock USA, 2014   Chris Rock’s new tour de force, Top Five, is so cleverly written that you don’t even realize it’s a romantic-comedy until the deed is nearly done.  By that point, even the coldest, most cynical man is powerless to resist its charms.  Smart, nasty and […] More

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    ‘What If’ is an observant little charmer

    What If Written by Elan Mastai Directed by Michael Dowse Ireland/Canada, 2013 While the new indie rom-com, What If, has a serious aversion to conflict, it’s also inescapably charming.  A strong cast delivers enough laughs and cheeky irreverence to elevate this otherwise breezy tale to more delightfully cynical heights.  You probably won’t remember it in […] More

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    ‘Begin Again’ is pure pop perfection

    Begin Again Written and directed by John Carney 2013, USA Movies that make you feel good on their own terms are a rare breed.  John Carney’s latest film, Begin Again, doesn’t need to pander or lobotomize itself to entertain you.  It doesn’t need villains twirling their mustache or hysterical spouses throwing plates against the wall […] More

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    Movie Trailer: Adam Sandler in ‘Just Go With It’

    Are you getting sick of generic Adam Sandler romantic comedies yet? Obviously movie studios are not. Sony has just released the trailer for Just Go With It, starring Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, and Mr. Funny Guy himself, Adam Sandler. This film is directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess […] More

  • Must Love John Cusack: The Biting Reality of Inspiring RomComs.

    Romantic Comedies promise love through impossible and inspiring circumstances; the first person you kiss always seems to be your soul mate, and the person you are supposed to marry is always left at the alter when you realize who you really wanted was the casual friend who has been there all along. Modern romances seemed […] More

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    Just for Laughs 2009 – Paper Heart

    Paper Heart Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec A peculiar blend of romantic comedy, documentary, and mockumentary, Nicholas Jasevonec’s Paper Heart is a charming, unique concoction that, to its detriment, doesn’t offer very much to linger on once the lights go up. The film “begins” as a straight documentary, with its principal subject (comedian Charlyne Yi, playing […] More

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