Tag Archives: romcom

Much Ado About Nothing review

Directed by Joss Whedon Adapted for the screen by Whedon from the William Shakespeare play For those who have been suffering from heat exhaustion or the pummelling that accompanies seeing large-budget action movies every week through the summer, this is for you. Delivered by one of those self-same blockbuster directors—though it's pretty hard to imagine… Read More

Celeste and Jesse Forever review

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack There's that saying that if you can't find a good job you should make one. If you're an actor, it means writing yourself a role. That's what Rashida Jones has done here in Celeste and Jesse Forever, a well-made indie romcom that cleaves… Read More

Ruby Sparks review

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Written by Zoe Kazan Ruby Sparks is almost two movies, or, at least, starts as one and then becomes another. That's a neat trick if it's done well as it is here. The first movie is a light, magic-realist romcom as you can see by the trailer. You… Read More

To Rome With Love review

Written and directed by Woody Allen It used to be that I'd think, well, Woody Allen gets unfairly bad reviews because everyone is always comparing him to his own work. And how can you hold him to his best, his Annie Halls, Manhattans and Purple Rose of Cairos? I do it too, but I almost… Read More

Crazy, Stupid, Love review

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Written by Dan Fogelman Oh, I had high hopes for Crazy, Stupid, Love. The directors' previous work includes Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris, both genre-pushing in their own ways. And then there's this cast, which assembled for a romantic comedy would tend to suggest a superior… Read More

No Strings Attached review

Directed by Ivan Reitman Screenplay by Elizabeth Meriwether from a story by Michael Samonek and Meriwether They could have called this movie Friends With Benefits. In fact, I think that was the working title of this picture. However, there's a movie with that title coming later in 2011, starring Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman's Black… Read More

How Do You Know review

Written and directed by James L. Brooks Lisa (Reese Witherspoon, perky and adorable as a shih tzu) is an American softball star—if such a thing can be said to exist. At 31 she's just a little past her prime, dealing with being cut from her team. She meets Matty (Owen Wilson, who, to continue the… Read More

Love and Other Drugs review

Directed by Edward Zwick Written by Zwick, Charles Randolph and Marshall Herskovitz from the novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy I'm surprised that Love and Other Drugs is being buzzed about with potential Oscar consideration. Maybe the performances have a shot, but I'd say it's a long one. I… Read More