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Short Reviews: FIRE ISLAND (2022); MOONSHOT (2022); LANGUAGE LESSONS (2021); BAKERY IN BROOKLYN (2016); SAVING FACE (2004)

Choose a title from the list below or scroll down to read them all: FIRE ISLAND (2022)MOONSHOT (2022)LANGUAGE LESSONS (2021)BAKERY IN BROOKLYN (2016)SAVING FACE (2004) FIRE ISLAND (2022) From the chatter I'd been hearing online I expected this to be a euphoric romp of a rom-com centered on Asian men that manages to not lose … Continue reading Short Reviews: FIRE ISLAND (2022); MOONSHOT (2022); LANGUAGE LESSONS (2021); BAKERY IN BROOKLYN (2016); SAVING FACE (2004)

Olivia, in an off the shoulder form fitting white dress, stands in profile on the red carpet as she cradles Antonio's face in her hands. He is wearing black pants, a white button down, and his blue Valet vest. He's looking over his shoulder so that the white VALET letters are clearly visible. Behind them is a red rope cordoning off the reporters with flashing cameras. Above it says EUGENIO DERBEZ SAMARA WEAVING HUHLU THE VALET: NEVER JUDGE A COUPLE BY THEIR COVER

Review: THE VALET (2022) Has Comedy, Chisme, and Quite A Bit of Commentary

You can trust that people are going to get all excited about how The Valet "breaks the rom-com mold" and "doesn't use the same old rom-com tropes," and is therefore just so much better and smarter and funnier. They need to settle down because this movie, which is pretty fun and funny, does rely on … Continue reading Review: THE VALET (2022) Has Comedy, Chisme, and Quite A Bit of Commentary

Eli and Auden standing on a beach at night looking at each other while fireworks explode in the sky. Along for the Ride A Netflix Film is in white letters in the sky. "Tomorrow Begins Tonight." is in the lower left corner.

Review: I’m Glad I Went ALONG FOR THE RIDE (2022)

If you're a fan of coming-of-age stories and you like your romances without the usual mountains of misogyny then you should probably hop on board for Along for the Ride. No, it's not as winsome as To All the Boys I've Loved Before, to which it will inevitably be compared because Sofia Alvarez is the … Continue reading Review: I’m Glad I Went ALONG FOR THE RIDE (2022)

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Review: Is A PERFECT PAIRING Your Kind of Comfort Watch Rom-Com?

When I saw the trailer for A Perfect Pairing I raised my fists in triumph and shouted, "What do we want? Mediocrity! Where do we want it? Streamed immediately into our eyeballs!" To be fair, mediocrity sounds too negative. What I really meant was a middle-of-the-road comfort-watch rom-com with a breathtaking background location and a … Continue reading Review: Is A PERFECT PAIRING Your Kind of Comfort Watch Rom-Com?

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Shortish Reviews of Movies I Did Not Enjoy: AMOR DE MADRE (HONEYMOON WITH MY MOTHER) (2022); DEATH ON THE NILE (2022); F*CK LOVE TOO (2022); LICORICE PIZZA (2021); SENIOR YEAR (2022)

Choose a title from the list below or scroll down to read them all: amor de madre (Honeymoon with my mother)(2022)DEATH ON THE NILE (2022)F*CK LOVE TOO (2022)LICORICE PIZZA (2021)SENIOR YEAR (2022) Amor de madre (Honeymoon with my mother) (2022) What an absolutely bizarre concept for a movie. Perhaps there is a way to make … Continue reading Shortish Reviews of Movies I Did Not Enjoy: AMOR DE MADRE (HONEYMOON WITH MY MOTHER) (2022); DEATH ON THE NILE (2022); F*CK LOVE TOO (2022); LICORICE PIZZA (2021); SENIOR YEAR (2022)