Romance films

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She Is Love review – ex-pop star and ex-wife meet again in flimsy romcom
Sam Riley and Haley Bennett are acrimonious exes staying at the same remote hotel in Jamie Adams’ directionless film that sees great talent go to waste

Peter Bradshaw

30, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Sublime review – refreshingly understated queer coming-of-age tale
Avoiding schmaltzy pitfalls, this moving drama about two friends on the verge of adulthood offers a modern ideal of masculinity

Phuong Le

30, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Why we need to see fat actors as objects of romantic desire in mainstream films | Letters
Letter: It’s hard to stomach the feeling that the world sees my husband as some pervert for finding me attractive, says one reader

29, Jan, 2023 @6:40 PM

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Rye Lane review – engagingly cartoony romcom on the streets of south London
A chance meeting between two jilted strangers leads to chaotic imposture and a vinyl rescue mission in this freewheeling feature debut from director Raine Allen Miller

Peter Bradshaw

24, Jan, 2023 @8:30 AM

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Past Lives review – delicately sad romantic drama is a real achievement
Playwright Celine Song makes her film debut with a beautiful, aching story about childhood sweethearts reconnecting

Benjamin Lee in Park City

22, Jan, 2023 @12:38 AM

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Shotgun Wedding review – Jennifer Lopez hits the spot in goofy romcom
In this likable spin on the genre, Lopez’s wedding to a sensitive baseball player runs aground when a boatful of armed men arrive

Peter Bradshaw

19, Jan, 2023 @5:00 PM

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Streaming: the best hopeful films for a new year
It’s time to embrace positivity – from the underdog idealism of Rocky to the transcendent A Matter of Life and Death and the gloriously morbid optimism of Harold and Maude

Guy Lodge

31, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The best New Year’s Eve scenes – ranked
We trawl acres of celluloid for the best New Year’s Eves, from romcoms and musicals to gangster flicks and comedies, from parties-for-two to hellishly elaborate dance sequences

Stuart Heritage

29, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Best films of 2022 in the UK: No 5 – Licorice Pizza
Paul Thomas Anderson’s funniest film yet makes stars of newcomers Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim as unlikely lovers in 1970s LA

Peter Bradshaw

19, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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I stumbled into a real-life meet-cute, Bridget Jones-style, so why couldn’t I go through with it? | Bidisha Mamata
A handsome, stranded man asked me for help with his car on a snowy night, a perfect scene for a movie

Bidisha Mamata

17, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Streaming: the best crowd-pleasers​ to watch this festive season
Tired of It’s a Wonderful Life? This Christmas, try feasting with family and friends on recent films ranging from Top Gun: Maverick to Pinocchio and The Banshees of Inisherin

Guy Lodge

17, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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A Love Song review – a sparse, wistful gem
Dale Dickey and Wes Studi shine in Max Walker-Silverman’s beautifully low-key tale of two lonely people

Wendy Ide

11, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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