Romance films

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50 First Dates: this sweet-hearted gem is among Adam Sandler’s finest work
The 2004 goofball romcom starring the endlessly bankable pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore has its problems but is still full of charm and chemistry

Nathan Jolly

21, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Cha Cha Real Smooth review – a wry romcom that’s shamelessly manipulative
In his second film, whiz-kid Cooper Raiff gives himself another starring role as an adorable bar mitzvah host who meets Dakota Johnson’s older woman

Wendy Ide

18, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Father of the Bride review – slick comedy remake piles on the charm
Andy Garcia joins Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin as the latest stubborn dad reluctantly taking his daughter up the aisle in a mostly likable Latino update

Benjamin Lee

16, Jun, 2022 @6:06 AM

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Cha Cha Real Smooth review – Dakota Johnson has all the right moves
Johnson and newcomer Vanessa Burghardt carry this flawed but watchable comedy-drama from writer-director Cooper Raiff, who also stars

Peter Bradshaw

15, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Fire Island review – breezy gay spin on Pride and Prejudice fails to ignite
There are winning performances and some sharp moments in Andrew Ahn’s queer take on Jane Austen’s romantic comedy but it’s hampered by missteps

Guy Lodge

02, Jun, 2022 @2:53 PM

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Decision to Leave review – Tang Wei stuns in Park Chan-wook black-widow noir
Park’s tale of a married detective torn between infidelity and moral duty keeps the viewer off-balance at every turn

Peter Bradshaw

23, May, 2022 @6:18 PM

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Girls’ School: Taiwanese queer gem is hopelessly devoted to teenage passions
Lee Mi-Mi’s intoxicating film, which sits in a rich cinematic tradition of all-girls’ schools, with their homoerotic tensions, as social microcosms, earns a rare screening this week

Phuong Le

23, May, 2022 @12:13 PM

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The Road Dance review – a sweeping Hebridean weepie
On the eve of war, a young woman is hit by a double disaster in this unabashed Scottish melodrama

Wendy Ide

22, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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One Fine Morning review – Léa Seydoux sparkles in poignant drama
Mia Hansen-Løve returns to Paris with this powerful drama about a single mother torn between emotionally unavailable men

Peter Bradshaw

20, May, 2022 @8:22 AM

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The Road Dance review – boiling fury in tale of rape and denial in the Hebrides
There’s a wild rage against the backdrop of amazing landscape in an adaptation of John MacKay’s novel about a sex assault in a crofting community

Cath Clarke

16, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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In Short, Europe: Loving Encounters review – small and sweet chunks of Euro love
Small and mostly sweet, this short film selection buoys us up in the wake of the pandemic with an upbeat view of relationships

Phil Hoad

07, May, 2022 @8:44 AM

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Along for the Ride review – Netflix teen romance is missing a spark
The latest film from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before scribe Sofia Alvarez hits the beats of a rom-com without much heart or heat

Adrian Horton

06, May, 2022 @7:35 AM

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