Tag Archives: Romance

Message in a Bottle

A STORY OF LOVE LOST AND FOUND. Chicago journalist Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn) finds a bottle washed ashore containing a message; after reading it, she is so moved that she decides to track down the man who penned it. The first film based on one of Nicholas Sparks’s schmaltzy novels is a simple, sweet … Continue reading Message in a Bottle

Little Black Book

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TEMPTED TO LOOK INSIDE HIS…? Stacy (Brittany Murphy), an associate producer on a trashy TV talk show, starts snooping into the background of her tight-lipped boyfriend (Ron Livingston). Sometimes there comes along an idea for a romantic comedy that is so stupid one can only shake one’s head. As Stacy keeps … Continue reading Little Black Book

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

SAME BRIDGET. BRAND NEW DIARY. Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is very happy with Mark (Colin Firth), but trouble is brewing in the shape of jealousy – and the return of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). This sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) is the kind of film that doesn’t demand your full attention. Never abandoning the formula, … Continue reading Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

The Terminal

LIFE IS WAITING. When his passport is revoked and the authorities forbid him from leaving the JFK airport, East European tourist Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) creates a life for himself in the terminal. It’s really a tragic story, but Steven Spielberg nevertheless comes up with a romantic comedy. It may be a bit too saccharine, … Continue reading The Terminal

Snow Falling on Cedars

FIRST LOVES LAST. FOREVER. Sometimes a filmmaker tries to cover too much material and misses the point. Here, director Scott Hicks takes on a romance between a Japanese-American girl and a white boy, the internment camps during WWII and the murder trial that follows the death of a local fisherman in a small northwestern community. … Continue reading Snow Falling on Cedars

Sweet November

SHE JUST NEEDED A MONTH TO CHANGE HIS LIFE FOREVER.  San Francisco ad man Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) reluctantly shares an apartment with the very free-spirited Sara Deever (Charlize Theron) who picks a new male companion every month. The two stars reunited after The Devil’s Advocate (1997) for this remake of the 1968 film. Theron … Continue reading Sweet November