Yesterday (2019) will make all your troubles seem so far away for a couple of hours at most

Yesterday Review

Reassuringly hagiographic for baby boomer Beatles fans, Richard Curtis’ latest rom-com is a slight musical fantasy that succeeds thanks to the warmth and likeability of its leads. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling musician who’s just about ready to call time on his ambitions when he’s involved in an accident during a mysterious worldwide … Continue reading Yesterday (2019) will make all your troubles seem so far away for a couple of hours at most

Hot Air (2016) Review

Winner of the Comedy Vanguard Jury Award at the Austin Film Festival 2016, “Hot Air” is a quirky and gentle romantic comedy which starts with…ahem…a bang. ‘Major’ (Jere Burns) is an incorrigible conman who fakes his own death under his real name to get the authorities off his tracks only to discover he has a … Continue reading Hot Air (2016) Review

In & Out (1997) Review

Frank Oz’ 1997 romantic comedy “In & Out” is a bit of a curiosity, simultaneously ahead of and firmly of its time. A frothy, light-hearted comedy about homosexuality and coming out was a bold move then but now…well, now it’s hard to see it being made at all. When Midwestern high school teacher Howard Brackett … Continue reading In & Out (1997) Review

Trainwreck (2015) Review

Anyone who’s at all familiar with her successful TV sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer” would have had a good idea of what to expect from “Trainwreck”. What they might not be expecting is the unexpectedly sweet core of the movie as Amy tempers her provocative and anarchic comedy style with some genuine character driven romance … Continue reading Trainwreck (2015) Review

Man Up (2015) Review

Enjoying a cinema release in America today and available on home media in the UK right now, "Man Up" - like "I Give It A Year" before it - is a lightweight British Rom-Com seeking to tap into that early Richard Curtis 'Four Weddings' vibe. When Nancy (Lake Bell) accidentally steals someone else's blind date, … Continue reading Man Up (2015) Review

What If (2014) Review

There’s something undeniably self-satisfied about “What If” (originally titled "The F Word"), a trait which would be alienating enough if it weren’t already an awkward mix of ‘Friendzoned: The Movie’ and the combined efforts of the Toronto and Dublin tourist boards. Revisiting the well-worn trope of ‘can men and women ever just be friends?’, the film … Continue reading What If (2014) Review

Not Another Happy Ending (2013) Review

After “Doctor Who”, but before “Oculus”, Karen Gillan appeared in this modest, modern yet old fashioned romantic comedy about a novelist, her publisher and her screenwriter boyfriend. Although it didn’t really get a wide cinema release it’s available to rent or buy on DVD now. When a small publishing house run by French editor Tom … Continue reading Not Another Happy Ending (2013) Review

I Give It A Year (2013) Review

Richard Curtis deserves a lot of credit for “I Give It A Year”. Not because he wrote it, but because it shows just how difficult it actually is to write a charming British Romantic Comedy and how good he actually is at it. The film tries too hard to be whimsical and relies too heavily … Continue reading I Give It A Year (2013) Review