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6.5

Good

Bad Moms 2

Bad Moms was an unexpected treasure of a film for me. Following three Mums giving the middle finger to the competitiveness and pressure of being the ‘perfect mum’, it was excellently timed, comedic genius. You can see my full thoughts on it here. Bad Moms 2 aka A Bad Moms Christmas, unfortunatel...

5.5

Meh

Home Again

Ok. OK. OKAY. I don’t quite know what to make of Home Again.  I know one thing for sure though, Reese Witherspoon hasn’t aged a day since Legally Blonde (daaaamn guuurrrrl). Enough about the good things in this movie, let’s have a little peek into where it went wrong. The basic set up is t...

10

Experience this

The Big Sick

Louise: As a genre, rom coms get a bad rap for being cheesy, cliche and predictable. When you suggested we review this, I was like “come on Lucy, a romantic comedy?” And then I saw how highly rated it was on Rotten Tomatoes so I was like “Okay, I’ll give this a shot.” And guess what? I loved it. Lucy: I’ve ...

4

Could do without

Table 19

Table 19 is the table in the far back corner of the wedding, assembled from people who don’t fit at any other table. These are the people who were invited out of politeness and should have RSVP’d ‘No’. How then, did the bride’s oldest friend Eloise (Anna Kendrick) end up in this table of disparate strangers...

9

Flippin' great

La La Land

It’s a musical, right? So I bring my musician movie partner. As a technicolour Cinemascope logo bursts on the screen in 1950s glory, I have a moment of regret. Because my partner, while being a connoisseur of music of all sorts, is also very critical. He’s a jazz musician and a conductor. He say...

6

Good

Love and Friendship

I am finding this review really difficult to write, because I love Jane Austen. She is the master of classic romance, and her works have in many ways defined both the genre and hopes of women throughout history. Who can deny the charm of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, Jane and Bingley, Marianne and Colonel Brandon...

7.5

I'm smiling

The Light Between Oceans

Based on a novel of the same title, The Light Between Oceans is a pretty heart-breaking story about love, loss and forgiveness. Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a veteran of World War I, is hired as a lightkeeper at a lighthouse off the coast of Western Australia. He falls in love with a local girl, Isa...

9

Flippin' great

Bridget Jones’s Baby

I feel like I need to start out with a disclaimer: I have not seen the first two Bridget Jones films in their entirety. I have fragmented memories of a fight scene around a water fountain, but that’s about it. However, Bridget Jones is somewhat of a cultural icon, so it was impossible to go into this new fi...

8

Great

Bad Moms

After being semi-traumatised by Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates I wasn’t sure if I could ever trust an R-rated comedy again. Luckily Bad Moms was a very pleasant surprise! The basic idea is that Amy (Mila Kunis) is an over worked and underappreciated mum trying to juggle a million things at once and feelin...

8

Great

Ab Fab Review

After five TV seasons and multiple specials spanning nearly 20 years, Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patricia “Patsy” Stone (Joanna Lumley) have reunited for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the big-screen debut of one of the most successful and adored franchises in British comedy. I should dis...

8

Great

Brooklyn Review

Eilis, an Irish immigrant, (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Emory Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Many romantic dramas draw you in with their grand gestures...

5

Meh

Aloha

Aloha follows the story of a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) as he returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. My first issue with A...

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