Ticket To Paradise is a fun throwback to the early 2000s romcom era.

A man and his ex-wife race to Bali, Indonesia, to stop their daughter from marrying a seaweed farmer. As they desperately try to sabotage the wedding, the bickering duo soon find themselves rekindling old feelings that once made them happy together.

Ticket To Paradise is a throwback to the early 2000s romcom era and in the best ways possible. Julia Roberts and George Clooney have excellent chemistry here that completely sell this movie, even if the script feels a bit too redundant or empty at times they still work with it and actually turn it into something very entertaining, Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd are both fantastic here as well! Lourd once again gives a decently hilarious performance as a side character (she was fantastic in Booksmart) and has one scene in particular that is actually quite strong. It’s a small moment but it does show Lourd’s acting talent decently well, the chemistry between Kaitlyn Dever and Maxime Bouttier is really solid here. There’s tons of cute moments between the two that truly standout and are just generally really fun, not every single joke in the movie lands and there are definitely areas where the humor could have been so much better. However the humor for the most part works which is mainly due to the film capturing the spirit of early 2000s romcoms, the story is predictable yet it’s still very charming and fun to watch unfold. Is Ticket to Paradise going to break any ground? Definitely not but it is a very fun time and a step in the right direction for romcoms.

Ticket To Paradise is available on all VOD platforms.

7/10 B

Falling For Christmas a solid return for Lindsay Lohan.

A young, newly engaged heiress has a skiing accident in the days before Christmas. After she is diagnosed with amnesia, she finds herself in the care of the handsome cabin owner and his daughter.

After a weird and quite terrible small return back in 2019 which was Among The Shadows, Lindsay Lohan makes her true return with Falling For Christmas. Something that falls more in line with her previous work and captures the best parts about her as an actress, while admittedly the movie has a lot of that hallmark channel spirit and the movie is filled to the brim with cliches. There’s something about this movie that actually makes this one standout, it’s mainly due to the cast connecting with each other pretty well and there is a genuine heart put into this one. Which is very rare for a lot of these Christmas Netflix movies, as mentioned before Lindsay Lohan is truly great here, sure it might not be a groundbreaking performance but this is the type of performance that got everyone to love Lohan in the first place. There’s a huge amount of charm that goes into the chemistry between Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet as well, overall while Falling For Christmas is most certainly not going to break any new ground and it is heavily flawed it’s still a genuinely fun ride. It’s a welcome return for Lindsay Lohan and this is definitely something to watch to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Falling For Christmas is available on Netflix.

6/10 C+

My Policeman falls short.

Tom, a policeman in 1950s Britain, falls in love with a schoolteacher on the Brighton coast. However, he soon begins a passionate same-sex affair with a museum curator, in spite of homosexuality being illegal.

The unfortunate thing about My Policeman is that there is a good movie here the issue is a lot of the decision making that went into it, I like the idea of switching back and forth between the younger and older versions of the characters especially given the subject matter it could lead into something very touching and memorable. One of the biggest issues with My Policeman is how very uneven it really is, while the older cast such as Linus Roache, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee are really solid and deliver some very touching moments the younger side completely fails to leave an impression on the viewer Emma Corrin and David Dawson aren’t particularly bad but the writing just does not give them anywhere near the amount of power as the older cast. Harry Styles is just not great here, the chemistry between him and Dawson isn’t anything special the same can be said with the chemistry between Styles and Corrin it’s charming at first but as the movie goes on it starts to really lose it’s charm due to repetition. Another main issue is the movie really doesn’t allow the viewer to think of how they feel, it’s sort of like a set of cue cards the movie tells the audience to feel depressed when sad music plus more darker filming is shown rather than let the audience digest a scene by it’s own. There’s some decent moments here particularly with Linus Roache, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee but a lot of this is just very forgettable that doesn’t fully dive into a lot of themes that would have been very interesting.

My Policeman is available on Amazon Prime Video.

4/10 D+

Bros is a charming enough romantic comedy.

Bobby is a neurotic podcast host who’s happy to go on Tinder dates and content not to have a serious relationship. That all changes when he meets Aaron, an equally detached lawyer who likes to play the field. Repeatedly drawn to each other, both men begin to show their vulnerable sides as their undeniable attraction turns into something resembling a commitment.

Bros is completely fine for what it is, despite many flaws that stick out like a sore thumb the good parts really help the movie stand. There’s some genuinely funny jokes here that actually work surprisingly well, the cameo from Debra Messing in particular is quite great and I do have to hand it to Luke Macfarlane who gives both a quite funny yet very charming performance that actually had some emotional bits to it that I didn’t see coming, the same can’t really be said for Billy Eichner unfortunately. While there are times he does a decent job particularly a mini monologue scene that actually gives his character Bobby a bit more depth than the rest of the movie did, a lot of the time his performance feels like it’s from a completely different movie. The strange part here is as far as the writing goes Billy Eichner actually did a really solid job it’s just the way he executes his lines is what the issue is. While the movie does have a lot of representation from a lot of races and sexualities and it’s a great thing to see, a lot of the side characters just don’t get a whole lot to do and are mainly pushed aside. Which I do get they are side characters, but here they are given so little to do outside of appearing in a few scenes every once and awhile. The movie doesn’t take full advantage of the rest of the cast it could have and you can’t help but feel some scenes should have given the other characters something to do. Despite that problems however Bros is not a bad movie, it hits a lot of beats that make a good romantic comedy and there’s plenty of entertainment to get out of this one. This might not be something I’ll ever come back to but it was a decent watch.

Bros is available on all VOD platforms.

6/10 C+

Stars At Noon is an atmospheric film with a stunning performance from Margaret Qualley

A young American journalist stranded in present-day Nicaragua seduces an enigmatic Englishman who seems like her best chance of escape. She soon realizes, though, that their torrid affair has only put her in more danger.

Not entirely sure if everything completely works in Claire Denis’s second film this year Stars At Noon but there is still quite a lot to really like. Claire Denis does a fantastic job with her direction and immediately sets up a very strong atmosphere that instantly connects to the setting of the film, there is this sort of mood to the film that is both atmospheric and very relaxed. It’s sort of hard to describe if you haven’t seen it but it really captures the setting in such an interesting way. Margaret Qualley once again show’s how incredible she is as an actress, she gives such a tremendous performance that really highlights how powerful her screen presence really is, this is a performance that is sadly going to go unnoticed but it’s truly a powerful performance that really builds the film. The 2 hour and 15 minute running time is a bit much as the movie does take some time to get going, but gets more and more interesting as it goes on. Lastly there’s the cinematography that is truly beautiful and is shot in a almost personal like manner that leads to some very captivating shots and moments. Stars At Noon is not going to be for everyone but I do recommend checking this one out!

Stars At Noon is available on all VOD platforms.

8/10 B+

Rosaline is surprisingly strong take on Romeo and Juliet.

A comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” told from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex, Rosaline, the woman Romeo first claims to love before he falls for Juliet.

When you go by the plot of Rosaline it comes off as yet another tired take of Romeo And Juliet but this time it’s in the perspective of Rosaline who is Romeo’s previous girlfriend before he met Juliet. However the film strangely works really well, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and instead does a pretty humorous and interesting job of retelling the story, with a few changes it ends up being more of a “what if” type scenario which I am a pretty big fan of when it’s done right. And in this case it’s done pretty well, Kaitlyn Dever is fantastic as Rosaline she puts her talent all in the role and gives such a entertaining performance. Sean Teale as Dario is also pretty solid as well, the enemies to lovers element is actually done quite well here which is mainly due to the chemistry of Teale and Dever being so great. Not every single joke lands as there are some eye roll worthy moments, but those really don’t take away from the sharp and clever writing that really gives the story of Romeo and Juliet a breath of fresh air, it’s an entertaining ride from beginning to end that is far better than it has any right being.

Rosaline is available on Hulu!

8/10 B+

Both Sides Of The Blade has great moments but is held back from being better.

A woman’s life spirals out of control when she becomes involved in a passionate love triangle.

Both Sides Of The Blade is one of the two films directed by Claire Denis from this year (in fact the second one Stars At Noon is releasing on Friday!) this movie is a tough nut to crack, while I understand what Claire Denis was going for with this movie. There are times such as the comedic moments that make you wonder why they are there, it takes you out of the movie while a lot of the moments of human feeling and the sensitivity bring you into it. The cinematography and the score are absolutely well done and really set the mood of the film quite well, Juliette Binoche and Vincent Landon give fantastic performances and have beautiful chemistry between one another. There’s so many raw moments between the two that really makes the film, the film does go on for a bit too long and as I said before the comedy really takes you out of a beautiful story. I’m sure there will be people who will get far more out of this one than I did, so I do recommend checking this one out to see if it does anything for you.

Both Sides Of The Blade is available on all VOD platforms.

6/10 C+

Entergalactic is a stunningly animated film with soul.

Ambitious artist Jabari attempts to balance success and love after he moves into his dream Manhattan apartment and falls for his next-door neighbor.

Entergalactic is one of the most beautiful films so far of 2022, I didn’t know what to expect going into this film but wow this definitely impressed. The cast does quite a fantastic job particularly Kid Cudi, Laura Harrier and Jessica Williams, they all put their heart and soul into their roles and really make the characters all the more interesting. By far what sticks out the most is the imaginative and beautiful animation, it feels like a hybrid of 3D and 2D animation but done in such a unique looking way. It makes the film pop out really well and adds quite a lot of flavor to it, there’s certain scenes that completely take you into the film’s own little dream like setting and invests the viewer with it’s visual style. Although the story itself is a very simple love story that has been done before, it still ends up being incredibly charming Kid Cudi’s character Jabari is a character that the audience could easily see themselves as. He’s an everyday citizen who goes through some quite beautiful arcs, the cast easily connecting with their character is what really makes the film standout, there’s truly something wonderful when you see how effortlessly the cast can connect to their characters and create a story that’s truly investing. Lastly there’s the music that just feels like a natural fit to the film the film actually serves as a visual companion piece to Kid Cudi’s album of the same name, which I have to give credit where credit is due. The film manages to standout on it’s own while also being a companion piece. Overall Entergalactic is truly fantastic despite some familiar love story elements the film is truly well done. Check this one out.

Entergalactic is available on Netflix.

9/10 A

After Ever Happy…a slight improvement for the series.

As a shocking truth about a couple’s families emerges, the two lovers discover they are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple girl she was when she met Hardin.

After Ever Happy is the fourth movie in the “After” series, at this point everyone knows the drill when one of these movies comes out. What did surprise me about this one is that there was actually some level of attempt to try and make it work, the keyword is try because the movie does not succeed. Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Josephine Langford are actually not the worst here, unlike the other movies there’s actually some moments that they both manage to make work well enough. Unfortunately most of the movie is yet again almost the exact same thing as the last three movies, the writing is still a huge issue with a lot of terrible character choices and moments that lead to some admittedly laughable moments. Then there’s the ending which is by far the most hilarious moment to come out of these movies thus far, it definitely felt like there was a whole third act missing that the movie just didn’t bother to use. In fact that’s exactly what’s wrong with the movie there really isn’t a plot, it’s more arguments and sex scenes (although there isn’t as much as the other movies…shocker I know). Overall while After Ever Happy is better than the previous three movies that is still not saying much given that it’s still a terribly written mess.

After Ever Happy is available on all VOD platforms.

2/10 F

Meet Cute is a stale Groundhog Day clone.

Sheila, a young woman grappling with suicidal thoughts, discovers that a tanning bed in a nail salon is a time machine. Traveling back 24 hours, she relives the best date night of her life over and over, only to decide that her boyfriend, Gary, needs some fixing. Unaware that meddling with the past could ruin the future, Sheila goes even further back in time to turn him into the perfect man even though he was already pretty perfect.

Meet Cute is yet another Groundhog Day type movie at this point there’s been several films, to be absolutely fair their have some quite fantastic films that take the premise and manage to make it their own (Happy Death Day, Edge Of Tomorrow and Palm Springs in particular). That’s unfortunately not the case here with Meet Cute, the weird thing about the movie is the whole Groundhog Day elements aren’t fully realized despite that being the main idea of the movie. A lot of it is very surface level and doesn’t attempt to even try to go into detail about it’s ideas, the chemistry between Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson just isn’t there at all. They both definitely try their hardest with the script they are given but the dialogue does not do them any favors, Kaley Cuoco gives the better performance as there are a few moments where she makes some scenes work.

3/10 D-