"...No one's cup runneth over, and it's unlikely that anyone will return for seconds. What Feast of Love lacks in nutritive value it makes up for with heaping wads of artificial sweeteners that coax each character's frown to turn upside down or find the silver lining in the sadness or latch on to any kind of handy cliché to keep the sorrow at bay..."
"...Starring: Kate Capshaw, Blythe Danner, Geraldine McEwan, Tom Selleck, Tom Everett Scott, Ellen DeGeneres, Julianne Nicholson and Gloria Stuart. “Darling, do you know how much in love with you I am?” Well, darling, who could resist such a letter from a secret admirer that began with these provocative words? That's the simple premise of The Love Letter's mistaken-identity romantic comedy..."
"...There's more to love than the beginnings of a grade-school valentine. Love is ....."
"...A few contrivances too many make this otherwise appealing romantic comedy seem occasionally ungainly, yet its sensational cast manages to breezily flick away most distractions. Crazy, Stupid, Love..."
"...And with that, Pawlikowski's ripe and symbolically drenched coming-of-age story is off and running. Erotically charged and steeped in class differences, My Summer of Love captures that sense of sultry summer ennui experienced by disgruntled teens convinced they’re trapped in podunk..."
"...Joe (Craig) – the man from the beginning – comes upon the grisly half-remains of the would-be rescuer, as does Jed (Ifans), who asks Joe to kneel with him and pray. In this moment, Enduring Love takes off: Everything else that occurs in the movie is colored by the freak event with the balloon..."
"...Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Geraldine McEwan, Carmen Ejogo, Emily Mortimer, Nathan Lane, Timothy Spall, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester, Natascha McElhone, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Briers and Stefania Rocca. Kenneth Branagh did such a great Woody Allen impersonation in Celebrity that there's a certain logic to Branagh's copying of Allen's subsequent (and questionable) move into musical comedy with Everyone Says I Love You..."
"...Starring: Axel Widegren, Maria Hedborg, Ralph Carlsson, Stefan Horberg, Mathias Rust, Erica Carlson, Rebecca Liljeberg and Alexandra Dahlstrom. Days after seeing Show Me Love (in Swedish, with English subtitles), my maxillary muscles are still smarting from grinning so much at this almost unbearably sweet and spot-on dissection of a Swedish teenager's first love..."
"...Starring: Natasha Gregson Wagner, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert John Burke, Jeannetta Arnette, Donal Logue and Eli Marienthal. Long on mood and short on narrative, First Love, Last Rites does a good job of capturing the sense of young love's first flush and its inevitable erosion..."
"...Starring: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze, Teimour Kahmhadze and Jean-Yves Gautier. A French-Georgian co-production with international assists from Germany, Belgium, and Ukraine, the much-lauded A Chef in Love is truly a labor d'amour, gastronomical and otherwise..."
"...In her early films like Peppermint Soda and Entre Nous, French filmmaker Diane Kurys gravitated toward stories about female friendships and coming of age issues. In her current film, Love After Love, Kurys' characters are in their mid-thirties and trying to reconcile the beliefs they acquired during their formative years with the attitudes and lifestyles of the Nineties..."
"...Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Haysbert, Stephanie Mcfadden, Brian Kerwin and Louise Latham. Love Field is a quietly engaging and uncharacteristic little period piece set in the American South in the early Sixties that tells the story of an interracial friendship..."
"...When the news hit that Argentine/French director Gaspar Noé's new film would be a long-gestating dream project involving lovers engaged in unsimulated sex and shot in 3-D, my first thought was, "Ugh." My second thought was, "There will be a penis ejaculating toward the audience at some point." Alas (or happily, depending on your fancy), I am here to report that that second prediction comes true around two-thirds into Love, as an erect member faces the camera and showers the viewer with semen, which then may or may not elicit that initial thought (alternative responses include: "Oh, Gaspar, you're so provocative!" and also, "Ew."). Unfortunately, I was unable to experience this sensation in its entirety, as the distributor couldn't provide a 3-D press screening for this review, so I was left to ponder its lesser, 2-D analog..."
"...Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone and Brennan Brown. Loosely based on the outrageous life and incarcerated times of Texan con artist Steven Jay Russell, I Love You Phillip Morris is every bit as strange as its subject matter..."
"...Starring: Vanessa Bauche, Noël Burton, Susana Salazar, Maka Kotto, Regina Orozco, Carmen Salinas, Jorge Zárate and Peter Kosaka. A Mexican and Canadian production, A Silent Love puts an unusual spin on some of the clichés of the romantic comedy..."
"...Starring: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe and Joséphine Lebas-Joly. In its native France, the title of this obsessive-love import, Jeux d’Enfants, translates to a very cheeky "child’s play." Sure, if you’re talking about fun and games from the unholy spawn of Beelzebub and the Marquis de Sade..."
"...Starring: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier and Katherine Moennig. Made prior to Adrien Brody's leap into stardom with his Oscar win for The Pianist, Love the Hard Way represents the kind of small, brooding independent film in which Brody will no longer have to appear..."
"...Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Lai Chin, Rebecca Pan, Siu Ping-Lam and Chin Tsi-Ang. “Mood” is the right word to characterize this evocative Chinese love story since the two lovers at the heart of this lush period piece never verbalize or consummate their feelings..."
"...Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Simon Callow and Antony Sher. “The play's the thing,” proves Shakespeare in Love as it presents the imaginary events that led to the creation of the playwright's timeless romantic drama, Romeo and Juliet..."
"...Starring: Matthew Broderick, Meg Ryan, Kelly Preston, Tcheky Karyo and Maureen Stapleton. When lovesick small-town astronomer Sam (Broderick) loses his one true love Linda (Preston) to the thrall of the big city, he packs up his things and goes in search of her, sure in his heart that she'll be back in his loving arms soon..."
"...A charming romance that finds time for ghosts, time travel, disembodied body parts, hideously deformed monsters, and the greatest bile-spewing set-piece since the infamous “Mr. Creole” sketch in Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Love in the Time of Twilight is the latest effort from famed Hong Kong genre-bender Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues)..."
"...Starring: Stephanie Morgenstern and Lynne Adams. Forbidden Love....."
"...Love the Coopers: a valediction hastily scribbled at the bottom of a Christmas card, or an entreaty to embrace yet another white upper middle-class heterosexual Protestant family in a holiday-themed movie? Either way, it’s a tangled strand of related (by blood) storylines that converge like forgotten Christmas lights stored in a cardboard box and squirreled away in a dusty attic. It’s a frustrating thing to unsnarl..."
"...Brian and Arielle soon embark on a relationship that, due to the terms of her marriage, only allows them to see each other between the hours of 5 and 7 on weekday evenings. In the process, Brian's – and, by extension, the audience's – definition of love and marriage is tested and expanded, with bittersweet results...."
"...After making its premiere 11 months ago at last year’s South by Southwest under the title The Bounceback, Bryan Poyser’s film has now bounced back to theatres and VOD under the more intriguing title Love & Air Sex. This made-in-Austin film is a raunchy romantic comedy that is as contemporary as it is smart and humorous..."
"...As romantic comedies go, Danish helmer Susanne Bier’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning In a Better World, percolates more than it froths – but that’s a good thing. Steeping in its flavors rather than chasing bubbly gags, Love Is All You Need breaks no new narrative ground but trusts the genre’s formulas to provide the underpinnings for a realistic comedy about marriage and its discontents..."
"...Starring: Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, John Leguizamo, Hector Elizondo, Fernanda Montenegro, Liev Schreiber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Laura Harring and Unax Ugalde. It’s a testament to the talents of Bardem that he can currently be seen as both one of the most romantic heroes in modern fiction (Florentino Ariza in Love in the Time of Cholera) and one of the most violently sociopathic (Chigurh in No Country for Old Men)..."
"...Every drop was precious and each succeeding one only brought the end nearer. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” we all did. Hip-OSelect.com, home of the awe-inspiring and ongoing The Complete Motown Singles series, a new Love fest, and plenty more mouth-watering Internet-only boutiquery, expands yet again..."
"...Starring: Mars Callahan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard, Sean Astin, Anne Heche, Andrew Daly, Gina Gershon, Tamala Jones, Jud Tylor and Shiri Appleby. What Love Is is a throwback to the salad days of American independent cinema, a time when filmmakers like Kevin Smith and Richard Linklater were making small, personal movies about the insignificant lives of normal people – no explosions, no car chases, no budget..."
"...What we have here is another uninspired remake of a movie that was never crying out for revisitation in the first place. Love Don't Cost a Thing is an "urbanized" (read African-American) remake of the 1987 teen comedy Can’t Buy Me Love starring Patrick Dempsey, Cindy Mancini, and Seth Green..."
"...Starring: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Billy Bob Thornton, Joanna Page and Rowan Atkinson. Taking the ensemble romantic comedy just about as far as it can go, Love Actually (which is directed and also written by Four Weddings and a Funeral scribe Curtis) spins a merry skein of loves lost and found amid the bustle of holiday-season London..."
"...Starring: Bruno Putzulu, Cecile Camp, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny and Claude Baignières. It's been a few years since my high school French courses, but if I remember correctly, a more accurate translation of the en français title (Eloge de l'Amour) of Godard's newest would be “Eulogy of Love,” an altogether more somber title than the distributor has seen fit to tack onto the fore of this bleak and catty Rubik's Cube of Godardian angst..."
"...Some of us thought that with the success of last year's A Simple Plan, Sam Raimi would have kissed the horror films (his former stock in trade) good-bye and stepped up to the plate with the big-league filmmakers. Directing Kevin Costner in For Love of the Game (Costner's third time at bat in a baseball movie) is certainly a move into the majors for Raimi, but if this movie isn't another horror film then I'm a member of the Evil Dead..."
"...Starring: Sean Tataryn, Christopher Bradley, Geoffrey Moody, Hector Mercado, Madame Dish, Erin Krystle, Craig Olsen, Mink Stole, Nicholas Worth and Morris Kight. Despite its rough-sounding title, Leather Jacket Love Story is a sweet-at-heart, romantic, gay comedy..."
"...The relationship of Nana and Daisy is so infantile in its nature (every scene of gut-spilling angst seems to be followed by a ridiculous, cringe inducing one of the pair pillow fighting, playing Crazy Eights, or picking flowers in long, flowing dresses) that any revelations emerging from it are unavoidably trivialized. The superabundance of talent here makes I Love You, I Love You Not's affectlessness all the more mystifying..."
"...Starring: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin and Gawn Grainger. Every one of us is a fool for love, even stuffy English writer Giles De'Ath (pronounced as Day-ahth, the character hastens to remind us)..."
"...Starring: Miranda Otto, Rebecca Firth, George Shevtsov, John Alansu and Jessica Napier. Love and loss and floundering about in search of happiness in the tiny town of Sunray, Australia..."
"...We want the world and we want it now. When did the Woodstock generation start believing its own hype and, what's more, when did it quit? Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival documents a bit of that phenomenon, the point at which idealism was overtaken by cynicism..."
"...This is a warm April day of a movie, perfectly suited for a season that finds most of us in a dreamy, erotically suggestible state in which our higher critical faculties are beclouded by pheromones and plant pollen. I'm betting that director Croghan will someday make films with more depth and substance, but for now the 25-year-old Australian is trading heavily on her youthful assets of charm, vulnerability, and disarming earnestness in matters of love and art..."
"...Starring: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore, Kate Stafford, Sabrina Artel, Toby Poser, Nelson Rodriguez and Dale Dickey. At first glance, the plot of Incredibly True Adventure couldn't be more prosaic; teen love traumas are a film industry staple and our familiarity with their formulas are a given..."
"...Divorced dads often get a bad rap in films. Bye Bye, Love attempts to paint a fuller picture of the weekend father, but falls short of creating a truly entertaining film by trying to do too much..."
"...What is so surprising – even exhilarating – about The Names of Love is that it shucks off the desultory roadblocks that engine the modern romantic comedy – all that razzmatazz of missed connections and dunderheaded misunderstandings. Neither is this a morality play about two disparate cultures colliding..."
"...Directed by: Tina Mascara and Guido Santi. Chris and Don’s love story is one that, without context or, frankly, the pre-awareness of its conclusion, might raise a red flag for those less permissively minded..."
"...This sudden dashing of expectations, great or otherwise, sends Holly into an emotional and mental tailspin of impressive nihilism. Until, that is, her 30th birthday, when she receives a letter from her dead spouse, who, crafty lad that he was, has thoughtfully seen fit to keep the love – and by extension, the healing – flowing from beyond the grave..."
"...But even while trading body blows with Jackie Chan and the Heroic Trio, Cheung's formidable acting skills have consistently shone through. Comrades, Almost a Love Story is no exception, though viewers may want to bring their schmaltz meters and a spare hanky or two to this well-done and elegiacally engaging film..."
"...The Last Picture Show is a Fifties Western, all empty streets and tired people, instead of violence, there's sex; Paper Moon is the ideal screwball. In The Thing Called Love, he tells a very Warner Bros..."
"...Onstage at the Brutalist-design Bass Concert Hall sits a Victorian theatre, complete with antique lighting sconces and a sumptuous red velvet curtain. It’s a proscenium within a proscenium and the perfect setting for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which asks us to look at both its interior and exterior as we laugh our bloody fool heads off...."
"...We all love romantic comedies, but even the best examples of the genre tend to operate on the problematic assumption that the answer to a character's problems could lie in his or her next hookup. This pitfall of the genre is most obvious to people who are especially susceptible to this kind of thinking: self-identified sex and love addicts...."
"...Lana Del Rey made her hastily announced live comeback Friday at Apple Music's West Sixth headquarters, where the pop noir chanteuse debuted her new single "Love." Earlier in the week, across town, post-hardcore legends At the Drive-In stormed Mohawk with an unannounced reunion tour stop. The West Texas quintet powered through the recent defection of guitarist Jim Ward to deliver a far stronger performance than a 2012 Austin reunion tour kickoff, detonating a 50-minute set in which Cedric Bixler-Zavala ranted about acid trips, confusing the Who with Steely Dan, and how crazy it is that Mohawk invited him back after previously taking a fire extinguisher to the crowd...."
"...First thing you’ll note about Austin troubadour PT Banks is his voice – a piercing arrow of warmth and melancholy. Takes more than pretty pipes to sing a love song, however...."