After a decade of discourse, (500) Days Of Summer is basically the Fight Club of rom-coms

The most memorable sequence of (500) Days Of Summer plays out in split screen, with one side capturing the romanticized expectations of how a party will go and the other side depicting the disappointing reality. It’s an aching gut punch of a scene that uses the language of cinema to encapsulate a feeling most people…

You don’t need to love Springsteen to like the thoughtful crowd-pleaser Blinded By The Light

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Blinded By The Light is the latest in what writer-director Gurinder Chadha calls her “genially subversive” filmography, made up of feel-good movies that also tackle difficult topics like racism, sexism, class, and cultural divides. Based on the real-life experience of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor (who also co-wrote the…

The Best Man capped off one decade of black rom-coms and inspired another

From the late ’90s to the mid 2010s, Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs starred in five major romantic comedies, two of them opposite one another. Yet when people rattle off lists of the genre’s biggest stars, their names seldom appear alongside rom-com players like Kate Hudson and Hugh Grant. That’s partially because the…

Queer resilience thrives in this rom-com about love in the time of the AIDS crisis

1995 marked a turning point in the AIDS epidemic in the United States. It was the year the FDA approved an antiretroviral treatment that would soon bring about a massive decline in AIDS-related deaths and illnesses. Yet 1995 was also the year in which AIDS-related deaths—then the leading cause of death among all…

Jessica Jones’ sixth episode feels like a season finale—until it doesn’t

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For most of its runtime, “A.K.A Sorry Face” feels like a season finale. Erik’s kidnapping provides a high-stakes time clock. Jessica and Trish use their investigative skills to track him down and burst in just in time to save his life. It takes Jessica and Trish teaming up to take down Sallinger. They turn him over to…

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