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After the Ball

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 9 februari 2016
Director: Sean Garrity
Cast: Portia Doubleday (Her, Carrie, K-11, Youth In Revolt), Marc-André Grondin (Goon, C.R.A.Z.Y.), Lauren Holly (NCIS, Motive, Dumb & Dumber, What Women Want), Chris Noth (Sex and the City, The Good Wife)

Kate Kassell's dream is to design couture clothing, but after graduating at the head of her class in fashion school the harsh reality hits -- no one will hire her. She’s the daughter of retail guru and knockoff pioneer Larry Kassell, whose stores sell clothes “inspired” by the verydesigners Kate wants to work for. Kate is left with no choice but to join Kassell Clothing, where she must navigate around a duplicitous stepmother and two wicked stepsisters, whose aim is to discredit her at every turn. But through a budding romance with a prince of a guy in the shoe department, her godmother’s vintage clothes and a shocking switch of identities, Kate is able to expose the evil trio, save Kassell Clothing -- and prove that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. 

Reviews
  • Cinemablographer.com: Fun performances from the spirited cast, especially Doubleday and Grondin, make After the Ball a charming winner. Over-the-top supporting turns by Mimi Kucyk and Carlo Rota as Kate's fairy godmothers are amusing, as is Colin Mochrie's sneering rival for the family empire. This glossy production (a Don Carmody work) has the slickness of a Hollywood studio lark, and offers light, bubbly, and fun. After the Ball is stylish entertainment and a little bibbidi bobbidi boo escapism.
  • Rowthree.com: Doubleday is great playing double duty as the two characters, Grondin is charming as the leading man, Lauren Holly is rather brilliant as the evil stepmother, Chris Noth kills the suit and glasses look while Mimi Kuzyk and Carlo Rota (if Stanley Tucci isn't available for your over the top, gay man role, call Rota. Actually, it would be great to see them playing brothers!) steal every scene they're in. After the Ball was a huge surprise, the kind of movie you don't get to see at a festival but which is so sorely needed among the heavy dramas. An endlessly entertaining comedy that fires on all cylinders. I can't wait to see it again!
  • Screenrelish.com: I look forward to watching AFTER THE BALL all over again with my daughter who is an uber tween, and I know she will enjoy it. There is enough here for both adults and kids to think about and laugh over together and that in itself is a major accomplishment.
  • Aisleseat.com: Portia Doubleday is very good in the lead role, displaying some solid comic timing and a flair for physical comedy.
  • Blu-ray.com: Cast charisma keeps it afloat, working the Kate/Nate ruse to pleasing results, with Doubleday finding the right beats of alarm to play as the designer's trouble increases when threatened with national exposure. There's a climatic ball to help the fairy tale out, and some mild shenanigans when Kate is double-booked as Nate, requiring some quick thinking and costume changes. After the Ball is a very soft, easily digestible effort that's out to charm, not challenge. And it works, remaining sweet without causing cavities.
  • Straight.com: After the Ball is a likable Cinderfella tale.
  • Theglobeandmail.com: Titular ball scene, fancy dress makeover and lost stiletto shoe notwithstanding, the chaste nominal romance is less interesting than the fun, family-friendly Shakespearean shenanigans are.
  • Wyliewrites.com: A pleasing romantic comedy that disarms and delights.

Coming & Going

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 2 oktober 2012
Director: Edoardo Ponti
Cast: Rhys Darby (Yes Man), Sasha Alexander (Tes Man, Rizzoli & Isles, He's Just Not That Into You), Fionnula Flanagan (Yes Man)

An irreverent romantic comedy that poses the question: How far would you go for love? Lee is a thirty something OB-GYN who lacks any confidence with women outside his successful medical practice. When he is forced to spend a week in a wheelchair, (the result of a yoga injury), the woman that he's had a crush on from afar for seven years, Alex finally takes notice. Their relationship progresses but Lee is convinced that she is only paying attention to him because she thinks he is disabled, making it increasingly difficult for him to give up the ruse.

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Coming and Going gets gentle but consistent laughs by poking fun at the absurd extremes people are willing to go for love, or at least a decent date.

The Golden Door

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 15 december 2011
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Cast: Joseph Cross (Milk), Sarah Roemer (Disturbia), Snoop Dogg, Joe Pantoliano (The Job), Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers, Dumb and Dumberer)

Henry O'Shea's father died in an unfortunate handball accident. At the funeral, the O'Shea family learns that their father was drowning in debt and that his life insurance policy is just not enough. In order to pay off the mounting bills and to keep from losing their family home, everyone must get a job; including Henry's mom, Grace, who hasn't worked in over twenty years. Henry quits nursing school and goes to work as a doorman at an upscale 5th Avenue apartment building. Grace finds work at an adult video store and sister, Cate, has picked up extra shifts dog-walking. At the apartment building Henry meets Scarlett Dowling, a beautiful young woman who lives with her wealthy parents in the top-floor penthouse and despite the boss's stern warnings about not fraternizing with the tenants, Henry repeatedly finds himself in situations with Scarlett that leaves his boss less than impressed. When Scarlett's boyfriend overdoses at her birthday party, it's Henry that saves his life and as a thank you, Scarlett takes Henry on a romantic boat ride around the New York harbor. When Scarlett's mother finds photos of their impromptu date, she has Henry fired and goes to great lengths to keep them apart. But Scarlett and Henry feel destined to be together despite pressure from others. Can two people from different social classes overcome the pressures of money, status, and power to find true love?

Reviews
  • The-Other-View.com: good actors ... a beautiful build-up and does not disappoint because it flows so well.
  • Reelfilm.com: a romantic comedy that is otherwise quite engaging and awfully likable.
  • HomeTheaterInfo.com: captivated me almost immediately ... good old fashion fun.

Hit by Lightning

Comedy, Crime, Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 15 december 2015
Director: Ricky Blitt
Cast: Stephanie Szostak (Iron Man Three, We Bought a Zoo, Dinner for Schmucks), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Due Date, Stay Cool), Will Sasso (Movie 43, The Three Stooges)

RICKY MILLER a sweet 40-plus manager of a Denny's type restaurant gets his prayers answered when he joins a dating site and meets DANITA – an impossibly beautiful woman who shares all his interests. He soon learns there's just one little catch – she's married and he has to kill her evil husband. Ricky shrugs – there's always going to be SOME baggage when you're both around 40. Ricky's best friend SETH finds out her monster husband is actually an ex-Rabbi who proves to be generous and affable when they finally meet him. Ricky is torn. Is Danita telling him the truth? Or is Seth right and she's a femme fatale, like Kathleen Turner in BODY HEAT, who's playing Ricky?

Reviews
  • LATimes.com: An offbeat rom-com that ventures down the film-noir path, "Hit by Lightning" manages to make dark comedy fresh by combining two formulas. Cryer and Sasso have impeccable comedic call and response that never skip a beat, which makes the film a pleasure.
  • Blu-ray.com: Hit by Lightning features a bravely unglamorous performance from Cryer, who does away with traditional tricks of screen vanity to play Ricky as a soured, balding sad sack with no hope for a romantic future. The screenplay actually has some fun with the character's hair loss, watching Ricky trying to dye his way out of personal issues, hoping to appeal to Danita through the art of illusion. Cryer's comic timing remains sitcom-tight and his interplay with Sasso contributes to the picture's periodic highlights, creating a believable bond with this bullying best friend.
  • Wlswarts.blogspot.nl: If one was going to cast a weak-willed patsy character, Jon Cryer is as good a choice as you can get and he delivers exactly that performance.

The Last Five Years

Drama, Musical, Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 2 november 2015
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Anna Kendrick (Twilight Saga, Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, Up in the Air, Into the Woods, 50/50), Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Joyful Noise), Bettina Bresnan (Vamps), Charly Bivona (Cymbeline)

Cathy and Jamie’s five-year relationship is full of passion and heartache. As novelist Jamie is propelled to the top of the New York literary scene, Cathy struggles in low paid acting jobs, and their diverging careers prove too much for their young love to handle.

PITCH PERFECT’s Anna Kendrick (Academy-Award¼ nominee) stars alongside Jeremy Jordan (Tony-Award¼ nominee) in this highly anticipated adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical from the director of P.S. I LOVE YOU. A cult phenomenon in the musical theatre world, the film remains true to the original production, with spellbinding performances, an incredible pop music soundtrack and a unique storytelling technique. It will have you captivated from start to finish and back again.
Reviews
  • Variety.com: It's easy to fall in love with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in this heart-breaking musical two-hander, as they retrace a love affair from opposite ends. It's he sang/she sang as a Gotham couple moving in opposite directions lead us through half a decade of ups and downs in "The Last 5 Years," Jason Robert Brown's beautifully written Off Broadway tuner. Two terrific lead performers — and what a pair they make!
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Kendrick en de liedjes houden ‘The Last Five Years’ met gemak overeind.
  • Redeyechicago.com: Instantly enjoyable and eventually crushing, "The Last Five Years" is a musical for people (like me) who can't stand musicals but are open to ones that are intimate, smart and surprising rather than loud, overdone and obvious. It's remarkably perceptive about love and commitment, anchored by two stars who only make the excellent songs better. Shockingly good.
  • New York Magazine: The camera moves with heightened sensitivity, as if on currents of emotion, and Kendrick is infinitely winning. She's that rare thing, a movie star with a trained soprano.
  • NYPost.com: A great showcase for Kendrick. So utterly wonderful that this adaptation of an off-Broadway musical deserves better than a token theatrical release to support its distribution via video-on-demand.
  • Avclub.com: The Last Five Years provides Anna Kendrick the musical showcase she deserves.
  • VillageVoice.com: The words are sharp, the melodies memorable, and the performances a beauty. This Last Five Years might not have the penetrating clarity of Brown's original show, but it offers miles and piles of compensation.
  • Filmfracture.com: As far as Hollywood musicals go, they don't get much better than The Last Five Years. Those who don't mind most of the story being told through song will enjoy it thoroughly. The Last Five Years is a unique romance movie for the jaded and heartbroken as well as the hopelessly in love.
  • Slantmagazine.com: Whether wryly funny, annotating Jamie's rendition of "The Schmuel Song" with snide remarks, or stirring, as in the lovely "Still Hurting," Kendrick manages to convey both the nostalgic and the regretful notes.
  • TheIndepoendentCritic.com: While Kendrick nails the vocals, she's also got a strong cinematic sensibility about her and understands how to make it all work on the big screen. Kendrick infuses Cathy with all the heart and soul and remorse and regret that we'd hope for.
  • Reelfilm.com: Kendrick delivering a knockout performance that's made all-the-more-impressive by the realization that she sings almost all of her dialogue.
  • Blu-ray.com: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan share a closely-knit chemistry in the film. She's particularly strong, capable of displaying a broad range of emotion not only through her lyrical vocalizations but in the eyes that, scene to scene and moment to moment, convey her feelings as strongly as, if not more deeply than, the lyrics. Whether deep, loving affection; unbridled passion; growing unease and discomfort; anger and resentment; or unhinged sorrow; she delivers a fully capable, emotive, and nuanced effort as a person who, in the span of five years, journeys through a familiar arc of high spirits brought by love but slowly pushed down to the lowest feelings of despair.
  • Examiner.com: At its heart, the film is a pure and true love story, all involved give everything to make it a success.

Price Check

Comedy, Drama, Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 1 april 2014
Director: Michael Walker
Cast: Parker Posey (For Your Consideration, Superman Returns, The Oh in Ohio), Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, Resident Evil), Annie Parisse (Definitely, Maybe, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, National Treasure), Josh Pais (Arbitrage, Phone Booth, The Station Agent)

Pete Cozy has found himself a house in the suburbs and a job in the pricing department of a middling supermarket chain. Pete's job allows him to spend quality time with his wife and young son and, despite the fact that they are drowning in debts, they appear happy. Everything changes when Pete gets a new boss, the beautiful, high powered, fast talking Susan Felders. With Susan's influence, Pete finds himself on the executive track. Something that both surprises and excites him. The more his salary increases, the more he has to perform at work... and the less time he gets to spend with his family. At the same time, his relationship with his boss begins to cross the line of professional etiquette. Both become enamored with one another – creating tension in the workplace and in his personal home life. PRICE CHECK is a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we're willing to do for the life we think we deserve.

Reviews
  • Variety: Parker Posey grabs the role of marginally psychotic supermarket schemer Susan Felders and squeezes it like an overripe organic cantaloupe. A terrific showcase for indie princess Posey, leading a topnotch cast. Its graceful swing from giddy to sobering could appeal to a wide-ranging audience.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A prime example of the type of well-produced, smartly cast independent features that Sundance has been helping launch into the theatrical marketplace over the past few years.
  • Latimes.com: Writer-director Michael Walker keeps a firm grip on his smart material, offering up big laughs, lots of recognizable behavior and, in the end, a wistful glimpse at life's inevitable priorities.
  • Nypost.com: A hilarious Parker Posey provides her customary blast of brittle energy in 'Price Check,' an engaging corporate comedy.
  • NYTimes.com: The indie film goddess Parker Posey cuts a ferociously funny swath through Michael Walker's 'Price Check'. With its portrait of a passive-aggressive staff under the thumb of a slightly loony boss, 'Price Check' is similar to 'The Office,' though it has a sharper bite and shows a keener awareness of recession-era anxieties.
  • Slantmagazine.com: Urgent, persuasive, and funny. The film's talented troupe members make a convincing, bizarro staff, exploiting the airless setting with continuous laugh-out-loud results. And front and center, of course, is one faithfully avid comedienne, whose mercurial performance is a picture of multi-tasking.
  • JoBlo.com: The actors are strong and have palpable chemistry. Posey can do faux-happy bordering on dementia like no one else, and as mentioned before, this is the role she was born to play.
  • FilmDilettante.com: For it's outrageously funny situations, Parker Posey's dead-on performance, a full comic cast in the tradition of The Office, and a provocative subject matter, I rate Price Check three out of four cappuccinos.
  • Blu-ray.com: Guided by a fireball performance from Parker Posey, 'Price Check' is uncomfortable to watch in all the good ways, finding authenticity from an ugly situation, while working through 'Office Space' particulars with a sly sense of humor and an appreciation for the humiliation and anxiety of an exhaustive 9-5 life.
  • EntertainmentWeekly.com: Posey, her attention divided up into slivers, is funny as hell, but she's also terrifying in her evocation of a kind of moment-to-moment PowerPoint existence.
  • TVGuide.com: Price Check makes its unstable employer a woman, and with Parker Posey in the lead, the character is also quite funny and multidimensional for all of her abundant flaws.
Awards
  • Offical Nomination Sundance 2012

Tenure

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 15 juli 2014
Director: Mike Million
Cast: David Koechner (Thank You for Smoking, Get Smart, Paul, Anchorman 1 & 2), Gretchen Mol (Manchester By The Sea, Boardwalk Empire), Luke Wilson (Death at a Funeral, Idiocracy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Sasha Alexander (Tes Man, Rizzoli & Isles, He's Just Not That Into You)

At a Pennsylvania college, Charlie Thurber is a good teacher without publications. His tenure review is in three months, and he's trying to get an article in print. Out of the blue, the dean announces that a new assistant professor will join them, a scholarly young woman from Yale. Charlie now faces competition. His best friend Jay, an anthropologist looking for Sasquatch, urges Charlie to declare war on the new colleague. He gives in to his better judgment and goes along. Meanwhile, his father hates the local assisted living facility where he lives, Charlie tries to connect with a woman he sees on television, and one of his students makes a pass. Is tenure in the works?

Reviews
  • Filmcriticsunited.com: Tenure' had some really big laughs and a lot more little ones cleverly strewn throughout its all too short running time. A very, very enjoyable movie.
  • DVDVerdict.com: Tenure's success comes through its wry humor ... the subtle humor is what gets the big laughs. Amusing and occasionally very funny.
  • Filmintuition.com: A sort of eccentric Office Space for the academic set, Mike Million's beautifully shot film is a tremendous surprise for a straight-to-disc effort in that it had me laughing so hard that my cheeks actually ached afterward.
  • Screenspotlight.com: The characters (every character) are given brilliant dialogue, they are perfectly cast for their individual roles, and frankly, they are all excellent comedians. I expected another rubbish pile and instead I came upon buried treasure.
  • DVDManiacs.met: a very serviceable couple's picture without being too romantic, squishy, or causing the eyes to roll back.
  • Moviemet.com: a respectable first feature film for writer-director Mike Million.
  • Moviemeter.nl: Schaterlachen zit er niet in, maar regisseur Mike Millon heeft een sympathieke film afgeleverd die vrolijk doet stemmen. Zo'n film waar je een warm gevoel van krijgt zonder dat er overdreven feelgood aan te pas komt. Luke Wilson is prima in de hoofdrol, maar ook de bijrollen zijn sterk bezet. Bob Guntonen en David Koechner zorgen voor een komische noot in dit alternatieve en plezierige schouwspel.
Awards
  • Washington DC Independent Film Festival 2010 - Audience Award: Best Feature
  • Washington DC Independent Film Festival 2010 - DC Filmmaker Award

There's Always Woodstock

Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 17 augustus 2015
Director: Rita Merson
Cast: Ryan Guzman (Step Up 4 Miami Heat, Pretty Little Liars), Katey Sagal (Married With Children, Sons of Anarchy), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect, John Tucker Must Die), Allison Miller (17 Again, Terra Nova), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Rumer Willis (90210)

There's Always Woodstock is a music infused romantic comedy about a frustrated musician, Catherine Brown who finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at Abundant Records, a mega music record label with no soul. When Catherine is fired from her job and finds her fiancé in the shower with another women she decides she is going to sell her engagement ring and move back into her family home in Woodstock, reinvent herself and get back to what she has always wanted to do, write music and perform.

Returning to Woodstock for Catherine is bitter sweet. She hadn't been back since the death of her parents when she was only 4 years old. Catherine quickly finds herself in a rut and unable to write music. While exploring the town she meets and befriends a bartender and barista, Emily. After a drunken karaoke performance, Catherine stumbles out of the bar only to have a chance encounter with Noah, the resident town Doctor. There is an immediate attraction but Catherine is in no position to start dating. Little by little, Catherine starts to find herself, write music, and fall in love with Noah.

Just as it all seems to be coming together for her, everything begins to unravel once her fiancé comes back into her life and Abundant Records makes an offer to sign her as an artist. As Catherine struggles to reconcile her two vastly different worlds she ends up not only finding herself but also "true love."

Reviews
  • Village Voice: The rom-com elements don't always work, and the conclusion is a bit pat, but Always Woodstock is never less than charming and funny along the way.

You, Me and Him

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: TBA Q1 2018
Director: Daisy Aitkens
Cast: David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods, Bad Teacher, Dinner for Schmucks, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Pride), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Trilogy, Veep)

YOU, ME AND HIM is a witty romantic comedy set in middle class England about two female lovers, one a career driven lawyer (Lucy Punch) and the other a fun loving, pot smoking layabout (Faye Marsay); and their annoying Casanova neighbour (David Tennant).  While neither woman ever wanted children, both end up pregnant, creating conflicts that cause each to re-examine their outlook on life and the relationship. YOU, ME AND HIM brings humour, controversy, tears and surprises that will keep audiences in fits of laughter from the opening credits to the final curtain.

You May Not Kiss The Bride

Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 5 februari 2013
Director: Rob Hedden
Cast: Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Katharine McPhee (Smash), Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow, You Don), Kathy Bates (Titanic, About Schmidt), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Hijacked, X-Men: The Last Stand), Tia Carrere (True Lies), Ken Davitian (Borat)

Bryan Lighthouse photographs pets for a living – until the day that a client's German Shepherd chases and maims the beloved cat owned by the wife of Croatian crime lord Vlatko Nikitin. Rather than killing Bryan, Nikitin offers him an alternative: marry his daughter Mashaso she can get her green card. Bryan meets his Croatian bride and is instantly attracted to her... But, Nikitin makes it perfectly clear that Bryan is not allowed to touch Masha since she's been promised to Nikitin's jealous hit man, Brick. When Masha gets abducted and Brick convinces Nikitin that Bryan must be behind the plot, the pet photographer is as good as dead.

Reviews
  • Filmdilettante.com: A funny storyline, a good comic cast, and great sight gags ... a shining example of the genre.
  • ScreenSpotlight.com: Katharine McPhee seems so sweet and innocent and David Annable has a bright future.
  • Washington Post: Its lunacy is well staged and fast-paced.
  • Matchflick.com: YOU MAY NOT KISS the BRIDE is a Rom-Com for guys, full of physical comedy, explosions, and gunplay, and for girls who like the nice guy to get the girl, complete with a very gooey Hollywood Ending. Let's just say everyone's dreams came true, which is no real spoiler for a Rom-Com.
  • Themoviescene.co.uk: The likeability of Dave Annable and Katharine McPhee combined with a recognizable supporting cast and some genuinely amusing scenes makes it a pleasant surprise and much better than you probably expect.
  • Screenspotlight.com: Katharine McPhee seems so sweet and innocent and David Annable has a bright future in the movie business. This film definitely needs more Rob Schneider but his absence is forgivable as his character is by definition a colossal dumbass. Vinnie Jones is his typical rugged and bullying self (not a compliment). It is always worth a look to see Ken Davitian trying to play a character that is not associated with Borat. Perhaps my favorite character/actress in the film is Mena Suvari. She is willing to do whatever it takes to entertain audiences and it is clear that her incredible physique is often overlooked. Essentially, You May Not Kiss the Bride is worth your attention.
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