Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire follows Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, who is tasked with painting a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a soon-to-be bride, but must do so in secret. Unexpectedly though, both women find themselves falling for each other.

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

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If Beale Street Could Talk centers around Tish (Kiki Layne) as she must balance being a young mother and trying to prove that her fiancé Fonny (Stephen James) is innocent when he is wrongfully arrested.

At first, I wasn’t sure about Tish and Fonny as a couple, they were awkward for me at the beginning of the film, but that is expected from an innocent, young couple. But as you see this couple throughout the film, you fall in love with them. They are the heart of the film and what makes this movie pure.

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Her (2013)

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Her takes place in the not so distant future, with Theodore (Joaquin Pheonix) feeling lonely and heartbroken after divorcing his ex-wife. When a new AI operating system comes out named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), he buys it to help him not feel isolated, but slowly starts to fall in love with her.

I remember when this film came out a couple years ago and I dismissed it because I thought it was weird that a man falls in love with a robot. And while the premise is still a little weird, this actually is a beautiful story.

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

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Crazy Rich Asians revolves around Rachel (Constance Wu), a NYU Professor, who goes with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding), to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. But only on the way to Singapore does Rachel find out that Nick’s family is traditional and filthy rich. So, Rachel must learn how to navigate a way into Nick’s family and win his mother’s approval.

It would be remiss not to mention that this movie has an all Asian cast. And it’s a really great thing to see. In the film, we get to see more Asian culture – food, music, style, the Singapore skyline – things not typically presented in a Hollywood film. And like Black Panther earlier this year, this film is making buttloads of money at the box office, so yes more representation please, it’s time to get more diverse stories out there. Even though Coco was a huge success last year, let’s get an all Hispanic cast next in a live action film.

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Adrift (2018)

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Adrift surrounds a couple Tami and Richard played by Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafin. The two are travelers who meet in Tahiti and start up a romance. The two decide to sail the world together, but once they get a job to sail to San Diego a hurricane cuts through their path, wrecks their boat, and both must try to survive until they are able to reach land, which is thousands of miles away.

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Casablanca (1942)

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*Note: There will be spoilers in this review*

This classic film takes place during World War II. Where Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) owns a club in Casablanca and unexpectedly runs into his ex, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), and her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Her return brings back anger and hurt that he felt when she left him, but it also brings back feelings of love. And Rick is forced to choose between doing what’s best for him or doing the greater good.

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