Raditya Dika finds a better rhythm and theme—for the follow-up of his ‘single’ tour de force—that works warmly even when the symptoms of theme’s fatigue become more apparent.
Si Doel the Movie 2 hits the nostalgia button even harder this time even when the narrative keeps slowly lollygagging with the titular character’s infamous indecisiveness.
While seemingly only ticking off some major rom-com to-do list, Always Be My Maybe is elevated by Ali Wong & Randall Park’s individual and collective performance channeling the insecurity of American-born Asians.
Theron and Rogen’s blithesome chemistry excels in this carefree political rom-com that feels somehow sincere and biting at the same time.
Beyond the beautifully staged and shot pictures, Ave Maryam is a black comedy with Catholic guilt as the punchline. Rich with subtexts; but modest, if not poor, with narrative impact.
It’s flawed, but Mantan Manten manages to deliver an emotionally gripping look on letting go of love lost from an unusual take on Javanese matrimony tradition.
Five Feet Apart is like a deliberately sappy fanfiction of The Fault in Our Stars saved by Haley Lu Richardson’s star-making performance and Cole Sprouse’s ethereal charm.
Friend Zone, while building the narrative on an overly familiar material plus some jetset life clichés, can still deliver its hook right at the gut.
Even when Isn’t It Romantic? fell into the subject it tries to criticize, it’s still uplifting. Thanks to Rebel Wilson.
Fall in Love at First Kiss could’ve delivered a more heartwarming romance which pays beautiful tribute to the source material, whichever it refers to.