Why Didn’t More Fans Watch The New Charlie’s Angels Movie?

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Why didn’t more fans turn out for the new Charlie’s Angels movie? There’s always more than one reason why any movie disappoints at the box office. There have been some major highs in 2019 — Avengers: Endgame, Joker, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hobbs & Shaw — and a string of underperforming movies like Hellboy, Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix, Rambo: Last Blood, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Doctor Sleep.

See any common denominators there? Fans love sequels. They hate sequels. They love remakes. They hate remakes. You have to get more specific to understand why fans avoid certain movies, so let’s get specific on Charlie’s Angels.

No One Wanted Another Charlie’s Angels Movie 

Sometimes a movie can get past a “Who Asked For This?” complaint by surprising with strong word-of-mouth reviews. I’m thinking of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — ’cause no one asked for another Jumanji movie. Then one showed up and it was awesome and it kept making money. So we’re getting another Jumanji movie, which may or may not continue the success. Jared Leto and his fans would tell you we didn’t need a new Joker movie, but then one showed up looking very different from what we’re used to and fans made it the first R-Rated movie to hit $1 billion.

Charlie’s Angels isn’t technically a reboot, but it looked like one, and it left fans wondering why we were doing this again. It’s a continuation of the Charlie’s Angels film series started in 2000 and continued in 2003. But it’s in the same boat with Men in Black: International in that it’s not giving fans more of what they liked before, it’s giving them something they did not ask for. Who is this movie for? On that note…

Charlie’s Angels Didn’t Have Enough Star Power 

When the first trailer came out with Kristen Stewart’s new look, showing off her comedic chops, there was a lot of interest on the internet. But you can’t just a movie by niche social media reactions. Stewart has a loyal fan base she’s been building since Twilight, and it’s possible they did all turn out for Charlie’s Angels‘ $8.6 million opening, but the movie needed a lot more.

The 2000 Charlie’s Angels had the combined star power of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, plus Bill Murray and Tim Curry. The new Charlie’s Angels has Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou, but it mostly seems to be trying to establish new stars. That’s a worthy goal — new stars have to start somewhere — but it’s risky for a big-budget movie.

Charlie’s Angels Needed To Be A Better Movie – Or At Least Get Good Word-Of-Mouth 

If you’re going to pull a Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, you need people on your side. You don’t always need the critics, but you DO need the public. Charlie’s Angels has a B+ CinemaScore, which is good but not wowza. The Good Liar is there with a B score, which may be part of why that movie tanked even harder in its opening this weekend. Charlie’s Angels has a meh 60% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 80% rating from users, but there are only 592 verified reviews up now. It has a very low 4.3/10 rating from 4,403 users on IMDb.

Charlie’s Angels Had Stiff Competition 

You know who did get the great reviews and fan scores? Ford V Ferrari. First of all, that title! It also has an ecstatic A+ CinemaScore and a 99% rating from RT users. Plus, it has the star power of Christian Bale and Matt Damon. It’s not a sequel, remake, or reboot, but it proves The Golden Rule — a good movie will find an audience. It doesn’t always find them opening weekend at the box office, but when it has two A-listers and a title like that, well, no shock it raced to victory.

Charlie’s Angels — which moved around on the release schedule several times before landing here — was also slightly edged out by Midway, which surprised in a good way for a second weekend. Midway ended up #1 last weekend for Veterans Day, shocking everyone who expected Doctor Sleep to win. Midway is also riding an A CinemaScore and very high fan scores.

Charlie’s Angels Couldn’t Find Its Audience 

According to Deadline, Sony knew Charlie’s Angels was a one quadrant movie aimed at girls/women 13-39. That’s a very social demo. However, many of the stars (like Kristen Stewart) aren’t on social media themselves, so they didn’t get that free marketing boost to reach more potential viewers. The movie was tracking for a $12-$13 million opening, and didn’t get there, which Deadline deemed a marketing fail. The studio was going to spend $100 million on advertising but now that is being halved.

Charlie’s Angels Alienated Another Potential Audience 

I’m seeing a lot of “go woke go broke” gloating out there, but it’s not that simple. Plenty of people would consider Captain Marvel and Black Panther “woke,” and the older female demo made a hit out of the Downton Abbey movie, which blew both Rambo V and Ad Astra out of the box office water. But when the word came out that Charlie’s Angels would be “woke,” that set off alarm bells for some action movie fans. Kristen Stewart tried to assure fans it would still be fun and funny — and Charlie’s Angels has always been about “girl power” — but the idea that the film would be preaching some kind of agenda ended up making some moviegoers root against it.

Ford V Ferrari may have kicked Charlie’s Angels‘ butt at the box office, but people aren’t reading or commenting much on FvF stories, at least not here on CinemaBlend. There are, however, plenty of people jumping on any hate bandwagon for Charlie’s Angels (and Terminator: Dark Fate). So that tells you a little bit about what people are really interested in.

Did you see Charlie’s Angels or Ford V Ferrari or any other movie at the theater this weekend? Or did you watch Earthquake Bird on Netflix, like I did, and then wonder what the hell you just saw?

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Blake Lively Is Back To Her Old Instagram Tricks To Promote The Rhythm Section

When Blake Lively updates her Instagram, it’s usually to do one of a few things: promote an upcoming film or brand sponsorship, give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her life, or mercilessly troll her husband. So, her nearly 26 million followers weren’t surprised at first when she used the social media platform to post a teaser for her new movie The Rhythm Section. That is, until she did something pretty drastic to make sure we were paying attention.

Back in September, Blake Lively shared the full trailer for her upcoming thriller in an Instagram post. And it’s not that fans didn’t notice it — plenty liked and commented on the post. But weeks later, on November 16, she really made sure it was the only thing her fans could see, by deleting every other post on her account.

This isn’t the first time Blake Lively has pulled this kind of promotional move. In 2018, she did the exact same thing to promote A Simple Favor — except that time, she also unfollowed Ryan Reynolds. She eventually restored her account, and re-followed her husband. So we can probably expect her to do something similar once her promotional run for The Rhythm Section is over.

In the meantime, she’s definitely drawn more attention to her latest project. The Rhythm Section follows the actress’ character, Stephanie Patrick, as she tries to find out what happened after her family dies in a suspicious plane crash. Once she realizes that the plane crash wasn’t accidental, she sets about to avenge their deaths by going full assassin. The trailer makes The Rhythm Section look like it will be a sexy, tense thriller — and it also showcases another bold move for Blake Lively.

For at least part of the film, the actress will be sporting a brunette pixie cut. Blake Lively first revealed the haircut in a (now-deleted) Instagram post back in April. And it’s not the first time she’s become a non-blonde — she also dyed her hair brown for her role in 2011’s Green Lantern. The Rhythm Section trailer also shows Blake Lively’s character going incognito with shaggy blonde hair and a femme fatale-esque red ‘do.

Watching Blake Lively delve into a chameleon-like character should be a trip. In the past few years, she’s proven that she’s capable of tackling different genres, having showed off her comedic chops alongside Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor and giving a harrowing performance in The Shallows. This is an entirely new kind of role for her though — and one she’s clearly excited for fans to see.

The Rhythm Section doesn’t hit theaters until January 31, 2020. So we may have to wait quite a while before she returns to her usual Instagram habits.

Ford V Ferrari Box Office: Matt Damon And Christian Bale’s New Movie Cruises To Victory

Over the past decade or so, studios have consistently prioritized rebooting or extending once popular franchises rather than greenlighting movies based around original characters. The thought process has been that audiences would be more likely to support things with prior name recognition. Well, one weekend never tells the complete story, but as evidence goes, let’s just say there was quite a bit this weekend to contest that conventional wisdom.

Ford V Ferrari cruised to not only an easy victory at the box office but also a really impressive A+ CinemaScore, while Charlie’s Angels couldn’t even break nine million dollars and looks like it will probably finish in third place, a huge disappointment for a movie rumored to have a production budget of almost $50M.

You can check out estimated numbers for the Top 10 below, courtesy of Box Office Mojo

1. Ford V Ferrari

$31,037,000 Total: $31,037,000


THTRS: 3,528

2. Midway

$8,750,000 Total: $35,140,773

LW: 1

THTRS: 3,242

3. Charlie’s Angels

$8,600,000 Total: $8,600,000


THTRS: 3,452

4. Playing With Fire

$8,550,000 Total: $25,497,824

LW: 3

THTRS: 3,185

5. Last Christmas

$6,700,000 Total: $22,575,765

LW: 4

THTRS: 3,454

6. Doctor Sleep

$6,181,000 Total: $25,039,159

LW: 2

THTRS: 3,855

7. The Good Liar

$5,656,000 Total: $5,656,000


THTRS: 2,439

8. Joker

$5,635,000 Total: $322,599,593

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,337

9. Maleficent 2

$5,247,000 Total: $106,040,384

LW: 7

THTRS: 2,549

10. Harriet

$4,780,000 Total: $31,882,990

LW: 8

THTRS: 2,011

I’m not sure that Ford V Ferrari number was the best case scenario for those involved, but it’s hard to be bothered by solidly winning the weekend, having phenomenal word of mouth and producing a lot of awards season-related chatter. If nothing else, the film it setting itself up to have a nice extended run of solid business at the box office. Many people who saw the film this weekend will say positive things to their friends, and if the movie can propel itself into the nomination conversation, some filmgoers who aren’t predisposed to seeing something like this will make the effort. And they should. The movie is very solid. Nine of us here at CinemaBlend have seen it so far, and according to our internal doc, it has an average rating of 3.75/5.

As for the rest of the field, it’s really hard to get excited about anyone else’s numbers. A lot more was expected from Charlie’s Angels. The marketing budget seemed to be pretty hefty, and I’m sure there was hope the movie would be able to launch a franchise. At one point, estimates even had it making around thirty million its opening weekend. Now the hope will shift to getting as close as possible to breaking even (Fingers crossed on foreign returns!). It was also disappointing news for fellow newcomer The Good Liar this week, which finished a frustrating seventh. Adult dramas like that tend to need some awards buzz to do any real damage, but unfortunately, with only pretty decent reviews, that doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Expect much heavier competition at the box office next week as Frozen 2 makes its long-awaited debut and assumedly, puts up a far bigger number than we saw from any of the films this weekend.

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Fans Get ‘Release The Snyder Cut’ Trending On Justice League’s 2-Year Anniversary

Twitter has become a gathering place for fandoms of all kinds. And on November 17, it also became a bit of a battle ground for fans of Zack Snyder’s DC films. To mark the two-year anniversary of Warner Bro.’s Justice League, fans trended a hashtag with a singular goal: To get the studio to release the ‘Snyder Cut’ of the film.

It may seem like a peculiar request, if you haven’t been following the DC fandom over the past few years. But the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement has been a long time coming. In short: Zack Snyder’s abrupt departure from Justice League left the film a bit of a mess. And on the whole, it was not well-received by fans, who felt it didn’t do its characters justice, especially after a lot of footage was cut. In the years since, Zack Snyder has made it clear that he has an extended version of the film that fans are eager to see.

The hashtag project is only part of the push for a Snyder cut release. And fans were definitely ready to get it trending. CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell added his voice (and a snazzy t-shirt) into the mix.

Fans called the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut push the “Day of Justice,” and announced that they hoped to get 214,000 tweets attributed to the hashtag. It was immediately clear that they were taking the challenge seriously.

The hashtag became a way for fans to vent two years of frustrations with Warner Bros. And the reactions ran the gamut — and showcased the fandom’s fighting spirit and creativity. Unsurprisingly, some fans used memes to air their grievances.

Other fans stuck to the basics, reminding the Twitter sphere why the hashtag was needed in the first place.

Enterprising fans shared enticing set photos and unused footage to show everyone what they were missing with Justice League’s theatrical cut.

Many fans also tagged Twitter handles for Warner Bros. and the company’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

The #ReleaseTheSynderCut hashtag wasn’t just a place for fans to air their grievances, though. They also took the time to celebrate not only Zack Snyder, but also the characters and actors they’ve grown to love.

In the days leading up to November 17, some other important figures weighed in. Several celebrities tweeted in support of the hashtag. And Zack Snyder himself used social media to release some stills from his extended version as a part of his ongoing Snyder Cut series. Thus far, the only major player who hasn’t responded is Warner Bros.

Greedo Actor Is Confused By ‘Maclunkey,’ And Star Wars In General

Every so often, a new word trends on the internet. On Disney+ launch day, it was “Maclunkey.”

Paul Blake played Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, and he told Empire he did indeed see the new “Maclunkey” version of the scene:

It has to be interesting to be part of the Star Wars convention circuit as someone who played a character in one iconic scene — while hidden under a mask — in one movie back in 1977. It must be especially interesting if you never quite understood the movies. The character of Greedo appeared in a deleted scene in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but not played by Paul Blake. Greedo was also in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Linguist Larry Ward actually performed the voice of Greedo in A New Hope, but Paul Blake told Empire “Maclunkey” certainly wasn’t in any of the dialogue.

However, it does work as a last line if you consider “Maclunkey” is said to roughly mean “This’ll be the end of you.” That’s the translation going around via fans, and it was previously delivered in Huttese by the pod racer Sebulba in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

From that perspective, “Maclunkey” does make sense, since Greedo thinks he’s getting in one last quality zinger before blowing Han Solo away. History just didn’t turn out that way. (Greedo would’ve loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though.)

The Rock’s Black Adam Movie Hired Some Key Talent From DC’s Joker

The details surrounding DC’s Black Adam feature film have slowly been coming together. We’ve got The Rock in the starring role, and Jaume Collet-Serra as the director. And we just learned that the Black Adam crew has snagged a Joker alum for a key production role.

On November 16, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson retweeted an interview between Steven Weintraub and Lawrence Sher, Joker’s director of photography. And in the process, he shared some exciting news:

Though DC hasn’t officially confirmed The Rock’s Twitter announcement, it’s safe to say that it’s probably a done deal. As Joker has quickly become one of the most talked about films of the year (and one of the most successful movies ever), Lawrence Sher has offered some insights into the collaborative environment on the set. And that, in turn, has given fans some idea of how he works. Black Adam won’t just mark his second time working with The Rock — he will also be re-teaming with Jungle Cruise’s director, Jaume Collet-Serra, who thus far is best known for horror fare like Orphan and The Shallows.

The news marks an ongoing shift in Lawrence Sher’s career. Prior to taking on Joker, the director of photography built a career working on well-known comedies — like The Hangover series, with his frequent collaborator, Todd Phillips. He also worked with Zach Braff, on films like Garden State and Wish I Was Here. But he’s begun to branch out over the past couple of years with bigger budget fare like Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Lawrence Sher has plenty of time to get ready for production on Black Adam. The film’s producer, Hiram Garcia, recently confirmed that it won’t begin shooting until the end of 2020. However, he won’t have waited nearly as long as The Rock, who’s been on board to play the titular hero for over a decade. In the meantime, he has another project besides Jungle Cruise in post-production — another comedy-drama, The Starling.

Though the tone of Black Adam will likely be quite a bit different than Joker, Lawrence Sher has already proven that he’s capable of successfully bringing a comic book icon to the screen. We’re excited to see how he adapts his visual style to yet another unique universe.

There’s no official release date yet, but Black Adam will probably be hitting theaters in late 2021. Until then, we’ll be watching for more updates from the production team. You can stay up to date with us, and be sure to browse our DC movies guide, too.

Chris Evans Has Blunt Thoughts About His Directorial Debut With Before We Go

Why hasn’t Chris Evans directed a second time after his 2014 debut with Before We Go? Well, he knows why: It’s the script, stupid should be Hollywood’s It’s the economy, stupid since everything boils down to that basic ingredient.

So if you have a killer movie script sitting around, maybe send it to Chris Evans. That was apparently a problem with Before We Go, the indie romance Evans made before Avengers: Age of Ultron. The rom-com was originally called 1:30 Train, based on a script by Ron Bass (Rain Man).

Ultimately, Before We Go was filmed with four credited writers — including Bass, but not Chris Evans — and starred Evans and Alice Eve as the romantic leads. The movie got lousy reviews (27% RT, with a 56% audience score) but a decent 6.8/10 rating from more than 47,000 IMDb users.

It’s clear, though, that Chris Evans wants better material for the second film he directs. The topic came up during a conversation between Avengers co-stars Evans and Scarlett Johansson for Variety Studio: Actors on Actors. She asked him where his head was at for future directing projects. Here’s his answer:

“A ceiling based on the material” is a kind way of shading a story, but still shade. He’s not wrong, though. The material for Before We Go was a sweet romantic comedy, that was its job and it found an audience. Was it one of the great rom-coms of our time? No. The story was slight, and he knows it, but the leads were charming and you could watch it on a plane to pass the time. It was a decent directorial debut — it just sounds like Chris Evans thought he could do more with it, but he’s aware that his own strengths aren’t in screenwriting, so he’s flashing the Batsignal (wrong hero?) for help with the next movie.

Scarlett Johansson asked her fellow Avenger what kind of stories he wanted to tell as a director. Chris Evans talked about his interest in Buddhism:

Interesting. It’s certainly a deeper and more spiritual topic than a rom-com or a comic book movie. Exploring the meaning of life isn’t exactly easy, though, unless you’re Monty Python. Bernardo Bertolucci delved into this world a bit with Keanu Reeves in Little Buddha, although Chris Evans may be more interested in “loose concepts” rather than something so directly about Buddhism.

Chris Evans should be more free to pursue directing projects, now that he’s finished (maybe) his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was recently in the Netflix film The Red Sea Diving Resort, written and directed by Gideon Raff. Now Evans is currently promoting Knives Out, written and directed by Rian Johnson.

So he’s been soaking up the experiences of writer-directors out there, and ones who’ve had mixed results. Maybe that will inspire him to just take the risk of adapting something meaningful to him and, well, what’s the worst that can happen? Trolls on the internet say you ruined their childhoods? Sometimes that leads to script gold too.

Thor: Ragnarok Deleted Scene Reveals The Brutal Way Odin Was Originally Going To Die

Odin’s death in Thor: Ragnarok struck a perfect balance between tragedy and hope. But according to a recently revealed deleted scene, it could have gone down much differently. The original plan for Odin’s death was entirely different from how the pivotal moment ultimately played out. And Odin’s original death was way more brutal — in more ways than one.

In the theatrical version of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki and Thor track down their father after learning his nursing home was destroyed. They’re relieved to find that he’s living peacefully in Norway — though he is rapidly nearing death. Odin is able to find closure with his sons before he passes away naturally. And his death is most certainly not in vain — it lays the foundation for New Asgard. A deleted scene available in the Infinity Saga box set shows that his death could have been the result of a much more unnerving moment.

The scene still features Thor and Loki, but they find Odin in much different circumstances. He is homeless, and wandering the streets of New York City, and though he recognizes his sons, it is not a peaceful reunion. Odin rambles as he speaks to them, asserting that Asgard is not real, and that Ragnarok and Hela are coming. He then transfers his powers to Thor, making him king, but not before giving Thor a glimpse of the impending destruction. And then, as if the whole scene isn’t heartbreaking enough, Hela appears.

She confronts her father, asking him why he kept her work a secret, and he remarks at how cold and brutal she has become. Hela then proves him right, stabbing Odin in the chest and killing him. Then, for good measure, she sets about destroying Mjolnir while Loki and Thor escape.

So, yeah, pretty brutal. This wasn’t the only deleted scene from Thor: Ragnarok. But it’s easily the one that would have changed the feel of the movie the most. It also explains some unanswered questions fans had about Thor: Ragnarok regarding some early glimpses we got of Odin during filming.

Original Thor: Ragnarok trailer clips showed Hela with Thor’s hammer in an alley — that New York alley — and then that was changed to a field in Norway. Taika Waititi told Digital Spy why they made that change:

And let’s be honest — it’s much easier to make peace with Odin’s death when he’s not being brutally murdered by his daughter in a New York alley.

The Infinity Saga box set is a treasure trove for MCU fans looking to see how things could have been in the Avengers franchise. It also offers a glimpse at how Captain Marvel would have appeared if she’d made it into Avengers: Age of Ultron. It also features bonus and deleted scenes from the Iron Man films, some exciting additional footage from Avengers: Infinity War, and test footage from Black Panther, among other content.

10 Best Romantic Movies On Netflix Right Now

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When it comes to seeking out the best romantic movies on Netflix, there are thankfully lots to choose from. From quirky comedies to intense dramas, the streaming giant has subscribers covered with an array of romances that would leave Cupid delighted.

Among them are familiar favorites like PS: I Love You and The Ugly Truth, and Netflix also currently has Rumor Has It…, starring a pre-Yellowstone Kevin Costner and post-Friends Jennifer Aniston. Not to mention Netflix’s own Adam Sandler & Aniston vehicle, Murder Mystery, which is getting a sequel! When it comes to the best romantic movies on Netflix right now, they are good. However, these made our top ten as the best.

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Always Be My Maybe

Comedian Ali Wong and Aquaman’s Randall Park star in the beyond charming romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe. In the Netflix original movie, Wong and Park respectively play Sasha and Marcus, a pair of long-time friends who abruptly grow apart. Reunited sixteen years later, all the sparks resurface, but can they make a romantic relationship work? I will not give that answer away!

Always Be My Maybe is one of the best romantic movies on Netflix due to its hearty blend of laughs and emotional highs and lows. That is not usually the easiest balance to strike, but it’s Always the case here. Ali Wong and Randall Park’s dazzling natural chemistry readily makes viewers believe in Sasha and Marcus’ friendship and time-honored bond. Accordingly, their romantic chemistry registers in equal measure! There is no maybe about it, you need to watch Always Be My Maybe.

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Something’s Gotta Give

Hollywood icons Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson spark things up in Something’s Gotta Give, playing characters who aren’t immediately so fond of each other. It is a hilarious journey to get to true romance in this 2003 rom-com written and directed by romance extraordinaire, Nancy Meyers.

Things start with Diane Keaton’s daughter having been in a relationship with Jack Nicholson’s Harry, a womanizer who never settles down for long. After a heart attack, everything in Harry’s world changes, and meets his match in a grand and humorous fashion in Keaton’s feisty Erica. (Also, starring is a post-Neo, pre-John Wick Keanu Reeves as Harry’s doctor!) It is tough to believe this film is sixteen years old! Something’s Gotta Give doesn’t give an inch when it comes to its humor (though it has admittedly been a while since I saw it). If you are into couples starting off cold before turning things warm, then this 2003 rom-com should do the trick.

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The Spectacular Now

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley deliver career-making turns in this heartfelt coming-of-age teen romance, with Teller as the hard-partying Sutter Keely and Woodley as good girl Aimee Finecky. The Spectacular Now is a drama with an intense romance at its core, and everyone who wondered what had critics raving can stream the movie right now on Netflix.

The connection between Sutter and Aimee is definitely palatable, but it is at times prone to tragic consequences. What makes The Spectacular Now one of the best romantic movies on Netflix is that it makes you step back and consider if the core relationship is a good one to be embarked on. In that regard and many more, The Spectacular Now is a thought-provoking must-watch, and Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller’s chemistry will have you wondering when on earth they are planning to re-team again.

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Sadece Sen

Another strong early entry, Sadece Sen centers on Ali, a former boxer with a dark past, who is befriended by Hazal, a lovely and effervescent blind woman. As their romance builds, so does the suspense and the surprises. And yes, the chemistry between leads Ibrahim Celikkol and Belçim Bilgin is downright mind-blowing. I do not know about you, but that is an absolute must when it comes to a great movie romance.

You will be hard-pressed to find a more purely romantic movie on Netflix than Sadece Sen. It is one of the best because it hits all of the buttons, and I do mean all of them. There is intrigue, excitement, and even an edge-of-your-seat tension surrounding the fate of its main characters.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Fans seeking out Netflix’s more current romance titles will want to get in on the pop culture sensation To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The film centers on the chaos that ensues when Lana Condor’s Laura Jean has her love letters leaked to the public by her little sister.

There is a reason that Netflix subscribers who love rom-coms have gone gaga for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It is a cute, sublime, and easily re-watchable romantic gem of a movie that possesses loads of breezy ’90s-esque charm to anchor this lovely entry. Lara Jean and Noah Centineo’s Peter spark up a lovable romance that the two leads’ chemistry sets the stage for. It is no wonder that the smash hit for Netflix is getting a sequel (that will possibly have David Spade feeling feisty).

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Falling Inn Love

Christina Milian’s Gabriela Diaz is on top of the world when two bad things happen at the same time in the romantic Netflix original Falling Inn Love. The design firm that Gabriela works at folds, and she then breaks up with her long-time boyfriend. She is not giving up on happiness, though! After entering a contest in the dead of night, Gabriela wakes up to learn she won an inn! She heads to New Zealand, where friendly locals greet her, yet has a prickly first encounter with Adam Demos’ Jake.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, those feelings prove temporary, and the duo soon begins to fall “inn” love. Falling Inn Love has all of the hallmarks of a feel-good romance replete with loads of charm, laughs, and genuine chemistry between Christina Milian and Adam Demos. It might make you want to start making your own romantic puns after watching. Or not.

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About Time

Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams star in this captivating romance that would be one of the best lovey-dovey Netflix offerings in any time period. Told with the complicated framework of a time-travel premise, About Time finds its way to cut into searing emotional territory. Directed by Notting Hill helmer, Richard Curtis, About Time is a tear-jerker for reasons you may not entirely expect, since it is as much about life as it is love and romance. Its central character’s questions about the human existence’s various intricacies remain straightforward and relatable.

Worth noting is that this is the better of Rachel McAdams’ romantic time-travel ventures. The actress’ other drama in this realm, (The Time Traveler’s Wife), is also available to stream on Netflix. If you have to make a choice, though, you will not want to miss About Time!

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The global smash-hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon offers up lots of stellar sword fights on top of its powerful romance. The Ang Lee-directed masterpiece is now on Netflix, and it is among the best and most unique romantic movies on the service right now, with a star-studded cast that includes Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang.

At its core, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a love story on top of being a breathtaking epic. It centers on the theft of a sword amidst a backdrop of romantic intrigue between multiple characters in ancient China. This is one of those movies that never fades after watching, thanks to stellar performances and sweeping choreography. It is one of the most exciting romantic movies on Netflix, with high stakes that lead up to a truly unforgettable ending.

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The Lighthouse of the Orcas

Are you looking for romance and a story of self-discovery and maturation? Then our last entry, The Lighthouse of the Orcas, is the romantic Netflix movie for you! The film centers on a mother, Maribel Verdú’s Lola, who travels to Patagonia so that her autistic son can connect with wild orcas. Once there, they meet Beto (Joaquín Furriel), an unfriendly ranger who begrudgingly agrees to help.

The romance that ensues between Lola and Beto is sweet, tender, unexpected, and intense. It also plays very authentically, despite its potentially quirky logline. Nothing comes easy to them or for them. The Lighthouse of the Orcas possesses a lot of moving parts, emotional layers, and heavily relies on the unspoken dynamic between its leads to tell its story. Mission obviously accomplished, since it made the cut here.

Just Friends Amy Smart Jamie Palamino Ryan Reynolds Chris Brander

Just Friends

Let’s head back to the get light-hearted side of romance again! Just Friends is a non-Deadpool-esque Ryan Reynolds vehicle that brings the romance and the laughs. Reynolds plays Chris Brander, a guy who was stuck in the friend zone back in high school by his crush, Jamie (Amy Smart). Many successful years later, a high-flying Chris gets stranded in his hometown, and he soon decides to try to win Jamie’s love, once and for all!

Just Friends is sweet and, at times, hilarious to the point of laughing-crying. When it comes to romantic movies with a sense of humor, Just Friends is one of the best feel-good offerings on Netflix.

If you are in the mood for even more romantic movies, I would also suggest Our Lovers, We Need to Talk, Carrie Pilby, and Like Water for Chocolate; a great romantic Netflix quadruple feature if I ever heard one, and something to keep in mind when searching for Netflix’s best romantic movie offerings.

Romance can be hard enough to find in life, so let finding the best romantic movies on Netflix be one less thing filling up your plate. There is a lot of upcoming content heading to Netflix before the end of the year. Hopefully, even more romantic movies will be among them, since everything mentioned above could certainly always use the company!

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The Suicide Squad Has More Practical Effects Than All Of James Gunn’s Movies Combined

Some directors like to keep an air of mystery surrounding their sets. James Gunn is not one of those directors. He routinely shares morsels of information about his filmmaking process with fans. And thanks to that habit, we now know that his upcoming The Suicide Squad will have more practical effects than all of the rest of his films combined.

The director recently shared a fun behind-the-scenes clip from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 on Instagram. The short video shows several people inside a studio, watching footage from the film in which Gamora is yelled at by an angry mob in Kyln. The people in the studio are yelling, pointing fingers, and moving between microphones that are set up between them and the screen. They’re helping to loop the audio, which means they’re re-recording dialogue and background noises so the audio sounds clear in the film.

James Gunn added some context in his caption, explaining, “Moving the actors around from mic to mic adds dynamism to the surround sound. Loop group is always a fun part of the filmmaking process and helps bring a movie fully to life.”

Fans responded favorably to the Instagram post, and one even commented, “Very nice. Good to see filmmakers are still using practical effects.” And James Gunn apparently shares his enthusiasm for old-school movie-making. He responded to the comment, telling the fan:

It’s an intriguing piece of intel about the film, which fans have been eagerly anticipating since James Gunn was announced as director. It means that The Suicide Squad will rely less on visual effects, like CGI, to bring the story to life. James Gunn’s previous films, like Slither, Super, and the first two Guardians films, have all had elements of elevated reality or fantasy. So, it will be interesting to see how he pulls off a more old-school way of bringing the more fantastical elements of his latest film to life.

We’ll have to wait to August 6, 2021 to see how James Gunn utilizes the practical effects he’s so excited about. And he has yet to comment on whether or not he’ll use a similar method when he tackles Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.