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10 wedding films to watch on Netflix on Propose Day

Big films for the big day
It might not be as well-known as Valentine’s but, less than a week before the commercial celebration of love, there’s another day dedicated to the Big L, and marriage proposals in particular.

Yes, February 8 is supposed to be the perfect day to go down on bended knee and declare you want to spend the rest of your life with your chosen loved one.

10 films to watch if you want to Netflix and chill this weekend

But if you’ve already walked down the aisle, aren’t interested in marriage or have no-one to ask or be asked by, then you can still commemorate Propose Day by watching one of the many wedding films available on Netflix.

Here’s a look at ten.

The Big Wedding
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Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Diane Keaton are just some of the A-listers vying for screentime in this predictable rom-com.

Ben Barnes and Amanda Seyfried also star as a soon-to-be married couple whose impending nuptials are thrown into chaos when the forme..

10 wedding films to watch on Netflix on Propose Day
Big films for the big day

It might not be as well-known as Valentine’s but, less than a week before the commercial celebration of love, there’s another day dedicated to the Big L, and marriage proposals in particular.

Yes, February 8 is supposed to be the perfect day to go down on bended knee and declare you want to spend the rest of your life with your chosen loved one.

• Xx films to watch on Netflix if you want to Netflix and chill this weekend (Jon O'Brien)10 films to watch if you want to Netflix and chill this weekend

But if you’ve already walked down the aisle, aren’t interested in marriage or have no-one to ask or be asked by, then you can still commemorate Propose Day by watching one of the many wedding films available on Netflix.

Here’s a look at ten.

The Big Wedding

Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Diane Keaton are just some of the A-listers vying for screentime in this predictable rom-com.

Ben Barnes and Amanda Seyfried also star as a soon-to-be married couple whose impending nuptials are thrown into chaos when the former’s ultra-conservative mother shows up.

De Niro doesn’t exactly sink to the levels of Dirty Grandpa here, but its awkward mix of gross-out comedy, slapstick and contrived family drama is far from his finest hour either.

Margot At The Wedding

This dysfunctional family drama also boasts a great ensemble cast (Jack Black, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh) but thankfully gives them more to work with.

Kidman stars as a self-absorbed writer who causes friction when she visits her free-spirited sister on the eve of her wedding.

Margot At The Wedding doesn’t provide much in the way of light relief, but it’s another absorbing character study from indie darling Noah Baumbach.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

A film that recently celebrated its 20th birthday, My Best Friend’s Wedding turned Rupert Everett into a star, Cameron Diaz into an A-lister and Dionne Warwick’s soul standard I Say A Little Prayer into a karaoke classic.

Unusually for a Julia Roberts romantic comedy, it also didn’t give its lead the traditional happy ending everyone was expecting, making it one of the more subversive examples of the genre, as well as one of the more entertaining.

Bride Wars

A year on from her Oscar-nominated turn in Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway chose to star in a very different kind of wedding movie – a misjudged and outdated broad comedy about battling bridezillas.

Also starring Kate Hudson as her friend-turned-foe and a pre-Hollywood heartthrob Chris Pratt as her fiance, Bride Wars is the kind of rom-com that gives rom-coms a bad name.

Wedding Daze

The ever-charming Isla Fisher stars in this offbeat romantic comedy as a waitress who accepts a wedding proposal from a stranger (Jason Biggs) still grieving over the sudden death of his girlfriend.

Written and directed by Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer, They Came Together), Wedding Daze is tonally all over the place, but the central pair just about make it work.

Drunk Wedding

The wedding movie got the found-footage treatment in 2015 with this bawdy cash-in on The Hangover franchise.

Drunk Wedding stars Nick P. Ross and Bethany Dwyer as the happy couple who invite various friends and family to their Nicaragua wedding, only for the majority of them to spend most of the time off their faces.

If you enjoy visual gags about premature ejaculation, urination and penis bite marks, then this is the wedding movie for you.

Otherwise, avoid like the plague.

Bridesmaids

One of the most influential comedies of the decade so far, Bridesmaids proved once and for all that films dismissed as ‘chick flicks’ could be just as, if not funnier, than anything driven entirely by men.

Melissa McCarthy may have grabbed a surprise Oscar nomination, but Kristen Wiig delivers an equally hilarious performance as the bridesmaid who becomes increasingly jealous over her BFF’s friendship with Rose Byrne’s rich wife.

From the funniest airplane scene since Airplane, to Maya Rudolph’s bride-to-be soiling herself in the street, and the joyful closing sing-along to Wilson Phillips, Bridesmaids is full of memorable moments that justifies its status as a modern classic.

Bachelorette

Starring the likes of Rebel Wilson, Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan, Bachelorette was one of the several female-fronted comedies that emerged in Bridesmaids’ wake.

Here, three desperately unlikeable friends meet up for the wedding of a girl they used to mercilessly mock at high school, where they quickly wrestle control of her bachelorette party.

It’s a premise which that for a lot of girls-behaving-badly chaos, but its mean-spirited characters and vulgar jokes results in a lack of charm.

Honeymoon In Vegas

Released in 1992, Honeymoon in Vegas boasts a typically manic performance from Nicolas Cage as a groom-to-be whose Sin City wedding is derailed by a professional gambler.

James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker also star in a screwball comedy version of Indecent Proposal packed with Elvis jokes and a cameo from none other than a young Bruno Mars.

Bride And Prejudice

Following the success of Bend It Like Beckham, director Gurinder Chadha delivered another feel-good cross-cultural tale, this time based on Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Here Aishwarya Rai stars as a young woman who, against her parents’ wishes, dismisses the idea of an arranged marriage in favour of finding her own future husband.

Step forward the Mr Darcy-esque character, AKA Martin Henderson’s handsome rich American, who quickly forges a will they/won’t they relationship that, of course, turns out to be yes, they will.

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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.


Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.


More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”


If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.

The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.

Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)



The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.


Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”


“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.

In a theater, the tendency with a movie so dependent on a central mystery might be to become antsy. At home, “Antebellum” is worth seeing, not only because of what it has to say about America’s past and present, but as a reminder of the often yawning gap between an intriguing idea and a fully realized film.



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‘Chemical Hearts’ director Richard Tanne on the film’s ‘bittersweet’ ending and what he hopes fans take away from the movie

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and ..

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and what he hopes fans take away from it.

“I think it’s gonna disappoint some people, and maybe all people on a certain level, ” the 35-year-old filmmaker told us. “It’s bittersweet. But that’s OK.”

The film, based on Krystal Sutherland’s 2016 book “Our Chemical Hearts” and now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, centers on 17-year-old high school senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams), who finds himself drawn to a mysterious and secretive new transfer student named Grace Town (Lili Reinhart).

“Chemical Hearts” is told from Henry’s perspective, chronicling his first heartbreak after he falls in love with the person he thinks Grace is.

Tanne, who wrote the screenplay, said that he was impressed by how the story goes ‘a little bit deeper than your average teen romance’


“I loved how it embraced the dark side of being young, the pain and the grief and the loss, the idea of crossing the threshold from being an adolescent to an adult for the first time,” he told us.

By the end of the movie, Henry learns about Grace’s tragic past. On their last day of senior year, the characters don’t end up together. Instead, they prepare to explore different futures, with Henry heading off to a school for writing and Grace taking a year off to continue therapy.

Even though fans might be disappointed by the love interests splitting, Tanne said that ‘not everything has to be escapist’


“Sometimes, younger people watching movies don’t know that it’s OK to have unhappy endings because they’re fed a steady stream, a steady diet of escapist happily ever after movies,” he told us. “And that’s OK.”

He added: “There’s a place for those, I’m not knocking them. But I just wanted to make something that didn’t talk down to the younger audience. I wanted to make something that either meets them at their level or asks them to reach a little bit higher or dig a little bit deeper.”

Tanne said that having to confront that ‘bittersweet ending’ could also be useful to viewers


The director described the conclusion as bittersweet because “there’s hope at the end, maybe not for their relationship, but for other aspects of their lives.”

“Maybe it will be helpful for young people to see that and walk away with the same sting that Henry has, but to know that it’s going to be OK, to know that Henry will be OK,” he said.

Abrams, who was 22 when he filmed the movie, told Insider that hopefully, audiences will empathize with Henry.

“I think in terms of I supposed how he’s navigating relationships, I feel like hopefully at least anyone can relate to that,” he said.

Abrams told Insider that Henry and Grace’s relationship status at the end speaks to the film’s realistic nature


Abrams shared similar sentiments as Tanne, telling us that they tried to “portray the characters as honestly as possible,” which ties in to the conclusion.

“I think there are some people that meet one person and that’s who they’re with for the rest of their lives, who actually are Henry’s parents in the movie,” the 23-year-old actor told us.

“But then there are other people, and I think it’s probably a larger number, that are going to be in multiple relationships and some of them, a lot of them aren’t going to go well. I hope that that’s an aspect of the movie that people are able to relate to.”

Abrams added that he’s “perfectly fine” letting fans decide for themselves what their main takeaways are from “Chemical Hearts.”

“I hope that maybe they take away things that I didn’t even think of, because everyone’s different and at a different point in their life and hopefully will be able to relate to it in different ways.”

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Julia Sawalha furious after being told she is ‘too old’

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would n..

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would not be cast in the forthcoming sequel to the hit Aardman Animation film Chicken Run as her voice sounded “too old”.

In the original film, released in 2000, Sawalha voiced the lead role of Ginger, the plucky hen who inspires her fellow egg-layers to escape from a farm when they are threatened with being turned into pies. News of the development of a sequel first emerged in 2018, and Netflixs involvement was announced in June. It is due to be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) and start production in 2021.

Sawalha posted a statement on social media saying she was told a week ago that she was not wanted for the sequel. “The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds too old and they want a younger actress to reprise the role.”

She added: “Usually in these circumstances, an actress would be given the chance to do a voice test in order to determine the suitability of their pitch and tone, I however was not given this opportunity. I am passionate about my work and I dont go down without a fight, so I did my own voice test at home and sent it to the producers … However, they stated, We will be going ahead to recast the voice of Ginger.”

Sawalhas protest follows reports that Mel Gibson, who voiced the character of daredevil rooster Rocky, would not be involved in the sequel. While Rocky is named as a character in the official plot synopsis for Chicken Run 2, the role is due to be recast. Variety magazine reported that Gibson was told that as “the sequel will revolve around younger chickens, therefore casting younger voice actors” was necessary. The report also claimed that Gibsons history of controversial behaviour, including an accusation of antisemitic comments by actor Winona Ryder, which Gibson denies, played no part in the recasting.

Sawalha added: “I feel I have been fobbed off with the same excuse … To say I am devastated and furious would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless.”

No official announcements have been made for the Chicken Run 2 cast, but original film cast members Jane Horrocks and Lynn Ferguson have been added to the films IMDb page.

Aardman has been contacted for a response.

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