Plus superhero fun and romance abroad. We know what everyone will be doing Sunday night
Hello, there! We know what everyone will be doing Sunday night (duh, House of the Dragon finale), but while most of us are heading nowhere more exotic than our couches, we can still daydream about packing our bags and jetting off to a far-flung locale for a much-needed vacation. This week’s new releases make that easy, as the tropical George Clooney-Julia Roberts rom-com hits theaters and the Zoe Saldaña Italian rom-dram series hits Netflix.
Ticket to Paradise
Julia Roberts and George Clooney star in this good old-fashioned rom-com about a divorced couple who travel to their daughter’s destination wedding in Bali, hoping to talk her out of tying the knot. Will their constant bickering give way to a different type of friction once they land in paradise? This is a rom-com, so you tell us.
The Elevator Pitch: Julia Roberts and George Clooney teach Chemistry 101
The Winner: People who lament how there are “no real movie stars anymore.” In this film, there are!
Watch the sparks fly in these romances with incredible onscreen chemistry:
The Rock’s in a Hard Place
Dwayne Johnson has played nearly every role you can imagine: a demigod, a tooth fairy, a lifeguard, and now an antihero supervillain. He makes his DC Extended Universe debut this weekend, but as exciting as it is to see the Rock enter the comics pantheon, critics weren't fully sold on the cinematic direction. Here's what a few have to say.
"There’s not really much to stew on with Black Adam once you’ve left the theater, except to be somewhat amazed at how the story comments-but-doesn’t-comment on the actual political situation in the Middle East” —Vanity Fair's Jordan Hoffman.
“Moviegoers are apt to be irritated by this lame comic book-based origin story, which mimics Venom by pivoting around a supposed villain who’s destined to ultimately do good—minus the sense of humor that at least made Tom Hardy’s Marvel vehicle intermittently amusing” —The Daily Beast's Nick Schager.
Rachel LaBonte at Screen Rant points out that the film suffers from "repetitive plot beats and thin characters."
“Johnson is what works in Black Adam, even if everyone else is just fine," according to Joey Magidson at Awards Radar, and Casey Chong at Casey's Movie Mania agrees: "[He] steals the show" and "is clearly born to play such a role."
Love, Italian Style
Zoe Saldaña takes a break from franchise filmmaking to enjoy all of life’s greatest pleasures — fine art, delicious food, and a whirlwind courtship with a hot Italian chef whose family owns a villa — in Netflix’s From Scratch. Based on Tembi Locke’s memoir, this limited series goes beyond those heady first days of a relationship to the real stuff: feuding families, ailing spouses, paperwork headaches. But if you want to linger on the honeymoon period, there are plenty of romantic European vacations you can access with a few clicks of your remote.