Tag Archives: Comedy

Green Book

INSPIRED BY A TRUE FRIENDSHIP. In the early 1960s, New York City bouncer Tony ”Lip” (Viggo Mortensen) is hired by an African-American concert pianist (Mahershala Ali) for a tour through the Deep South; he’ll serve as a driver and security. This reality-based dramedy tackles 1960s race relations along the lines of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) … Continue reading Green Book

House of Angels: The Mystery Granddaughter

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A BIG-CITY WOMAN IN A SMALL-MINDED TOWN. It was the best Sweden had to offer in 1992. Winning the local equivalent to Oscar’s Best Picture, House of Angels was sent to Hollywood but it never caught fire and wasn’t even nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. A German comedy called Schtonk! … Continue reading House of Angels: The Mystery Granddaughter

Vice

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

Ant-Man and the Wasp

REAL HEROES. NOT ACTUAL SIZE. After the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest; soon, he becomes involved in an attempt to find Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly) mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) who’s been trapped in the quantum realm for 30 years. A sequel that almost matches the original, as it … Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

FAMILY VACATION. IT WILL SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF YOU.  Mavis books a cruise for Dracula and the whole gang; after reluctantly boarding the ship, the old vampire falls head over heels for its human captain. The third chapter introduces new environs for the gang, which is a good idea. There’s a lot to like … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

A Very English Scandal

In 1961, Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) has a romantic affair with a troubled young man, Norman (Ben Whishaw); as Thorpe’s political career takes off, Norman gets back in touch… The 1970s sex scandal and conspiracy-to-murder trial that ended the career of the Liberal Party leader at the time gets a very, very enjoyable … Continue reading A Very English Scandal

Look Who’s Talking

HE’S HIP, HE’S COOL, AND HE’S ONLY 3 MONTHS OLD. New York accountant Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley) becomes pregnant, but the married man she had sex with is out of the picture; maybe a childish cab driver (John Travolta) is a suitable replacement? One of the director’s biggest commercial hits was also a comeback for … Continue reading Look Who’s Talking

Hocus Pocus

IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS. During Halloween, a teenager (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts resurrects by accident three wicked witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who have been dead for 300 years… At the time of its premiere, neither critics nor audiences cared much for this fantasy/horror comedy, but it has … Continue reading Hocus Pocus

Ocean’s Eight

EVERY CON HAS ITS PROS. Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison and assembles a gang that will steal a valuable necklace during the Met gala. One decade after Ocean’s Thirteen came this spin-off featuring a fabulous lineup of women. The movie may lack Steven Soderbergh’s touch, but is an improvement on … Continue reading Ocean’s Eight

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

STARRING JENNIFER SAUNDERS, JOANNA LUMLEY AND NAMES, NAMES, NAMES, DARLING! PR agent Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) accidentally pushes Kate Moss into the Thames; when the model is presumed dead national outrage forces Edina and the ever loyal Patsy (Joanna Lumley) to go into hiding. The classic 1990s sitcom returns for a glorious cinematic send-off. The … Continue reading Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

The Favourite: All the Queen’s Women

During the PR campaign for this film, Rachel Weisz called it ”a funnier, sex-driven All About Eve”. Is there a better way to describe it? Hardly. There have been irreverent cinematic takes on the British royal family before, including The Madness of King George (1994), but this one perfectly illustrates the danger and insecurity of … Continue reading The Favourite: All the Queen’s Women