Tag Archives: Steve Coogan

Holmes & Watson

THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE.  While attending a surprise birthday party at Buckingham Palace, Sherlock Holmes and dr. Watson (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) find a corpse hidden inside a huge cake, the work of Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes). A spoof of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s perennial detective that borrows from the 2009 Robert Downey, Jr. … Continue reading Holmes & Watson

Despicable Me 3

OH BROTHER. After failing to capture a former child actor turned supervillain, Gru and Lucy are fired from the Anti-Villain League… but then they meet Gru’s long-lost twin brother Dru. Another contrived sequel in this series, but one that’s very hard to dislike, right from the hilarious opening chase. Steve Carell is clearly having fun … Continue reading Despicable Me 3

Minions

BEFORE GRU, THEY HAD A HISTORY OF BAD BOSSES.  After two Despicable Me films, we got a spin-off focusing on the lovable minions, their history of supporting villains through the ages and how they ended up in New York City in the 1960s, met a new boss – and then tried to rob Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading Minions

Despicable Me 2

MORE MINIONS. MORE DESPICABLE. When a mutagen is stolen from a lab in the Arctic Circle, the now reformed Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find the guilty – and he’s partnered with a female agent. The kind of sequel that audiences wanted to see, but where the filmmakers really seem to have … Continue reading Despicable Me 2

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

ONE FINAL NIGHT TO SAVE THE DAY. When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) learns that the magical tablet that makes everything in the Museum of Natural History come alive at night is corroding, the race is on to save it. The third film in the franchise is very similar to its predecessors, but still has greater … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Philomena: The Searchers

THESE TWO UNLIKELY COMPANIONS ARE ON A JOURNEY TO FIND HER LONG LOST SON.  These past two months I have seen two other films by Stephen Frears, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and the recent HBO drama Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. These experiences made me think of how the director’s career has evolved over the years. … Continue reading Philomena: The Searchers

Around the World in 80 Days

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR. In 1872, inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) wagers that he can travel around the world in 80 days; he’s accompanied by his recently hired manservant (Jackie Chan) who has an agenda of his own. Another adaptation of the Jules Verne perennial, one that takes a lot of liberties but not in a … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days

Our Idiot Brother

EVERYBODY HAS ONE. After a stint in prison for selling weed to a cop who looked like he really, really needed to relax, the perpetually friendly and honest Ned (Paul Rudd) becomes involved in the lives of his three sisters. This comedy may have its contrived moments, but it’s hard to complain when Rudd’s performance as … Continue reading Our Idiot Brother