Tag Archives: Comedy

Uncle Buck

HE’S CRUDE. HE’S CRASS. HE’S FAMILY.  When they have to leave for Indianapolis to deal with a family crisis, a suburban Chicago couple reluctantly call the unemployed, irresponsible uncle Buck (John Candy) to look after the kids. A comedy that offers perhaps Candy’s most likable performance as the ne’er-do-well whose sole purpose in the movie … Continue reading Uncle Buck

Twins

ONLY THEIR MOTHER CAN TELL THEM APART.  On his 35th birthday, Julius Benedict (Arnold Schwarzenegger) learns that he has a twin brother somewhere in Los Angeles and leaves the South Pacific island where he was raised to find him. It’s easy to see what attracted the two stars to this comedy – imagining them as … Continue reading Twins

Early Man

MEET THE TRIBE ROCKING THE STONE AGE. When a rabbit-hunting tribe of cavemen are driven out of their valley by Bronze Age warriors, young Dug is taken to the invaders’ city and learns all about a mysterious game that’s popular there. Another stop-motion adventure-comedy from Aardman Animation, this time depicting a clash between two eras, … Continue reading Early Man

I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

FOR RUTH, THE LAST STRAW WAS A SPOON.  Nursing assistent Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey) discovers that someone has broken into her home and enlists the help of an eccentric neighbor (Elijah Wood) to track down her stolen laptop. The director’s debut is a very entertaining thriller-comedy that finds a perfect vehicle for Lynskey who’s funny … Continue reading I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Finding Your Feet

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND DANCE. During her husband’s retirement party, Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) learns that he’s been cheating on her with another woman for the past five years; her life in pieces, Sandra turns to her older sister (Celia Imrie) – who is nothing like her. A comedy-drama for older viewers in the vein … Continue reading Finding Your Feet

I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

FITTING IN IS OVERRATED.  After watching a documentary about Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater who in 1994 was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association after a violent attack against her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, screenwriter Steven Rogers became fascinated. He arranged interviews with Harding and her former husband, Jeff Gillooly, who had … Continue reading I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

TO SURVIVE 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND, THEY’LL NEED BEAUTY, WEALTH AND A KILLER INSTINCT.  In early 19th century England, zombies have become an existential threat; Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), who’s been trained abroad in weaponry, meets one of the most skilled zombie hunters around, Darcy (Sam Riley)… The clever novel that fused Jane Austen’s classic with … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies