Tag Archives: Melissa McCarthy

St. Vincent

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. A boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who’s recently moved to Brooklyn with his mom (Melissa McCarthy) befriends a grumpy, alcoholic Vietnam veteran (Bill Murray). A pleasant indie flick that emphasizes the bonds between various people who are struggling in their community, their relationships constantly being tested. Above all this is a chance for Murray … Continue reading St. Vincent

Ghostbusters

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? When one of New York City’s oldest buildings appears to be haunted, two parapsychologists jump at the chance to see an actual ghost, and drag a skeptical friend (Kristen Wiig) along. The folks behind the original franchise long tried to get a third movie made, but instead we got a remake … Continue reading Ghostbusters

Central Intelligence

SAVING THE WORLD TAKES A LITTLE HART AND A BIG JOHNSON. Twenty years after graduating from high school, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is contacted on Facebook by a guy who was spectacularly humiliated by bullies – and he turns out to have changed a lot. An action-comedy that benefits from Dwayne Johnson’s enthusiastic performance as … Continue reading Central Intelligence

The Hangover Part III

IT ALL ENDS. The Wolfpack are kidnapped by a mobster (John Goodman) who needs them to find their old nemesis Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) who’s stolen millions of dollars in gold bars from him. Labeled as the last installment in this franchise, this sequel is for those who thought that number two made all the … Continue reading The Hangover Part III

This Is 40

THE SORT-OF-SEQUEL TO ‘KNOCKED UP’. As Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann) are both turning 40, their marriage is challenged by trouble with money, the hardships of raising two daughters and confusion regarding their future together. This sequel to Knocked Up (2007) uses some of that movie’s characters to mirror the joys and angst, … Continue reading This Is 40

Bridesmaids

Just when her life is falling apart, best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks Annie (Kristen Wiig) to be her maid of honor… and she immediately becomes very competitive. Another overlong Judd Apatow production that suffers from a meandering screenplay that doesn’t know how to take its characters in fresh directions. Some critics made too much … Continue reading Bridesmaids

The Life of David Gale

THE CRIME IS CLEAR. THE TRUTH IS NOT. Investigative reporter Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet) meets with David Gale (Kevin Spacey), an opponent of capital punishment who has now himself been sentenced to death for a murder. It’s a fairly engaging story Gale tells the reporter, but everything comes down to the acting. The three leads … Continue reading The Life of David Gale

White Oleander

WHERE DOES A MOTHER END AND A DAUGHTER BEGIN? After killing her lover, artist Ingrid Magnussen (Michelle Pfeiffer) is sentenced to life in prison, and her daughter (Alison Lohman) ends up in a foster family; they stay in touch, but is that a good thing? This adaptation of an Oprah’s Book Club choice gives you … Continue reading White Oleander