I, Tonya - 2017 Director Craig Gillespie Screenplay by Steven Rogers Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Caitlin Carver, Paul Walter Hauser For all of the stupidity, abuse and backwards ways of thinking, I never could get past the idea that Tonya Harding couldn't be that bad. The fact that the chosen hero of "the incident" Nancy Kerrigan … Continue reading I, Tonya (*****) – Fall, fall again
The film works best when it concentrates on the relationship between the two protagonists. Rudd and Roberts play well off of each other, and when it goes deeper than words, it's believable and entertaining. If they'd given the bit players smaller portions, the story might flow better.
My teenage daughter and I spent much of the last 20 minutes laughing. Sometimes for the same reason. This is rare. If you like comedies, this will stand out. If you are suspicious of them, this will not win any awards, but it just might make you smile a time or two. You might even laugh.
Spy - 2015 Written and Directed by Paul Feig Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz Melissa McCarthy is unique in the world of comedy. If you don't know why, then you haven't viewed any sort of social media - or media even - since Bridesmaids. The challenge for her is avoiding the … Continue reading Spy (****) is tailor made for McCarthy
This movie is Paul Rudd, through and through. It is the role he's deserved after a career of being the best part of every film he's made. He does not waste his moment in the spotlight, and the film is all the better for it. There is heft to the film, but with his performance, it doesn't have to be an obnoxious weight. If he's not as serious as Captain America, he is every bit as earnest. Marvel's Cinematic Universe needs Rudd every bit as much as it needs Downey, Jr. or Pratt.
Chef - 2014 Written and Directed by Jon Favreau Starring Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony One has only to look at Jon Favreau's Carl Casper's delicate handling of a menu that he's made for no one while his staff makes a 10 year menu for a packed house to realize … Continue reading Chef (***1/2) is a plea to be recognized right out in the open