Ghostbusters Answer The Call (***): Hard to shine that penny

To be honest, I am just glad that Dan Akroyd didn't get to fulfill his vision to force us to watch him on film again. Yes, he along with all of the other Ghostbusters are cameoed in the new film, but his role comes across like a fart in a windstorm.

Central Intelligence (**1/2): A measure of the Rock’s comedic flexing ability

Let's be serious though. This isn't mensa material. It's a big dumb action comedy. There is nothing here as funny as Thurber's Terry Tate, Office Linebacker and thank goodness there is nothing nearly as bad as We're The Millers. It might get a few sequels, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure I won't remember one joke in 5 years, but I will smile when I think about it, just the same.

Spy (****) is tailor made for McCarthy

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

The Heat: What happens when you put these two together

The Heat - 2013 Director Paul Feig Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam,  Michael McDonald, Tom Wilson, Bill Burr Screenplay Katie Dippold This is written by a woman.  I keep telling myself this, to no avail.  The number of curse words that emanate from the mouths of women, it feels like an Olympic achievement by the … Continue reading The Heat: What happens when you put these two together

Identity Thief: I want my life back

Identity Thief - 2013 Director Seth Gordon Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Génesis Rodríguez, T.I., Robert Patrick, John Cho, Morris Chestnut, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks Screenplay Craig Mazin This movie would not exist without a dedicated ignorance to common sense.  Financial accountant extraordinaire Sandy Patterson (Bateman) answers a phone call at random to his … Continue reading Identity Thief: I want my life back

This is 40: The sort of Sequel to Knocked Up

This is 40 - 2012 Written and Directed by Judd Apatow Starring Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Albert Brooks, Charlene Yi, Megan Fox, Ryan Lee, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Graham Parker, Chris O'Dowd, Robert Smigel, Tim Bagley, John Lithgow, Anne Mumalo "This is coming out wrong." A lesser storyteller would have saved … Continue reading This is 40: The sort of Sequel to Knocked Up