Melissa McCarthy

Life of the Party – Review

Do Melissa McCarthy movies get less funny as she gets more famous? Life of the Party, McCarthy’s latest collaboration with her writer-director husband Ben Falcone, suggests yes. What sounds like a riotous,...
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I Feel Pretty – Review

This is a strong week for releases, so under no circumstances should you see I Feel Pretty. Its reference points are Just My Luck, Shallow Hal, and The Devil Wears Prada, in that order. It amalgamates set ups...
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Modern Life is Rubbish – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 22/06/17 as part of EIFF. From the synopsis, Modern Life is Rubbish could be accused of rehashing High Fidelity, yet it more than justifies its existence. It’s a...
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Team Talk – Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel's 2018 slate steps up a gear (or several) with the massive Avengers: Infinity War following February's Black Panther into cinemas. Our Bertie scored Infinity War the full five stars, finding it "a...
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Pass Over – Review

Spike Lee’s Pass Over brings Antoinette Nwandu’s play of the same name to the screen, delivering something that’s neither a fresh work nor your run-of-the-mill filmed play. Pass Over begins with shots...
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Air (Luft) – BFI Flare 2018 Review

Air is a thoroughly multisensory experience that will really reward those willing to surrender to and embrace a storytelling approach that embodies the ‘show don’t tell’ maxim to the extreme. The near...
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Becks – BFI Flare 2018 Review

Becks is the latest entry into a dramatic subgenre in which an adult prodigal daughter returns to her backwater hometown in a somewhat washed-up situation. Examples include Young Adult, Colossal, and from last...
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Snapshots – BFI Flare 2018 Review

Despite a bit of overacting, contrived drama and some pretty clunky plot devices, Snapshots is very hard not to like. Perhaps because this is a movie starring largely women, made predominantly by women, and...
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I Got Life! (Aurore) – Review

This French comedy/drama is very much aimed at women of a certain age, who will rightly lap it up. Those outside the target demographic, however, should also find plenty to enjoy in I Got Life!. A stream...
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The Islands and the Whales – Review

Far more than a travelogue-esque curio investigating the unfamiliar customs of a foreign land, Mike Day’s The Islands and the Whales offers documentation of national history in the making. The film’s...
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The Square – Review

Ruben Östlund has bested the unforgettable Force Majeure. The Square is delightfully unhinged; a viewing experience that can’t be conveniently collapsed into review-friendly phrases like “precocious art...