Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer star as a pair of mismatched superheroes in Thunder Force, the newest Netflix original. A comic book panel style montage sets the scene for what’s happening in the film. In March 1983, a massive explosion of interstellar cosmic-rays hit Earth. This led to select humans undergoing a genetic transformation. Unfortunately, the powers were only unlocked in those people predisposed to be a sociopath. Because mutants and meta-humans were already taken…"Thunder Force: Good Takes On Evil in Chicago"
An artificial intelligence becomes self-aware in the HBO Max comedy, Superintelligence, launching this week on Thanksgiving day. The gist of the film is that Superintelligence (James Corden) studies average Earth human Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) and the fate of humanity rests on her shoulders. It’s not unlike Abraham arguing with G-d when it comes to trying to save the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you remember the Book of Genesis, Abraham had to plead…"Superintelligence: A New A.I. Comedy"
The Kitchen is about a trio of wives who take over protecting the neighborhood while their husbands are serving time in jail. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrea Berloff adapts Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s comic book series for the big screen. I really wish that I could say that The Kitchen is a good film but it fails along the way. The whole women-take-revenge plot was done so much better in Steve McQueen’s criminally underrated Widows. Where…"The Kitchen Isn’t The Feminist Thriller We Need"
Melissa McCarthy is virtually unrecognizable while portraying New York writer-turned-forger Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is a biographer. When we first meet her, she’s just beginning to write about comedian Fanny Brice. She doesn’t know it yet but her life is about to change when she stole two notes written by Brice. While it’s initially for the better with the amount of money she makes, things soon take…"Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
The Happytime Murders has taken over the slot–previously held by The Room–of being the single-worst movie of all time. Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, takes what we know about muppets and turns it on our heads. Oh wait. They aren’t muppets but Miskreant puppets from Henson Alternative. It makes no difference what the right term is because the film is the most subversive comedy of the year. If you can call it a…"The Happytime Murders: The Worst Film Ever"
Starring four of the funniest women on earth, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call honors the spirit of the 1984 classic film. While it would have been nice to have seen the likes of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore pass the baton to a new generation, Harold Ramis’ death in 2014 would forever change the face of the franchise. Never mind just how hard it is getting Bill Murray to sign on board for anything. With that out…"Ghostbusters: Answer the Call"
Offering insight into the life of Gilda Radner, Love, Gilda is incredibly poignant and touching. When Gilda Radner joined the original Saturday Night Live cast in 1975, nobody expected that she be a household name through creating characters such as Rosanne Rosanadanna, Emily Litella and Baba Wawa. In doing so, the comedian became an inspiration to so many young women. Director Lisa D’Apolito wisely grounds the narrative by letting Radner tell her own story by way of…"Tribeca 2018: Love, Gilda celebrates Gilda Radner"
At a Comic Con panel on Thursday, Ivan Reitman announced that a new Ghostbusters movie is coming in 2019. This announcement comes over a month after Dan Aykroyd said last month that Sony lost too much money with the all-female reboot and a sequel would be unlikely as a result. The Ghostbusters panel, titled Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!, featured Reitman alongside IDW’s Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Tom Waltz. The Ghostbusters:…"Comic Con: New Ghostbusters film coming in 2019"
Dan Aykroyd broke the news on Sunday morning that there will not be a sequel to the Ghostbusters reboot. Aykroyd made the announcement during an appearance on Sunday Brunch on Britain’s Channel 4. Aykroyd was careful not to mention director Paul Feig’s name. “The director, he spent too much on it and he didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him, Aykroyd said. “Several scenes that were going to be needed, he said, ‘No, we don’t…"Ghostbusters: No Reboot Sequel per Dan Aykroyd, Paul Feig blasted"
Melissa McCarthy more than makes up for Tammy with her upcoming film, The Boss. While anything McCarthy does with director Paul Feig makes for classic comedy, it’s the films not directed by Feig that give some pause to question whether the film is any good. This one is good though. It’s not too long either with a running time of 99 minutes. Directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, the movie stars McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Kathy…"The Boss is another Melissa McCarthy Hit"