Tag Archives: Comedy

Review in Brief: Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

With EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! (there’s probably a reason for the two exclamation marks) nobody is especially likeable, Richard Linklater is on very comfortable ground and it could be argued he doesn’t exactly stretch himself, but it comes from a real … Continue reading

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Review: Eagle vs Shark (2007)

You can always spot a Taika Waititi project, and EAGLE VS SHARK is unmistakably that. He’s got a unique comic voice and an appealing sideways view of the more painful and complex aspects of our world. Just look at how … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

Things haven’t gone too well for David Brent (Ricky Gervais) even by the standard of the last time we saw him on THE OFFICE. Now he’s just a guy and not the boss, no one is obliged to put up … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

Compared to the mostly patchy (read: awful) world of TV show movies, Jennifer Saunders can take comfort in the knowledge that ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE is by no means the worst example. I really hope the slightly out-of-date fashion references … Continue reading

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 Review in Brief: Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

It may open with Rose Byrne vomiting into Seth Rogen’s face during sex, but as comedy sequels go, BAD NEIGHBOURS 2 isn’t all that bad. I liked the first film well enough, but I actually think this sequel makes some … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: My Scientology Movie (2016)

I’m not the least bit surprised Louis Theroux chose this topic for his first documentary feature. Nobody combines disarming politeness, stillness and causing mild annoyance in his subjects as interview techniques quite like Theroux. The film spotlights what is widely … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: War on Everyone (2016)

What a fall from grace WAR ON EVERYONE represents for John Michael McDonagh. Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård are both fine, but the characters they play manage to be unappealing and uninteresting at the same time. They’re up against a … Continue reading

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Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

I wasn’t expecting to get as much out of WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT as I did. I do like most of Tina Fey’s work, but war comedies can be a difficult balancing act, especially when handling such recent, raw events. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: 2016, Part 2

Here are the very best, and the very worst films I’ve seen this year. MOONLIGHT, LA LA LAND and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA aren’t out in the UK for another few weeks, so don’t look for them here. Absent also … Continue reading

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Ash vs: or, why Living Dead has already left Walking Dead behind 

In 83 episodes over 6 seasons, THE WALKING DEAD has captivated audiences the world over with grim character work, creeping dread and excessive zombie killing. I am no longer one of those captivated – the pilot was great and there … Continue reading

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