Can You Ever Forgive Me? review “McCarthy at her best”

Can You Ever Forgive Me posterI confess that when I heard a small indie film about the life of author Lee Israel was to star Melissa McCarthy I was confused. McCarthy is not generally associated with drama. Her wheelhouse is comedy. Melissa McCarthy led comedies tend to range from the very good Spy to the adyssmal Happy Time Murders but more often than not they are like the forgettable Life of the Party.

I had McCarthy pigeonholed. Her identity and range as a performer were limited to comedy in my mind. I dismissed her, skipped her movies when they were in theatres, thought of her as less than she really was. I know I am alone in this misconception, I have a plethora of dismissive internet articles that say exactly that but with a much higher word count. Continue reading

“I ain’t afraid of no reboot” Ghostbusters review

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By Adam Brannon

So it’s here. One of the most reviled films of the decade before it was even released; the Ghostbusters reboot has a tough job persuading fans of the original films and newcomers alike that it’s worth their time.

With director Paul Feig, stars like Melissa McCarthy and Chris Hemsworth and the backing of the series’ previous stars, it’s certainly got a lot going for it, but does the finished product soar or deserve all those dislikes on YouTube? The most disliked film trailer in YouTube history.

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“Where’s the comedy?” The Boss review

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By Adam Brannon

Melissa McCarthy is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Her rise to fame has been nothing short of extraordinary, helped in part by her leading roles in The Heat, Spy and of course the hilarious Bridesmaids.

However, each of those examples of comedic brilliance had one thing in common, apart from McCarthy, director Paul Feig. He brings out the very best in the actress and we’ll see if this formula continues to work with the controversial Ghostbusters reboot, released later this year.

For now, McCarthy teams up with director and real-life husband Ben Falcone (Tammy) in The Boss. But does it offer you a laugh a minute? Continue reading

“Comedic gold” Spy review

SPY   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Paul Feig  

Music: Theodore Shapiro

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

From the brilliant Paul Feig, director of the ridiculously funny Bridesmaids and Sandra Bullock’s laugh-a-minute The Heat comes the latest in the secret agent comedy film, Spy. But does this film, fronted by the ever-popular Melissa McCarthy have what it takes to play with the big boys in the genre? Continue reading