Category Archives: Comedy

HAPPILY (2021): New Trailer From Natalie Morales, Natalie Zea, Joel McHale…

Happily (2021), Joel McHale, Paramount Movies
Happily (2021), Joel McHale, Paramount Movies

Starring Natalie Morales, Joel McHale and Natalie Zea; in new comedy/crime/drama, Happily, a happily married couple are visited by a mysterious stranger. A visit that leads to a dead body, many questions, and a tense couples’ trip with so-called friends.

Written/directed by BenDavid Grabinski; additional key cast includes Kerry Bishé, Stephen Root, Shannon Woodward and Charlyne Yi.

This looks like a potentially fun story about frenemies who are mad that a couple in their group isn’t quite as miserable in their relationship as they are. And so they seek to destroy. Well, at least that’s my very quick summation based on this trailer.

It would be great if this turns out to be even more fun than expected. Something surprisingly pleasant, the way Long Shot (2019) was.

Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Breckin Meyer, Brea Grant, Paul Scheer, Al Madrigal, Jon Daly and Billie Wolff also star.

Happily Release Dates: March 19th, 2021 (US)…

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CRUELLA (2021): New Trailer From Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser…

Cruella (2021), Emma Thompson, Walt Disney Studios
Cruella (2021), Emma Thompson, Walt Disney Studios

Set in 1970s London, England, amidst the punk rock revolution; Cruella is the latest Disney animated film to become a live-action movie.

Starring Emma Stone, Paul Walter Hauser, Emma Thompson and Mark Strong; director Craig Gillespie’s comedy/crime story focuses on the rebellious early days of the notoriously fashionable villain, Cruella de Vil.

I’ve missed seeing Stone in a leading role, and based on this impressive trailer, Cruella looks like a great way to make her presence felt.

Glenn Close is the Cruella that comes to mind when I think of de Vil, thanks to 101 Dalmatians (1996). Now, I can’t wait for this new version of the story to take us back to the earlier years of the devilish de Vil.

Emily Beecham, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jamie Demetriou, Gianni Calchetti, Michelle Greenidge, John McCrea, Tony McCarthy, Chloé Booyens, Haruka Abe and Niamh Lynch also star.

Cruella Release Dates: May 28th, 2021 (US)…

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TO ALL THE BOYS – ALWAYS AND FOREVER (2021): The Things I Liked…

To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), Lana Condor, Netflix
To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), Lana Condor, Netflix

I remember being pleasantly surprised by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, back in 2018; the story of the romantic life of two high school students, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo).

Then came To All the Boys – P.S. I Still Love You (2020), a film I concluded was okay compared to the first. Having now watched To All the Boys – Always and Forever, the final instalment, I can say that minus one or two minor niggles, director Michael Fimognari’s film is close to as satisfying as high school romance stories get. Especially for girls who picture themselves in Lara Jean’s position.

It certainly helps that Peter is quite decent, somewhat mature, and the story feels generally quite grounded in the reality of what life is like for high schoolers in similar predicaments. I enjoyed letting To All the Boys – Always and Forever take me back to the romantic ups and downs of high school life and remembering just how absorbing my high school romances were.

Other highlights include the general look and feel of the visuals, including the colours, illustrations, plus a perfectly fitting, sometimes rebellious soundtrack.

The only parts that had me raising an eyebrow or two involve the situation with the pink sofa on the New York subway. Particularly the expectation that I’m supposed to believe they fully carried it there. There’s also the fact that Peter’s father looks very unlike him and some of his dialogue left me wanting.

I say watch To All the Boys – Always and Forever if you enjoyed the first two movies. The story is wrapped up rather well.

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MISSING LINK (2019): The Things I Liked…

Missing Link (2019), Hugh Jackman
Missing Link (2019), Hugh Jackman

Missing Link, the story of Mr Link (a Big-Foot-like character) and his adventures with explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), plus adventurer Adelina Fortnight is an animated movie I found to be fun in parts and watchable.

The reason I’m not more enthused by writer/director Chris Butler’s film is that story-wise, it felt oddly superficial and more basic than I expected.

What I did enjoy are the interactions between Lionel and Link, plus the moments of heart, most of which happen in the more engaging last quarter. Emma Thompson’s character is another welcome highlight, and it proved quite satisfying to see Lionel’s growth/evolution as the story continued.

I watched Missing Link because the cast which also includes Zoe Saldana and Zack Galifianakis intrigued me. Yet, overall, I wish I could include Butler’s film on my list of favourite animated movies I’ve seen in recent years, but I cannot. Nevertheless, I say give Missing Link a chance if you’re particularly curious. It may just be what you need when you’re after an easy-viewing animated film experience.

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I CARE A LOT (2020): New Trailer Starring Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest…

I Care a Lot (2020), Rosamund Pike, Amazon Prime Video

New crime/thriller, I Care a Lot is about a crooked legal guardian named Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike). A woman who drains the savings of her elderly wards; only this time she’s met her match, because Jennifer Peterson, her latest target is far more than what she appears.

Written/directed by J. Blakeson; additional key cast includes Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chris Messina.

Looks like Pike is returning to the type of unhinged character she seems to play so well; as demonstrated by her turn as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl (2014). And I have to say, I’m not mad about it one bit.

Seeing Marla get what she deserves is why I’ll be watching this. Fingers crossed it turns out great.

Lastly, anyone else suddenly finds themselves considering a blunt bob cut as this trailer played?

Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, Nicholas Logan, Liz Eng, Celeste Oliva, Georgia Lyman, Moira Driscoll and Gary Tanguay also star.

I Care a Lot Release Dates: February 19th, 2021 (US), Amazon Prime Video…

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MOXIE (2021): New Trailer From Amy Poehler, Josephine Langford, Josie Totah, Marcia Gay Harden, Ike Barinholtz…

Moxie (2021), Hadley Robinson, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Netflix
Moxie (2021), Hadley Robinson, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Netflix

Directed by Amy Poehler; starring Hadley Robinson, Josephine Langford, Marcia Gay Harden and Poehler herself, Moxie is a new comedy/drama about a teenager who publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.

Additional key cast includes Alycia Pascual-Pena, Clark Gregg, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Josie Totah and Ike Barinholtz.

At first I thought this was a new Netflix series, not that I’m mad it’s a movie; one directed by Poehler no less. I’m in for the Poehler experience and the clearly talented young cast, plus the pertinent subject matter.

Also, I rather like the word moxie, meaning energy, courage or determination. A word that makes me think of Captain America. He must have used it in one of the movies.

Sydney Park, Kevin Dorff, Anjelika Washington, Nico Hiraga, Ji-young Yoo, Lauren Tsai and Gracie Lawrence also star.

Moxie Release Dates: March 3rd, 2021 Netflix, (US & UK)…

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FALLING FOR FIGARO (2020): New Trailer From Joanna Lumley, Hugh Skinner, Danielle Macdonald, Shazad Latif…

Falling for Figaro (2020), Danielle MacDonald
Falling for Figaro (2020), Danielle MacDonald

From director and co-writer Ben Lewin; Falling for Figaro is a new comedy/romance starring Joanna Lumley, Danielle Macdonald, Shazad Latif and Hugh Skinner.

Set in the Scottish Highlands; Macdonald plays a brilliant young fund manager who leaves her unfulfilling job and long-term boyfriend to chase her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer.

Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) definitely came to mind as this trailer played. Though, it does look like MacDonald’s character can at the very least hold a tune; unlike Miss Jenkins.

As a fan of this cast, I can’t wait for all the delightful humour to unfold.

Rebecca Benson, Bhav Joshi, Mark Weinman, Margaret Fraser, Jo Cameron Brown, Saskia Ashdown, Vanessa Borrini and Christina Bennington also star.

Falling for Figaro Release Dates

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BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY (2021): New Trailer From Allison Janney, Regina Hall, Mila Kunis…

Breaking News in Yuba County (2021), Alison Janney, MGM
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021), Alison Janney, MGM

Allison Janney, Regina Hall and Mila Kunis are the stars of new comedy/crime/drama. Breaking News in Yuba County.

Directed by Tate Taylor; the story follows Sue Buttons (Allison Janney), an underappreciated suburban wife who finds herself particularly comfortable with being at the centre of a news story after her husband goes missing.

The cast is great and I’m excited about all the quirkiness and comedy. There’s also that very special hairstyle on Regina Hall’s police officer character’s head. A look that’s already amusing me, probably more than it should. That’s the magic of the mullet I guess.

Awkwafina, Juliette Lewis, Ellen Barkin, Samira Wiley, Jimmi Simpson, Wanda Sykes, Chris Lowell, Matthew Modine, Clifton Collins Jr., Bridget Everett, Marcella Lentz-Pope and Dominic Burgess also star.

Breaking News in Yuba County Release Dates: February 12th, 2021 (US)…

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