Category Archives: Comedy

LATE NIGHT (2019): New Trailer From Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Amy Ryan, Megalyn Echikunwoke…

Late Night (2019), Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson
Late Night (2019), Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson

Late Night is a new comedy / drama starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Amy Ryan.

Directed by Nisha Ganatra; at the centre of Late Night is talk show host Katherine (Thompson). Katherine is convinced that she may soon be losing her long-running show…

The comedy, the two actors and the fun dynamic between them is my reason for watching.

Ike Barinholtz, Hugh Dancy, Paul Walter Hauser, John Lithgow, Max Casella, Denis O’Hare and Reid Scott also star.

Late Night Release Dates

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Isn't It Romantic (2019), Rebel Wilson
Isn’t It Romantic (2019), Rebel Wilson

Isn’t It Romantic is a comedy / romance about Natalie, a young woman who’s become disenchanted with love and mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

The good news about director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s movie is that I did laugh and smile a few times. The beautiful city of New York and all the scenes before Natalie wakes up in the hospital are the ones I enjoyed the most. What I like about these scenes is the way Natalie was making fun of romantic comedies. The disappointment then came for me when she found herself inside a romantic comedy, but it wasn’t an especially good one.

The vibrant colours and the humour in the super romantic New York scenes were fun in parts but after a while it didn’t do a good job of holding my interest. Something about Isn’t It Romantic made the movie feel as though it shouldn’t have been the final draft, because if it had felt more finished, maybe I’d have been more convinced by Natalie’s emotional journey and the way it was executed.

Another moment I didn’t find convincing is the actual presentation of the ‘parking lot conversion’ idea. Not that I have any actual architectural experience but as someone who’s been in many presentations, I wanted to buy into Natalie’s idea and visualise it as a good and feasible one during that presentation but it just didn’t happen.

Watch Isn’t It Romantic if you’re so curious. The trailer is pretty fun so you may find that you enjoy the finnished film more than I did.

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STOCKHOLM (2019): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong…

Stockholm (2019), Ethan Hawke
Stockholm (2019), Ethan Hawke

Stockholm is the the strange but true story of the infamous 1973 hostage crisis in Stockholm, Sweden. The very one that gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as ‘Stockholm syndrome’.

Written / directed by Robert Budreau; key cast includes Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong…

I’m interested in the humour in Hawke’s performance and Rapace’s character’s emotional journey.

Christopher Heyerdahl, Bea Santos, Thorbjørn Harr, John Ralston, Mark Rendall, Gustaf Hammarsten and Hanneke Talbot also star.

Stockholm Release Dates

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TURN UP CHARLIE (2019): New Trailer From Idris Elba, Piper Perabo, JJ Feild, Frankie Hervey…

Turn Up Charlie (2019), Idris Elba
Turn Up Charlie (2019), Idris Elba

Idris Elba, Piper Perabo, JJ Feild and Frankie Hervey are the stars of new Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

Elba plays struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, Charlie. Charlie is given one last chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s ‘problem-child’ daughter…

I’m interested because of how different this looks compared to the kind of TV shows I’ve come to expect from Elba. I can’t deny that the sunny summer days shown are an additional incentive.

Cameron King, Zak Holland, Daniel Brown, Ivana Basic, Janine Catterall, Nikkita Chadha and Sarah Sharman also star.

Turn Up Charlie Release Dates: March 15th, 2019 (US)…

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THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (2019): New Trailer From Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård…

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), Adam Driver, Alacran Pictures

Directed by Terry Gilliam, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is an adventure / comedy / drama starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Olga Kurylenko and Stellan Skarsgård.

At the centre of the story is Toby (Driver), a disillusioned advertising executive who’s pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when he’s mistaken someone else. Gradually Toby becomes unable to tell dreams from reality…

I’d say that peculiar is the right word for this trailer. I’m interested because of the hints of humour, the cast and because I want to find out whether by the end, I’ll actually want Don Quixote killed. Perhaps I’ll find him charming.

Joana Ribeiro, Jorge Calvo, Bruno Sevilla and Jordi Mollà also star.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Release Dates: April 10th, 2019 (US)…

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INSTANT FAMILY (2018): The Things I Liked…

Instant Family (2018), Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Paramount Pictures
Instant Family (2018), Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Paramount Pictures

After seeing the trailer for Instant Family several months ago in 2018, I really wanted to get excited about it because the story looked like a great one and because I like both of its main stars, Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. Having previously seen Wahlberg in the Daddy’s Home movies and finding myself not fully loving them, I’m really glad to confirm that Instant Family is definitely not that.

Directed and co-written by Sean Anders, Instant Family is a comedy / drama based on the true story of the ups and downs faced by a couple who foster / adopt three children all at once. 

Things were looking good for this movie within the first few minutes. Firstly, the editing. I really appreciate the fact that I didn’t find myself wishing I could fast forward any of the scenes. Second, the relationship between the central couple played by Wahlberg and Byrne. Last but not least, the dynamic and banter between Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro’s characters is another definite key highlight.

I found myself laughing during Instant Family more than I expected to. An especially memorable moment being the scene at the dinner table with the pair of closed eyes. I was of course also moved by the beautiful moments of familial love and the truth of some of the experiences of children and teenagers in the foster care system.

Watch Instant Family because it’s good, very likely better than you expect and it’s definitely – as a fellow film lover predicted, more grounded than the Daddie’s Home films.

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AFTER LIFE (2019): New Trailer From Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden, Ashley Jensen…

After Life (2019), Ricky Gervais, Netflix
After Life (2019), Ricky Gervais, Netflix

After Life is a new Netflix comedy starring Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden, and Ashley Jensen.

It is the story of Tony, a widower whose wife’s sudden passing catapults him into a new way of being; saying and doing exactly as he pleases…

I’m a Gervais fan and The Office is good but my favourite Gervais series is definitely Extras. Derek is great too except for the fact that it made me cry very big tears which is contrary to what I expected would happen.

After Life definitely looks very promising and funny. I just hope that it won’t induce too many tears since staying hydrated can be hard work, you understand.

Paul Kaye, Tony Way, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley and Diane Morgan also star.

After Life Release Dates: March 8th, 2019 (UK)…

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POMS (2018): New Trailer From Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver, Rhea Perlman…

Poms (2019), Jackie Weaver, Diane Keaton, STX Entertainment
Poms (2019), Jackie Weaver, Diane Keaton, STX Entertainment

Starring Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver and Rhea Perlman, Poms is a new Zara Hayes directed comedy about a group of women in a retirement home who form a cheerleading squad…

I’m generally quite partial to stories about female friendships. Especially after a certain age. As such I’ll definitely be comparing Poms to other similar movies and stories I’ve enjoyed. The Golden Girls and Grace & Frankie come to mind.

Charlie Tahan, Celia Weston, Bruce McGill and Phyllis Somerville also star.

Poms Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US)…

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