Category Archives: Comedy

The Hangover Part II review

Directed by Todd PhillipsWritten by Phillips, Craig Mazin and Scot ArmstrongIn 2009, The Hangover blew the doors off the box office. There have been a few big R-rated comedies in recent years, all those Apatow pictures, but this beat them all. And, you know, that can't be a bad thing. Sure, it was in some…Read More

Bridesmaids review

Directed by Paul Feig Written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumalo So, it isn't a female version of The Hangover, as some of the marketing wags would have you believe. But it is very much a Judd Apatow movie. As producer, his hands are all over this. (Especially a bodily function-humour scene about halfway in.)…Read More

Hobo With A Shotgun review

Directed by Jason EisenerWritten by Eisener and John DaviesThis is a tough movie for me to review. It was made in my town, starring an actor I've idolized since I was a kid, Rutger Hauer. I've interviewed the director on a number of occasions, most recently in this week's Coast cover story, which you can…Read More

No Strings Attached review

Directed by Ivan Reitman Screenplay by Elizabeth Meriwether from a story by Michael Samonek and Meriwether They could have called this movie Friends With Benefits. In fact, I think that was the working title of this picture. However, there's a movie with that title coming later in 2011, starring Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman's Black…Read More

The King’s Speech review

Directed by Tom HooperScreenplay by David SeidlerWell, isn't this a good time at the movies. It's been rare enough this year to have a good story well told, but when the beats hit the mark so flawlessly, well, I'm prone to hyperbole, I have to admit. Shockingly, The King's Speech is a biopic I really…Read More

Love and Other Drugs review

Directed by Edward Zwick Written by Zwick, Charles Randolph and Marshall Herskovitz from the novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy I'm surprised that Love and Other Drugs is being buzzed about with potential Oscar consideration. Maybe the performances have a shot, but I'd say it's a long one. I…Read More

Morning Glory review

Sure, there was His Girl Friday and all those other deftly written and performed romantic comedies of a bygone era, the ones critics are fond of recalling and comparing with a substandard progenitor. But what Morning Glory especially reminds this audience member of is a slew of mainstream Hollywood entertainments of the 1980s, usually the…Read More

RED review

I gotta say, with this cast on board, I was pretty excited to check out RED. I mean, this may be the cast of the year, with apologies to The Expendables. You've got Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Rebecca Pidgeon and Ernest Borgnine, who…Read More