Tag Archives: Kristen Wiig

New On Canadian Netflix: June/July 2017

Here are a cross-section of a number of mildly-to- solidly recommended films recently made available on Canadian Netflix. (You can click on the movie titles to read my original reviews where I’ve written them in the past.) *One note: In May I recommended Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, a film when I first saw it back… Read More

Ghostbusters (2016) review — A Familiar Scare

Directed by Paul Feig | Written Feig, Katie Dippold, based on Ghostbusters (1984), written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis | 116 min | ▲▲▲△△ I always enjoyed the original Ghostbusters when it showed up on TV. For years it was inescapable, and as a result has become one of those universally beloved films from the… Read More

The Martian review — Deep Space Hokum

Directed by Ridley Scott | Written by Drew Goddard from a book by Andy Weir | 141 min Sometimes professionalism is its own reward, and sometimes it isn't. Ridley Scott is a craftsperson of the highest order, and here he delivers a very well-made film crammed with entertainment, if you can manage to ignore the… Read More

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review

Directed by Ben StillerWritten by Steven Conrad, adapting the book by James ThurberI was a little late to this Christmas season-release, so I'd read a few mixed reviews in advance. My expectations had been adjusted, accordingly, which I think was a good thing. I recognized the many places where it doesn't work, while appreciating the… Read More

Friends with Kids review

Written and directed by Jennifer WestfeldtFirst off, let's offer Ms Westfeldt a word of congratulations. Though I understand she was thrust into the director's chair by circumstance, she managed to direct, write and show up in almost every scene of this film. When was the last time we saw a woman pull a hat-trick like… 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