Melissa McCarthy's latest film Tammy hits theaters today, and so far critics are feeling pretty meh about the film the comedian wrote, produced, and starred in with her husband Ben Falcone onboard as co-writer and director. McCarthy has been on a steady rise to mainstream fame since her breakout role in 2011's Bridesmaids, so the critical reception to Tammy — which ranges from drab to mildly entertained — is a bit of a letdown considering all the hype around the idea of McCarthy writing and starring in her own movie. Most critics seem to agree on three things: McCarthy gives a solid but sometimes confusing performance, Susan Sarandon [...]
The Lego Movie hits theaters today, and though it's a kid-friendly PG-rated animated feature, it has a clever way of combining the nostalgic glory of Lego sets with a host of recent pop culture characters licensed by the toy company, from comics heroes Superman and Batman to Star Wars characters, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, and the classic Lego mini-figure. That combined with the ensemble voice cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, and dramatic stars Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, seems to help the film transcend getting pigeonholed in the for-kids-only rut à la Wreck-It Ralph, and [...]
Adam Scott's new movie, A.C.O.D., short for Adult Children of Divorce, opens nationwide today, and the critics can't seem to agree on the film's merits. The movie, in which Scott's character discovers he was the subject of a best-selling book about the effects of divorce on children while trying to manage the peace at a family wedding, currently has a 52% rotten rating at RottenTomates and a 50/100 on Metacritic.
On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly calls it "a bubbly-smart romantic comedy" and praises Scott for his "highly controlled, almost overly impeccable charisma." The Hollywood Reporter says that it "displays more psychological insight than most comedies built around a [...]
As summer weekends go, this is a pretty decent one for comedy films. And it's particularly good one for Nick Offerman fans, as he appears in two of the three comedies opening today (In a World… and We're the Millers.)
In a World…, written and directed by actress Lake Bell, is the clear critic's pick of the weekend, earning an 85% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 79/100 at Metacritic. The film stars Bell as a vocal coach attempting to break through the glass ceiling of movie trailer voiceovers, and co-stars Demetri Martin, Ken Marino, and Tig Notaro. The New York Times raves that it's "smart, [...]