Review: Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

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Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen reprise their roles for this, a tired and unnecessary sequel to Bad Neighbours that rehashes its plot, with a sorority as the noisy neighbours instead of a fraternity.. In order to ensure their house sells, Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) turn to old enemy Teddy (Efron) for help. Continue reading “Review: Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)”

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Review: Spy (2015)

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Bridesmaids, The Heat and now Spy, Paul Feig’s rapid ascent to comedy maestro is cemented by this laugh-a-minute and extremely well cast, if padded, action-comedy. Dried up CIA desk analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is sent out into the field to stop deadly arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) in her tracks when the identities of all active operatives are exposed. Spy is a hearty and spirited send-up of the most infamous espionage films that also embraces – and reforms – the well-worn framework. The script, however, flounders in its unrefined state, causing the film to drag every now and then. But the humour consistently hits the mark; the cast heartily rising to the challenge and producing many stand out moments and hysterical one-liners. Jason Statham, Allison Janney and especially Byrne emerge as the closest matches to McCarthy, who’s a fireball of energy and ingenuity. Spy might drop the ball on the odd occasion, but for the most part it’s top drawer comical brilliance.  Continue reading “Review: Spy (2015)”

Review: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

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Compelled to capitalise on the success of what many labelled the best supernatural thriller in decades, director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell reunite for its sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2. Picking up directly after the events depicted in the first film, Insidious: Chapter 2 frustratingly succumbs to many of the same problems – a convoluted narrative and an overt reliance on quick shocks rather than deep-rooted terror – that caused the first film to lose merit during its latter half. Continue reading “Review: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)”

Review: I Give It A Year (2013)

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Anti-rom-com’s have become more and more popular in recent years, with films such as (500) Days Of Summer, Celeste And Jesse Forever and Going The Distance exploring relationships in a realistic way not often captured in the traditional and formulaic rom-com’s we’ve come to accept as the norm. The latest of which, I Give It A Year, hails from first-time director Dan Mazer, who’s best known for scripting Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat and Brüno. Continue reading “Review: I Give It A Year (2013)”

Poster: Insidious

Director: James Wan

Starring: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins and Leigh Whannell