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Snatched Review

Very Good

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming up Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn on-screen is a stroke of genius. These two comic actresses have impeccable timing, and throw everything into this madcap jungle adventure. Yes, the dialogue could have been a lot sharper, the story more coherent and the themes more resonant. But as a guilty pleasure, it's a lot of fun.

It opens as Emily (Schumer) decides to continue with her plans to take a luxury holiday in Ecuador, even though she's just split from her boyfriend (Randall Park). Although taking her mother Linda (Hawn) wasn't her first choice. As they settle in at the beach resort, they meet Ruth (Wanda Sykes) and her ex-military friend Barb (Joan Cusack), who warn them about gangs of drug dealers who kidnap tourists. Sure enough, Emily and Linda are grabbed by Colombian criminal Morgado (Oscar Jaenada) and taken to the Amazon, where they escape and go on the run with the help of a rugged but pompous explorer (Christopher Meloni). Meanwhile back in America, Emily's oddball brother (Ike Barinholtz) is pestering a government official (Bashir Salahuddin) to find his missing mother and sister.

Instead of working out a clever story or writing something witty, the filmmakers rely instead on the skills of Schumer and Hawn. This leaves the movie feeling like a series of random set-pieces in which the actresses improvise a lot of goofiness, which is shaped into something vaguely sensible in the edit. The overall narrative is flimsy at best, but there are hilarious moments scattered through every scene, and Schumer and Hawn thankfully underplay most of it.

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Paul Feig at CinemaCon 2017 Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 30th March 2017

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Paul Feig at the Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Office Christmas Party' held at Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, California, United States - Thursday 8th December 2016

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Ghostbusters Review

Excellent

It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with a then-original mix of comedy and supernatural action. Intriguingly, this new film is neither a sequel nor a remake; it's a reboot of the franchise, which loosely adapts the original 1984 premise to all-new characters. Thankfully, the screenplay is smart and funny, and the cast is flat-out hilarious.

It opens as university professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) sees her hopes for tenure evaporate when a book she wrote years ago with her childhood pal Abby (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces, affirming their belief in ghosts. So Erin seeks out Abby, and discovers that she's still researching the supernatural, now with the sharp-witted gadget maker Jillian (Kate McKinnon). With spirit sightings on the rise in New York, the three decide to launch a ghost-busting business, joined by city expert Patty (Leslie Jones) and bimbo receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). But the apparitions popping up around the city are getting increasingly malevolent, and it's clear that an apocalypse is brewing.

The basic plot is lifted from the original movie, which is referenced in virtually every scene. Most of this is rather distracting, because a more original storyline would have been a lot more involving and the in-jokes will be lost on younger audiences. But it's fun to see the original cast members turn up here and there in random cameos.

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Paul Feig , Laurie Karon - Celebrities attend The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar. at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th January 2016

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Paul Feig and Laurie Karon

Snoopy, Chamber officials, Paul Feig , Craig Schultz - Snoopy Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony at Hollywood Boulevard - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 2nd November 2015

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Snoopy, Chamber Officials, Paul Feig and Craig Schultz
Snoopy, Chamber Officials, Paul Feig and Craig Schultz

Bill Murray Confirmed As Making Appearance In 'Ghostbusters' Reboot


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Original Ghostbuster Bill Murray has been confirmed as making an appearance in Paul Feig’s upcoming all female reboot of the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 64 year old actor played Dr. Peter Venkman in the original 1984 film, as well as reprising the role in 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.

Bill MurrayBill Murray will be making an appearance in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

Feig’s reboot features an all female lead cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the group of ghost hunters, with Chris Hemsworth also set for a supporting role. It is expected to hit theatres on July 22, 2016.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Director Paul Feig Shares First Official Photo Of Cast In Full Costume


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Director Paul Feig has shared the first picture of the Ghostbusters cast in costume. Feig has been teasing the release of the image for a number of weeks after sharing a number of sneak peeks with his fans on social media. The official image shows actors Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kat McKinnon all kitted up and ready to take on the paranormal.

Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy stars in Ghostbusters.

Read More: Director Paul Feig Gives First Look At New Ghostbusters Costumes From Upcoming Reboot.

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Melissa McCarthy's 'Spy' Storms The Box Office


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'Spy', Melissa McCarthy's latest hit action comedy with her 'Bridesmaids'/'The Heat' director Paul Feig, clocked up an impressive $86.5 million worldwide in its first weekend. The film's US debut ($30m) was considered a bit soft, which pundits say may be due to audience frustration with McCarthy's less enjoyable recent films 'The Identity Thief' and 'Tammy'. But 'Spy' has a 7.6/10 audience rating at IMDb and an impressive critics' score of 95% positive at Rotten Tomatoes.

Melissa McCarthy stars in 'Spy'Melissa McCarthy stars in 'Spy'

This has already put 'Spy' into the top 100 of spy movies as ranked by Box Office Mojo. 'Despicable Me 2', 'Skyfall' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum' hold the top three slots, followed by three 'Mission: Impossible' films and two 'Austin Powers' movies.

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'Insidious' And 'Spy' Are Neck And Neck At US Box Office


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As ticket sales for Dwayne Johnson's San Andreas cool off a little, two very different films are vying for the number-one spot this week: the third (but probably not the last) instalment of the Insidious horror series, and Melissa McCarthy's crime comedy Spy. And they're neck and neck after one day in cinemas according to Box Office Mojo - Insidious has made $10.4million, while Spy is slightly behind with $10.25m.

Lin Shaye at a screening of Insidious: Chapter 3Lin Shaye (the one on the right)

The directorial debut of actor-writer Leigh Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 has received a warmer critical reception than many people expected, but its opening-day haul is roughly half what the second film in the series made in its first 24 hours, meaning it will likely end the weekend with a considerably lower total than Chapter 2's $40.3m. 

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'Spy' Is Melissa McCarthy's Big Break Out


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Melissa McCarthy's new action-comedy 'Spy' marks a leap in her career from supporting goofball (she was Oscar nominated for 'Bridesmaids') to co-lead (alongside Sandra Bullock in 'The Heat') and now to carrying a major blockbuster on her own shoulders. It's no coincidence that all three of these movies are directed by Paul Feig, a filmmaker who has long thought that more films should be centred on strong, funny women.

Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'

McCarthy grew up in Illinois, and describes her family as "a bunch of funny men who think women are really funny. I didn't grow up with a sense that people thought any differently."

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Melissa McCarthy Delivers Her Tour-de-Force With Stunning 'Spy'


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With Bridesmaids, The Heat and Tammy, Melissa McCarthy has already established herself as one of the finest comedy actresses on the planet though in Paul Feig's latest movie Spy, the 44-year-old from Illinois has arguably cemented herself as the finest comedy actress on the planet.

SpyMelissa McCarthy is secret agent Susan Cooper in Paul Feig's Spy

In it, she stars as Susan Cooper, an unassuming CIA analyst and unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous mission. However, when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate a world of deadly arms dealers and prevent a global disaster. The critics are uproarious.

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Paul Feig Was Unaware Sony's Plans For All-Male Ghostbusters Reboot


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Paul Feig, the writer and director who will helm an all-female Ghostbusters reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, says he was unaware of Sony's plans to make an accompanying all-male version, with Channing Tatum attached. The Bridesmaids filmmaker also revealed he came close to quitting the movie after receiving a torrent of "hate" on Twitter.

Paul FeigPaul Feig says he has received a torrent of hate online after announcing the all-female Ghostbusters projec

 "I almost went, 'Maybe I should just not do this, maybe this is a bad idea'," he said at the SXSW Festival.

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Ellen Degeneres Promotes Oscars With Choreographed Dance Routine [Video]


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The brand new trailer for the Oscars with host Ellen Degeneres looks more like it’s promoting the Tony Awards than the stuffy, glitzy Academy Awards. Not that anyone would mind – a choreographed dance number is always alright with us and if it includes tuxedoes, that’s even better.

Ellen Degeneres, Daytime Emmy Awards
With Degeneres hosting, it'll be an Oscars ceremony like no other.

While it doesn’t really feature any movie references, the minute-long video sets an entirely different tone for the awards than the one we’re used to. This looks more like something out of the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Golden Globes or Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscars, rather than the most competitive movie awards ceremony in Hollywood.

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Paul Feig - New York premiere of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' at Beacon Theatre - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 15th December 2013

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Snatched Movie Review

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