Thursday, 21 May 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Spy", "Poltergeist", "When Marnie Was There"

Julien Faddoul

Spy *

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Sarcastic, choppy one-joke comedy that, despite some clever ideas, remains as slackly handled as its director’s previous films.

wd – Paul Feig
ph – Robert D. Yeoman
pd – Jefferson Sage
m – Theodore Shapiro
ed – Melissa Bretherton, Brent White
cos – Christine Bieselin Clark

p – Paul Feig, Peter Chernin, Jessie Henderson, Jenno Topping

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Jude Law, Nia Long, 50 Cent, Morena Baccarin, Peter Serafinowicz


A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.
Unnecessary remake; not scary. The choice of both director and writer is baffling.

d – Gil Kenan
w – David Lindsey-Abaire   (Based on the Story by Steven Spielberg)
ph – Javier Aguirresarobe
pd – Kalina Ivanov
m – Marc Streitenfeld
ed – Jeff Betancourt, Bob Murawski
cos – Delphine White

p – Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jared Harris, Jane Adams

When Marnie Was There ***

A unhappy young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she becomes friends with another young girl who may or may not be real.
Expectedly wistful, beautifully animated Ghibli film, illustrating with immense sensitivity the fears of past hurt and the social and sexual frustrations of adolescence.

d – Hiromasa Yonebayashi
w – Keiko Niwa, Masashi Ando, Hiromasa Yonebayashi   (Based on the Novel by Joan G. Robinson)
pd – Yohei Taneda
m – Takatsugu Muramatsu
ed – Takeshi Seyama

p – Yoshiaki Nishimura

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O'Hara, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres, Raini Rodriguez

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