Stories about comedy

Likely to be a winner, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ humorously targets the internet and Disney itself

It may not have made as much money as Frozen (2013) or received as many awards as Big Hero 6 (2014) or Moana (2016), but that doesn’t change the fact that 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph was one of the most inventive animated films Disney has made as of late. The story of Ralph (voiced by John C Reilly) – the antagonist of the Fix-It Felix Jr arcade game, who no longer wants to be the bad guy – and Vanellope (an effervescent Sarah Silverman) – the glitch in the game Sugar Rush, who wishes she was a racer – the film ...

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Does ‘Life of the Party’ have what it takes to be the next ‘Bridesmaids’?

Actress Melissa McCarthy’s cinematic collaborations with her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, may not have impressed critics thus far, but their movies have seen enough financial success to inspire the couple to continue making more comedies together. Their new project is the upcoming Life of the Party, another offering from the duo’s production company, On the Day. The pair is firmly in charge of this vehicle – the film has been directed by Falcone, written by Falcone and McCarthy, and stars McCarthy in the lead role. The protagonist is Deanna (McCarthy), a 40-something woman in the process of getting a divorce from ...

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Hilarious yet heartwarming, ‘102 Not Out’ proves that age is just a number

When two legendary stars of Indian cinema come together for a movie after 27 years, you know something wonderful is in the making. Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, two Bollywood veterans with multiple hits and accolades to their names, have united for the first time since 1991, when they starred together in Ajooba. Both actors have starred together in films before as brothers, but this time around they will be portraying father and son. The movie, titled 102 Not Out, looks nothing like what usually comes out of the Bollywood factory. The movie is directed by Umesh Shukla, who was also ...

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‘Tag’: A hilarious story of an outlandish tradition that will make you miss your friends

In January 2013, The Wall Street Journal ran a story about a group of friends who had been playing a game of tag for 23 years. The game started in high school, continued throughout college, and soon became a no holds barred tradition, where whoever got tagged as “IT” would have to travel all across the country to tag one of the other competitors. The “Tag Brothers”, as they came to be known, decided to sell their story, resulting in the movie, Tag, whose trailer was released recently. Tag stars an ensemble cast of Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, Avengers), ...

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The Spy Who Dumped Me won’t be winning any Oscars, but its leading ladies will definitely entertain

The leading ladies of Hollywood have proven time and again they can be just as entertaining and bankable as their male counterparts, and when they team up for female-fronted action and buddy comedies, the results can be quite enjoyable. This is why I’m looking forward to The Spy Who Dumped Me – a film that may not have a very ingenious premise, but will hopefully deliver a lot of laughs, courtesy of the comedic chops of its leads. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon have teamed up for this spy adventure, portraying two best friends. Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon) unexpectedly become entangled into an ...

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With wisecracks that stop at nothing, the trailer for ‘Deadpool 2’ will leave you in splits

It was only after the movie had spent 12 years in development hell that we finally got to watch Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool on the big screen. Yes, like everyone else, including Reynolds himself, I am disregarding his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As it turns out, Deadpool was a huge hit and became an even bigger sensation than the X-Men series. Some people also believe that 20th Century Fox went ahead with Logan, an R-rated affair, because Deadpool was such a big hit. The film released in 2016, and as it happens with superhero movies, Reynolds is going to be donning the red ...

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Intense and insane, ‘Blackmail’ seems to have all the ingredients to be a real winner

The moment the posters for Irrfan Khan’s upcoming dark comedy Blackmail were released, with the actor wearing a paper bag over his face while he stood bare chested in his boxers, I knew it then and there that we were in for a treat! Khan rarely misses that quality movie mark and the kind of movies he does are always a little different than what Bollywood usually has in stores for us. The trailer of the movie released recently, and as expected, it seems like one hell of a ride. The trailer, with a 150-second runtime, is hilarious and quite intense. Usually, Bollywood ...

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This Is Us: A refreshing break from the usual senseless bombast

For as long as I can remember, I have had an intense aversion for family dramas – a genre which happens to be all the rage in our part of the world. While I was never a big fan of the category, it is no coincidence that my dislike for it proportionately grew with the rapid proliferation of local entertainment channels. The more ‘saas-bahu’ garbage they churned out, the less tolerant I became of the genre itself. Until one fateful day, it all changed.    Well you see, like loads of other people, I have a habit of always having ...

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard would have been a clichéd action movie if it weren’t for Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson

Even when the script they have to work with isn’t quite exceptional, talented actors still have the ability to elevate the mediocre material they’re provided and turn it into an entertaining cinematic experience for the audience. That is exactly what Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson have done with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, an otherwise middling action comedy that benefits from the chemistry and charisma of its leads. The actors portray two bitter rivals who must set aside their differences and work together to evade countless armed baddies on a journey across Europe. Reynolds appears in the role of Michael Bryce, a ...

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Beatriz at Dinner: An impactful clash between race, social class and ideals

It’s a clash of personalities and perspectives as two very different people end up at the same gathering in Beatriz at dinner. The movie is from an odd but touching drama genre with an impressive cast and a terrific performance by its lead actress. The protagonist is Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a massage therapist and spiritual healer who works mainly with cancer patients at an alternative clinic. One of her private clients is the wealthy Kathy (Connie Britton), the mother of a Hodgkin’s survivor, Tara, who Beatriz helped during her cancer treatment and recovery.   After Beatriz is done with her massage session at Kathy’s posh residence, ...

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