Comedy Films

Shazam!

500 Days Of Film Reviews Shazam! Starring Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer And Mark Strong

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Isn't It Romantic

500 Days Of Film Reviews Isn’t It Romantic Starring Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine And Liam Hemsworth

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Fighting With My Family

500 Days Of Film Reviews Fighting With My Family Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden And Dwayne Johnson

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Instant Family

500 Days Of Film Reviews Instant Family Starring Mark Wahlberg And Rose Byrne

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Oscar Special - The Favourite

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Favourite Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone

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Stan and Ollie

500 Days Of Film Reviews Stan and Ollie Starring John C Reilly and Steve Coogan

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The Favourite

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Favourite Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone

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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

500 Days Of Film Reviews Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Starring Neil Maskell, Charles Dance, Sam Riley and Hayley Squires

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Dumplin'

500 Days Of Film Reviews Dumplin’ Starring Danielle Macdonald And Jennifer Aniston

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Sorry To Bother You

500 Days Of Film Reviews Sorry To Bother You Staring Lakeith Stanfield And Tessa Thompson

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The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Starring Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson And Tom Waits

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

500 Days Of Film Reviews Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Jack Black and Rooney Mara

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10 Best Comedies On Amazon Prime

500 Days Of Film Reviews Ten Great Comedies Available Now On Amazon Prime

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A Simple Favor

500 Days Of Film Reviews A Simple Favor Starring Blake Lively And Anna Kendrick

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Crazy Rich Asians

500 Days Of Film Reviews Crazy Rich Asians Starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina And Henry Golding

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To All The Boys I've Loved Before

500 Days Of Film Reviews To All The Boys I've Loved Before Starring Lana Condor

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10 Of The Best Comedies On Amazon Prime

500 Days Of Film Reviews 10 Brilliant Comedies On Amazon Prime

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Set It Up

500 Days Of Film Reviews Set It Up Starring Glenn Powell, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu And Taye Diggs

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Book Club

500 Days Of Film Reviews Book Club Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen And Mary Steenburgen

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Ibiza

500 Days Of Film Reviews Ibiza Starring Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer And Phoebe Robinson

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Deadpool 2

500 Days Of Film Reviews Deadpool 2 Starring Ryan Reynolds, John Brolin, Morena Baccarin And Zazie Beetz

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Life Of The Party

500 Days Of Film Reviews Life Of The Party Starring Melissa McCarthy

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Tully

500 Days Of Film Reviews Tully Starring Charlize Theron And Mackenzie Davis

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I Feel Pretty

500 Days Of Film Reviews I Feel Pretty Starring Amy Schumer And Michelle Williams

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Blockers

500 Days Of Film Reviews Blockers Starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz And John Cena

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Isle Of Dogs

500 Days Of Film Reviews Stop Motion Animation, Isle Of Dogs, Featuring The Vocal Talents Of Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson And Liev Schreiber

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Ingrid Goes West

500 Days Of Film Reviews Ingrid Goes West Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and

O'Shea Jackson Jr.

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Gringo

500 Days Of Film Reviews Gringo Starring David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton And Charlize Theron

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I, Tonya

500 Days Of Film Reviews I, Tonya Starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney And Sebastian 

Stan

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Game Night

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Game Night, Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams And Kyle Chandler

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Off The Menu

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Off The Menu, Starring Dania Ramirez And Santino Fontana

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2017's Best Comedy Films

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Best Comedy Films In 2017

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The Disaster Artist

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Disaster Artist Starring James Franco And Dave Franco

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Brigsby Bear

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy Drama, Brigsby Bear, Starring Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear And Mark Hamill

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A Bad Moms Christmas

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, A Bad Moms Christmas, Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski And Susan Sarandon

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A Man Called Ove

500 Days Of Film Reviews Tragicomedy, A Man Called Ove, Starring Rolf Lassgård And Bahar Pars 

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Boy

500 Days Of Film Reviews Boy Starring James Rolleston And Taika Waititi

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected)

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy Drama, The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected), Starring Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, Elizabeth Marvel And Ben Stiller

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The Death Of Stalin

500 Days Of Film Reviews Satire, The Death Of Stalin, Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffery Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine and Andrea Riseborough

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Home Again

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Home Again, Starring Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Lake Bell And Candice Bergen

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Carrie Pilby

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Carrie Pilby, Starring Bel Powley, Jason Ritter, Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

500 Days Of Film Reviews Action Drama, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton And Samuel L. Jackson

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Little Evil

500 Days Of Film Reviews Horror Comedy, Little Evil, Starring Evangeline Lilly And Adam Scott

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American Made

500 Days Of Film Reviews Real Life Drama, American Made, Starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson And Sarah Wright

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Swiss Army Man

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy Drama, Swiss Army Man, Starring Paul Dano And Daniel Radcliffe

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The Big Sick

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, The Big Sick, Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter And Ray Romano

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Hampstead

500 Days Of Film Reviews Rom Com, Hampstead, Starring Diane Keaton And Brendan Gleeson

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Safety Not Guaranteed

500 Days Of Film Reviews Drama, Safety Not Guaranteed, Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson

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Prevenge

500 Days Of  Film Reviews Horror Comedy, Prevenge, Starring Alice Lowe

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Toni Erdmann

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Toni Erdmann, Starring Sandra Hüller And Peter Simonischek

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War Machine

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy Drama, War Machine, Starring Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley and Scoot McNairy

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Colossal

500 Days Of Film Reviews Drama, Colossal, Starring Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens and Jason Sudeikis

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Tramps

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Crime Caper, Tramps, Starring Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten and Michal Vondel

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Mindhorn

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Mindhorn, Starring Julian Barratt, Essie Davis and Simon Farnaby

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Their Finest

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy Drama, Their Finest, Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy

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The Edge Of Seventeen

500 Days Of Film Reviews Coming Of Age Comedy, The Edge Of Seventeen, Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner and Woody Harrelson

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The Love Witch

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Love Witch, Starring Samantha Robinson

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I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

500 Days Of Film Review Crime Drama, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, Starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood

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When Harry Met Sally

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, When Harry Met Sally, Starring Meg Ryan And Billy Crystal

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Singin' In The Rain

500 Days Of Film Reviews Musical, Singin' In The Rain, Starring Gene Kelly And Debbie Reynolds

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Starring Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone And Akiva Schaffer

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The Young Offenders

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, The Young Offenders, Starring Alex Murphy, Chris Walley And Hilary Rose

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Captain Fantastic

500 Days Of Film Reviews Drama, Captain Fantastic, Starring Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler And Frank Langella 

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Hunt For The Wilderpeople

500 Days Of Film Reviews Hunt For The Wilderpeople Starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison And Rima Te Wiata

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman And Billy Bob Thornton

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Elvis & Nixon

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Elvis & Nixon, Starring Michael Shannon And Kevin Spacey

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Maggie's Plan

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Maggie’s Plan, Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke And Julianne Moore

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The Meddler

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy Drama, The Meddler, Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons

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Mascots

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Mascots, Starring Parker Posey, Tom Bennett, Jane Lynch and Chris O'Dowd. 

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Zombieland

500 Days Of Film Reviews Horror Comedy, Zombieland, Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin

 

Geeky college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived a plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies. 

 

Columbus is now scared of everything.

 

Gun-toting Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), has no such fears. He is out for revenge and intends to slaughter as many zombies as possible. Just don’t stand in his way… or eat his Twinkies.

 

Together, Columbus and Tallahassee embark on a dangerous road trip, encountering feisty sisters, Wichita and Little Rock ( Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin), along the way.

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Bridget Jones's Baby

500 Days Of Film Reviews Romantic Comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Starring Ralph Fiennes

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel follows the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a fabulous hotel from the (fictional) Republic of Zubrowka.

 

Set between the first and second World Wars, the film also tells the story of Zero Moustafa (played by both F. Murray Abraham and Tony Revolori) the lobby boy who becomes Gustave's protege and dearest friend.

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Bad Moms

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Bad Moms, Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

And Kathryn Hahn

 

From the outside, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a fulfilling career. 

 

However she's over-committed and exhausted to breaking point. 

 

An encounter with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted 'perfect' moms, pushes Amy over the edge. 

 

Along with two other stressed-out mums - Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) - Amy embarks on a quest to liberate herself from conventional responsibilities and to have some much needed fun.

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Sing Street

500 Days Of  Film Reviews Comedy Drama, Sing Street, Starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton And Jack Reynor

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Daddy's Home

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Daddy’s Home, Starring Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg

 

Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) just wants his step-children to love him.

 

He tries everything to win Megan and Dylan’s affection and just cannot believe his good fortune when this devotion begins to pay off.

 

However, before he has the chance to enjoy his new Daddy status, Megan and Dylan’s biological father, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) returns with one goal in mind - to win back his family at any cost.

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Ghostbusters

500 Days Of Film Reviews Ghostbusters Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth

 

Following the appearance of a ghost at an old house in New York, paranormal scientists Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) together with nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) are called in to investigate.

 

As more apparitions start to appear, they are joined by ex-subway worker and knowledgeable New Yorker, Patty Tolan (Jones).

 

Together, the four women form the Ghostbusters - ably (or, often, not so ably) aided by their receptionist, Kevin (Chris Hemsworth).

 

Can they save their city from impending paranormal apocalypse? 

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Pitch Perfect

500 Days Of Film Reviews 2012's Pitch Perfect Starring Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks And Rebel Wilson

 

Freshman, Beca (Anna Kendrick), is persuaded to join The Bellas - her school's all-girl singing group.

 

Along with an eclectic bunch of other new recruits, she injects fresh energy into The Bellas rather tired repertoire.

 

However, Beca faces serious resistance from control freak traditionalist, Aubrey (Anna Camp)

 

Taking on male rivals, Barden’s The Troublemakers, The Bellas need to pull together if they stand any chance of making it to the a capella international finals. 

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

500 Days Of Film Reviews Comedy, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Starring Joanna Lumley And Jennifer Saunders

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Adult Life Skills

500 Days Of Film Reviews Adult Life Skills Starring Jodie Whittaker

 

Anna is stuck. Approaching 30, she lives in her mum’s garden shed - spending her days making videos, using her thumbs as actors.

 

A week before her birthday, her Mum serves up an ultimatum – move out of the shed and on with life.

 

Anna resists the idea. However, old school friend, Fiona (Rachel Deering), troubled eight year old, Clint, and the attentions of impossibly awkward estate agent, Brendan (Brett Goldstein), make her self-imposed isolation impossible to maintain. 

 

She has to confront what scares her most: the idea of moving on, following the death of her twin.

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Danny Collins

500 Days Of Film Reviews Danny Collins Starring Al Pacino

 

Hard living music star, Danny Collins (Al Pacino) deadens the pain of his life’s regrets with drugs and alcohol. 

 

He enjoys the trappings of his extremely successful career and yet, beneath the ridiculous layers of fake tan, he is deeply unhappy.

 

An unexpected gift from long-time manager and friend, Frank Grubman

(Christopher Plummer) shocks Danny into considering what his life could have been like had he taken a different path.

 

Danny moves into a hotel in New Jersey, visits his estranged son and makes a firm friend in Hilton manager, Mary (Annette Benning).

 

Can he make amends before it is too late?

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The Nice Guys - Review

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Nice Guys Starring Russell Crowe And Ryan Gosling

 

In 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) realise that they must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. 

 

During their unconventional investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

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Love & Friendship

500 Days of Film Reviews Whit Stillman’s Adaptation Of Jane Austen’s Love & Friendship

 

Fleeing a scandal involving married man, Lord Manwaring, in London, beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) finds refuge at Churchill -  her brother-in-law’s estate.

 

Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark).

 

Lady Susan has designs on her sister-in-law’s brother, the handsome and eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel). Meanwhile, she persuades a horrified Frederica of the need to marry the wealthy but ridiculous Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).

 

However, Lady Susan’s plans are at risk from DeCourcy’s disapproving family at Churchill and Lady Manwaring’s hysteria in London. 

 

Can she avoid the denouement of denouements?

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Sisters

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Hilarious Comedy, Sisters, Starring Amy Poehler And Tina Fey

 

Sisters, Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Tina Fey), are summoned back to their childhood home in order to clean out their bedrooms before their parents (Dianne Wiest and James Brolin) sell the house and move into a retirement complex. 

 

Once home, both sisters feel a sense of nostalgia and a desire to recapture their glory days.

 

They decide to throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Intern

500 Days Of Film Enjoys Robert De Niro In The Intern

 

Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70 year old widower who wants more from his retirement than well, just retirement. 

 

As a result, Whittaker decides to apply to become a ‘senior’ intern at a trendy online fashion website. 

 

Assigned to help the company’s increasingly frazzled founder, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), Whittaker initially feels out of his depth. 

 

However, the more he observes the business, the more he realises that his experience is still relevant and that he still has something important to contribute.  

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Florence Foster Jenkins

500 Days Of Film Reviews Florence Foster Jenkins And Finds A Charming And Poignant Tale Of Courage And Passion 

 

Director, Stephen Frears’, latest film tells the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. 

 

The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was awful. And yet, they loved her.

 

Her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence. 

 

However, when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew that he could no longer shield her from the truth.

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Everybody Wants Some!!

500 Days Of Film Reviews Everybody Wants Some!! And Finds Great Fun, Great Music And Some Extremely Tight Trousers

 

When freshman pitcher, Jake (Blake Jenner), moves into a house with his college baseball team, he realises he has entered the unknown.

 

This aint high school - college is a whole new game and, until he earns teammate status, he is a nobody.

 

Time to adapt or die (socially).

 

Living off campus, there are only two rules: no alcohol and no girls allowed upstairs. Those rules are broken within minutes as, in the days before classes begin, the baseball team set out to have as much outrageous fun as possible.

 

For, deep down, each one of them knows, crazy days of freedom are numbered.

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Grandma

500 Days Of Film Reviews Grandma Starring The Wonderful Lily Tomlin

 

Having just broken up with her girlfriend and still grieving the loss of her life partner, Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) is faced with the arrival of her granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner). 

 

Sage is in trouble. She is pregnant but in no position to have a baby. She has an appointment scheduled for an abortion but she does not have the 630 dollars that she needs to pay for the procedure. 

 

The trouble is, neither does Elle.

 

The two women have until sundown to find the money and so spend the day paying unannounced visits to old friends and flames to try to scrape together the cash. 

 

Their journey rattles old skeletons, digs up old secrets and makes both Elle and Sage reassess their lives.

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Fargo

Twenty Years Since Its Release, 500 Days Of Film Reviews The Coen Brothers Classic Movie, Fargo

 

Car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard (William H Macy), is in deep financial trouble.

 

However, he has a plan. 

 

He decides to hire two men to kidnap his own wife in the belief that his wealthy father-in-law Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell) will pay the ransom.

 

Jerry will then use this money to pay off his kidnappers and settle his debts.

 

What could possibly go wrong? 

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Eddie The Eagle

500 Days Of Film Reviews Eddie The Eagle Starring Taron Egerton In The True Story Of Britain’s Unlikely Olympic Hero 

 

Eddie The Eagle is the inspirational story of Eddie Edwards who set out to become Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

 

Against the odds, and with the help of washed up former ski jumper Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and touches the hearts of millions. 

 

Despite coming last (by quite some way) Eddie embodied the true spirit of the Olympics. After all, as the founder of the games, Pierre de Coubertin, famously said: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

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Riki And The Flash

500 Days Of Film Reviews A Rocking Meryl Streep In Riki And The Flash

 

Riki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep) is a hard-rocking singer and guitarist with a band called The Flash. 

 

Music is her passion and her dream but it has also demanded many sacrifices and, these days, barely pays the bills.

 

When her ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) calls to tell her that their daughter Julie (Mamie Gummer) is in trouble, Riki gets straight on a plane and heads back into a world where she has music of a different sort to face.

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Housebound

500 Days Of Film Reviews New Zealand Horror Comedy, Housebound

 

Bad tempered delinquent, Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O'Reilly), is forced to return to the house she grew up in when she is placed on home detention. 

 

This punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact that she has to live there with her mother Miriam. 

 

Unable to go beyond the front gate, she has to wait for hours on end to use the telephone - all the while listening to her mother’s ludicrous theories that the house is haunted. 

 

Kylie initially dismisses her mother's superstitions as nothing more than a conscious distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small-town gossip. However, when she hears strange noises she, herself, begins to wonder if the house is possessed by a hostile spirit.

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21 Jump Street

500 Days Of Film Reviews 21 Jump Street And Finds A Funny And Sweet Action Movie

 

Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are an unlikely and underachieving pair of rookie cops.  

 

When Deputy Chief Hardy (the brilliant Nick Offerman) decides to get rid… reassign them, the friends find themselves in 21 Jump Street. Here, they are tasked with bringing down a high school synthetic drug ring.

 

However, on their return to high school they find that the rules have changed - and both are in way over their heads.

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Hail, Caesar!

500 Days Of Film Reviews Hail, Caesar! And Finds A Loving And Amusing Homage To Hollywood's Golden Age

 

In the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, it is up to Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) to fix the problems at Capitol Pictures Studio.

 

He has to find actors for movies at a moment's notice, save movie stars from themselves and hide all this drama from the prying eyes of Hollywood’s gossip columnists (twins played by the glorious Tilda Swinton). 

 

Mannix is the oil that keeps the film studio running. However, some problems prove easier to solve than others, as Eddie discovers when top movie star, Baird Whitlock (a goofy George Clooney), is kidnapped by a mysterious group called The Future.

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Frances Ha

500 Days Of Film Reviews Frances Ha And Finds A Quirky, Funny And Irresistible Film

 

What do you do when life suddenly moves on without you?

 

This is the dilemma facing Frances, a young New Yorker training to be a modern dancer. 

 

Her best friend Sophie has decided to move in with her boyfriend, Patch, and the revelation has hit Frances - and hit her hard.

 

You see, she doesn’t really like Patch - he is (as Frances kindly tells Sophie) “the kind of guy who buys a black leather couch and is like ‘I love it’”. But, perhaps, it isn't Patch himself but the inconvenient idea of Patch that upsets Frances.

 

With the loss of Sophie, Frances finds herself cast adrift. She throws herself towards her dreams even as she realises the unlikelihood of them ever coming true. She needs to discover her place in the world.

 

And so we go on a journey with Frances - in the hope of finding what will make her happy in her career, in her friendships and in her life.

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Frank

500 Days Of Film Reviews Frank And Finds A Poignant And Wonderfully Offbeat Comedy

 

Stuck in a dull job and still living with his parents, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is desperate for change.

 

He wants to be a songwriter and musician but can’t seem to create anything original.

 

When Jon joins an avant-garde pop band, led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), who hides his face behind a huge fake head, he believes he is finally about to make it big. 

 

However, Jon soon finds that he is out of his depth and terrorised by bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

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While We're Young

500 Days Of Film Reviews While We’re Young And Finds An Entertaining Story Of Life And Youth

 

Josh and Cornelia Srebnick (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) are a middle-aged couple living in New York. 

 

As content as they both appear on the outside, inside something has stalled. Something is missing.

 

They just can’t seem to move forward.

 

Having tried but been unable to start a family, Josh and Cornelia begin to lose touch with friends their own age.

 

Then they meet young, free-spirited Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Josh and Cornelia  are immediately taken with the young couple’s lifestyle. They seem effortlessly cool and spontaneous. They embrace life and live it to the full. 

 

Inspired, Josh and Cornelia throw their old friends aside and begin to follow the hip young couple. 

 

However, can the group sustain their friendship despite the 20 year age gap? Are Jaime and Darby really as cool as they seem?

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Goosebumps

500 Days Of Film Reviews Goosebumps And Finds A Monster Movie That's Fun For All The Family 

 

When Zach (Dylan Minnette) moves with his mother Gale (Amy Ryan) from New York to the sleepy town of Madison, Delaware, he despairs that nothing exciting will ever happen to him again.

 

Things only start to look up when he meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), the friendly and yet mysterious girl next door.

 

However, Hannah’s father (Jack Black) - equally mysterious but much less friendly - tells Zach to stay away.

 

Undeterred, the two teens become friends. So, when Zach hears Hannah’s blood curdling screams one night, he does not hesitate to come to her rescue by breaking into her (rather forbidding) house.

 

What he finds there will unleash horror and chaos on the entire town. 

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10 Reasons Why We All Love Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day!

 

Just kidding... it is, of course, actually the 3rd of February. 

 

I watched Groundhog Day last night for what must be the millionth time. I just love this film so much.

  

Of course, I am not alone. So many people love this movie - and for so many reasons.

 

Here are just ten of them:

 

10 Reasons Why We All Love Groundhog Day

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Galaxy Quest

500 Days Of Film Reviews Galaxy Quest And Finds A Hilarious Sci Fi Spoof And A Classic Performance From Alan Rickman

 

Since the cancellation of their cult Sci Fi television show, the cast of Galaxy Quest have fallen on hard times.

 

They are now resigned to opening shopping centres and signing autographs at Sci Fi conventions.

 

However, everything changes when an alien race (called the Thermians) mistakes them for real astronauts. The Thermians have watched Galaxy Quest and believe the show to be based on factual “historical documents”.

 

The Thermian race is under attack from the evil General Sarris (Robin Sachs) and they believe the Galaxy Quest team is their only hope. As a result, they have recreated every aspect of the show and have come to Earth to collect the unsuspecting crew.

 

Can Galaxy Quest Commander, AKA actor Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), and his jaded crew confront evil and save the day?

 

Will Nesmith keep his shirt on? Will Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver) keep stating the obvious? Will Dr Lazarus (Alan Rickman) repeat his catchphrase without bitterness?

 

Tune in to find out... 

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Mistress America

500 Days Of Film Reviews Mistress America And Finds A Smart And Funny Film With Powerful Female Leads

 

Tracy (Lola Kirke) is lonely.

 

She has started studying literature at a college in New York and just can’t seem to fit in or make new friends.

 

When her mother suggests she contact her soon-to-be step-sister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), Tracy reluctantly complies.

 

After spending just one night with Brooke, Tracy is besotted. At first glance, Brooke is everything that Tracy wants to be - effortlessly cool, sociable, independent and full of incredible, passionate ideas.

 

One of Brooke's ideas is to own a hip lifestyle restaurant (that also cuts hair). However, without urgent financial investment, this dream will soon die.

 

Tracy wants to help her almost step-sister. However, as Brooke inspires her creative writing, her true motivation is not altogether altruistic.

 

Can she admit to truth that lies beneath the surface? Can anyone?

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