Melanie Dishman's archive

Talk about a hard sell: A comedy about a young woman in a medically induced coma near death is risky business. But what is it comedians always say? Comedy is nothing but mining your personal tragedies for laughs, and that’s what comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon have done in their touching, hilarious story.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

Directed by: Jon Watts

Rated: PG-13

 

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Marvel Studios has revamped “Spider-Man” for the third time. Tobey Maguire didn’t quite get it done and Andrew Garfield was just too morose to capture the character. But now, finally, I think Marvel has finally found what makes this character tick and it turns out just to let Peter Parker be himself — a nerdy teenager.

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‘Baby Driver’

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Rated: R

 

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Once in awhile, a veteran actor will connect with a role that showcases them to the degree there is talk of an Oscar nomination — maybe a win. And it can revive a career, if needed. “The Hero” will not be such a role for Sam Elliott, although it seems tailor-made for him.

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‘Rough Night’

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell

Directed by: Lucia Aniello

Rated: R

 

My sister and I have an ongoing debate about the role of movies that revolves around art vs. entertainment. I fall into the latter fold because I have hard time seeing movies like “Booty Call” as art. But sis, a graduate of Cal Arts, holds that movies must teach us something in order to have succeeded. We rarely agree — until now.

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