melissa mccarthy

Free From the Haze of Nostalgia, the New "Ghostbusters" Soars

I’ve never seen the original Ghostbusters—which means I can review the new film on its own merits. 

Making a Better, Smarter “Strong Female Character”

From Orphan Black to Game of Thrones, tough and flawed women are complicating the “strong female character” trope.  Read more »

In "Spy," Melissa McCarthy Screws With Your Expectations—And Gets the Last Laugh

Spy movies playing on the James Bond trope have been boring for years. Even comedies like Archer, which satirizes the genre, are pretty played out at this point. That’s part of the reason why I had low expectations going into Spy, director Paul Feig’s summer spy... Read more »

"Tammy" Is Not a Great Film—But It Is a Radical One.

Everyone hates Tammy. The new Melissa McCarthy movie has already been panned far and wide: There’s a no-star review from the ... Read more »

The "Bridesmaids" Effect: How Did "Bridesmaids" Change Hollywood?

In this mad, mad world of ours, there are only a few things that we can all agree upon—the sky is blue, the internet cat video pheonomena is an excellent waste of time, and the film Bridesmaids was one of the biggest hits of... Read more »