Comedy

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Minions: The Rise of Gru review – very funny goofball nonsense
Steve Carell’s wannabe supervillain takes on the hippest bad guys on the block in this irrepressible latest Despicable Me outing

Wendy Ide

02, Jul, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The Big Hit review – impressive French prison comedy-drama
Based on the true story of a drama teacher who worked in a high-security jail, this film crackles with charm and nervous energy

Wendy Ide

26, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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The Big Hit review – feelgood prison comedy as convicts do Beckett
A curmudgeonly actor helps prisoners put on a production of Waiting for Godot in Emmanuel Courcol’s predictable drama

Leslie Felperin

24, Jun, 2022 @7:27 AM

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The Man from Toronto review – dull Kevin Hart Netflix caper
The anodyne action comedy, which sees the star buddied up with Woody Harrelson as a hitman, is competently made but lacks humour

Adrian Horton

24, Jun, 2022 @1:00 AM

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Minions: The Rise of Gru review – feeble origin story hopefully lays franchise to rest
This fifth instalment in the Despicable Me animation series spirals back to 1976 and a stolen mega-powerful amulet but the plot is perfunctory and it runs on the faintest of fumes

Peter Bradshaw

22, Jun, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe review – animated idiots return for sci-fi comedy
There are some funny moments in the feature-length return of Mike Judge’s long-running duo but there are also too many missed opportunities

AA Dowd

22, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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50 First Dates: this sweet-hearted gem is among Adam Sandler’s finest work
The 2004 goofball romcom starring the endlessly bankable pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore has its problems but is still full of charm and chemistry

Nathan Jolly

21, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Gatlopp: Hell of a Game review – supernatural board-game yarn is a low-budget Jumanji
Peppy comedy sets four jaded Los Angelenos up with a perilous challenge that could go on for eternity – and certainly has franchise potential

Phil Hoad

21, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande review – Emma Thompson excels in stagey sex comedy
The endlessly versatile actor plays a reserved widow ​who ​hires a ​sex worker ​in this ​enjoyably subversive but not quite believable​ romp​

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

19, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Cha Cha Real Smooth review – a wry romcom that’s shamelessly manipulative
In his second film, whiz-kid Cooper Raiff gives himself another starring role as an adorable bar mitzvah host who meets Dakota Johnson’s older woman

Wendy Ide

18, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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A funny thing happened on the way to Lavender Hill
Letters: The Lavender Hill Mob went from serious crime drama to comic caper, explains Quentin Falk

Letters

17, Jun, 2022 @4:37 PM

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Jerry and Marge Go Large review – Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening go small
A broad, fact-based comedy about a couple who game the lottery has flashes of vicarious fun but relies too heavily on sitcom beats

Benjamin Lee

17, Jun, 2022 @3:27 PM

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