Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) and her fellow CIA operative Rick Ford (Jason Statham) pose as a “happy” couple as they go deep undercover to stop an arms dealer.
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Critical rating: 3 stars out of four
Directed by: Paul Feig (“The Heat,” “Bridesmaids”)
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law and Rose Byrne
Rated: R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity
The story: “Spy” is centered on a CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) who is promoted from her long-time desk job to an undercover assignment where she must try to stop a nuclear weapon from falling into the wrong hands.
The scoop: Writer-director Paul Feig becomes one of the industry’s most reliable comedy directors with a film that’s set to become a mainstream hit. “Spy” isn’t the most original picture to hit theaters in 2015, but it is a consistently funny Hollywood concoction that entertains while poking good-natured fun at the espionage genre. Melissa McCarthy does most of the heavy lifting, but the excellent supporting cast – particularly Jason Statham in a rare comedic role – is likable as well.
John Lloyd Young plays crooner Frankie Valli in the Clint Eastwood musical “Jersey Boys.”
This week’s major home video releases include the sequel to a popular animated film, the latest comedy from Melissa McCarthy and a musical drama by director Clint Eastwood.
The fighting machines Gipsy Danger, front, and Striker Eureka prepare for combat in the science-fiction adventure “Pacific Rim.”
This week’s major home video releases include a buddy-cop drama with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock and a science-fiction spectacle directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Melissa McCarthy (front) and Jason Bateman star in “Identity Thief.”
This week’s home video releases include an R-rated comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, a new entry in the “Die Hard” franchise, and a charming zombie romance.
Left to right, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig star in “Bridesmaids.”
We’ve entered a slow period for home video because, for the second week in a row, only one major theatrical release is making its way to the small screen. The good news? That one release was a huge hit in theaters.