Category: comedy

REVIEW: Free and Easy (2016)

A door-to-door salesman walks into a small Chinese town, offering magical soap for anyone willing to sniff it. A local monk wanders down looking for donations, only he is not what he appears to be. Two police officers try to solve a crime without any clues. A forest ranger has a meltdown after someone cuts ...

REVIEW: I Am Not a Witch (2017)

A Zambian woman trips and drops a bucket of water next to a homeless child (Maggie Mulubwa). Clearly, she decides, the child must be a witch. Off the silent girl goes to be tried in court, sentenced, and exiled to a rural prison camp for convicted witches. It all sound farcical, and it is - ...

REVIEW: Monday (2000)

Takagi (Shinichi Tsutsumi) is a Japanese businessman who wakes up in an amnesiac blur in a Tokyo hotel room. While searching through his pockets for clues as to what happened over the previous days, he remembers attending a disastrous funeral for a co-worker, having a drink in a bar full of yakuza, and his memories ...

REVIEW: Giants and Toys (1958)

Three Japanese candy manufacturers wage a pitched battle for market supremacy. While junior executives cosy up in bars attempting to tease out what their rivals' promotional plans are, one enterprising director elects to bypass traditional endorsements by creating his own celebrity from scratch. Once he has made her, however, he may struggle to control her. ...

REVIEW: The Fairy (2011)

Dom (Dominique Abel) works the counter of a small hotel in a French seaside town. One day a woman named Fiona (Fiona Gordon) arrives at his hotel, proclaims herself to be a fairy and offers him three wishes. When Fiona spontaneously disappears that night, Dom sets out on a quest to find her again. Dominique ...

REVIEW: Chongqing Hotpot (2016)

Three friends run a failing Chongqing hot pot restaurant constructed out of a disused underground bomb shelter. When they attempt to make an illegal extension of the restaurant into an adjacent shelter, they accidentally knock a hole into the vault of a bank down the road. Yang Qing's 2016 film Chongqing Hotpot is nominally a comedy, but ...

REVIEW: Quick Change (1990)

A man named Grimm (Bill Murray), dressed as a clown, walks into a bank and holds its staff and customers hostage. New York police chief Ratzinger (Jason Robards) personally negotiates with the criminal, but despite running a by-the-book siege both the robber and his accomplices get away. For Grimm, robbing a bank of a million ...

REVIEW: Four Lions (2010)

Omar (Riz Ahmed) leads a small terrorist cell in suburban England. While he and his cousin Waj (Kayvan Novak) travel to Pakistan to train in an Al Qaeda camp, their friend Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) tries to train crows to carry bombs while the antagonistic Barry (Nigel Lindsay) decides to recruit activist and amateur rapper Hassan (Arsher ...

REVIEW: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two dead-end 27 year-olds living in Palm Beach. When a chance encounter with former high school classmate Heather Mooney (Janeane Garofalo) reveals their school is hosting a 10 year reunion, they head back to Arizona to re-live their teenage dreams and invent fake careers to impress the former ...

REVIEW: Lost in Paris (2016)

Fiona (Fiona Gordon) is a librarian living in Canada's icy north, who receives a worrisome letter from her 93 year-old Parisian aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva). Rushing to Paris to help her, she soon finds her aunt has disappeared, her luggage has gone missing, and she is being romanced by an eccentric homeless man named Dom ...