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FilmWeek: Our Reviews Of ‘Irresistible,’ ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,’ ‘My Spy’ And More

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Chris Cooper stars as Jack Hastings and Steve Carell as Gary Zimmer in IRRESISTIBLE, a Focus Features release. (Daniel McFadden/Focus Features)
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Every week, Larry Mantle, who also hosts our newsroom's longtime public affairs show AirTalk, and KPCC film critics spend an hour talking about new films.

This week, Wade Major and Angie Han join Larry to review this weekend’s new movie releases and share some of their recommendations:

“Irresistible”

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Angie says:
“It feels frozen in time from the last time that Jon Stewart was at the forefront of political comedy when he left ‘The Daily Show’ in about 2015, and a lot of that has to do with the politics and the tone. It takes this glib, ‘both sides are just as bad’ approach and makes observations about the divide between coastal elites and “real Americans” that would have felt stale three years ago but feel especially out of touch at a time when there are protests raging in the streets in the middle of a deadly pandemic and Americans are having this national reckoning about race.”

“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”

  • Available on Netflix

Here’s Wade’s review:
“It’s at least 15 or 20 minutes way too long. It overstays its welcome in a lot of sequences that just drag on and on and on and belabor the joke. I think Eurovision is innately very funny, and this is sort of prime Will Ferrell territory -- pick an occupation, a world and then insert Will Ferrell to create havoc and sort of magnify all of the eccentricities of that world. It would be funny, I think, if it were a little bit leaner.”

“My Spy”

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Angie’s review:
“It was both a little bit better than I expected and not quite good. It’s a movie that you’ve seen even if you haven’t seen it, by which I mean it’s one of those family comedies that pairs a big, muscle-bound dude with a precocious kid in the tradition of ‘Kindergarten Cop’ or ‘The Pacifier.’ Dave Bautista is really the best thing about this... and he’s very likeable here. He has great comic timing, he does great physical comedy, he has great chemistry with the kid, but he’s also really winning in some of the more emotional parts.”

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“The Ghost of Peter Sellers”

  • Available to rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play & Amazon Prime Video)
Wade had this to say:
“I think this is absolutely amazing. This is an extraordinary kind of documentary. It’s more of a personal memoir of sorts. It is absolutely fascinating, not just from a filmmaking standpoint of how a movie can go wrong even if the people making it are presumably competent... but it also gives you the insight into the fragility of the artistic mindset, that even if you are a completely capable filmmaker, you’re still perfectly capable of being pulled apart if circumstances don’t come just right. I really loved it.”

Listen above to hear more in-depth reviews of these films and more:

ABOUT OUR CRITICS:

  • Angie Han is also deputy entertainment editor at Mashable; she tweets @ajhan
  • Wade Major is also film critic for CineGods.com

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