Films: Nasim Pedrad

Aladdin

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar, Billy Magnussen, Alan Tudyk, Frank Welker
  • UK release: 22 May 2019

Disney’s live-action version of 1992’s Aladdin features a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith and terrific work from Massoud and Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine, but against that there’s some weird VFX, odd directorial choices and a well-intentioned but clunky female empowerment number. Enjoyable and entertaining…

Despicable Me 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • U
  • Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moisés Arias, Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Schaal, Pierre Coffin
  • UK release: 28 June 2013

Gru (Carell), now-reformed supervillain, is adjusting to life as the suburban dad of three small girls when the Anti-Villain League, led by Silas Ramsbotttom (Coogan), forces him to go undercover with stringy sidekick Lucy (Wiig) in search of a criminal mastermind. Although hardly stretching itself in terms of ideas, it's…