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The Mitchells vs. the Machines

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
  • Written by: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
  • Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Conan O'Brien, Charlyne Yi, Sasheer Zamata, Mike Rianda, Olivia Colman
  • UK release: 30 April 2021

The robots have set out to take control. It's the end of the world. Humanities last hope lies with the dysfunctional Mitchell family.

The Willoughbys

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • Canada / US
  • 1h 32min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kris Pearn
  • Cast: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Seán Cullen, Ricky Gervais
  • UK release: 22 April 2020

Connected

  • 2020
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mike Rianda
  • Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman

Wine Country

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • Directed by: Amy Poehler
  • Cast: Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Jason Schwartzmann
  • UK release: 10 May 2019

Abby (Poehler) organises a 50th birthday celebration for her friends (Rudolph, Dratch, Gasteyer etc.) at Tammy (Fey)'s guest house in Napa, but weak wi-fi forces them to talk to each other. Poehler's directorial debut is a beautifully executed booze-fuelled comedy balancing sensitivity and great ensemble playing with…

The Happytime Murders

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • China / US
  • 1h 31min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph
  • UK release: 27 August 2018

In a world where puppets are second-class citizens, detective Connie Edwards (McCarthy) and disgraced puppet cop-turned-gumshoe Phil Phillips (voiced by Barretta) team up to solve the murders of some TV stars. A slender narrative doesn’t take the puppet idea very far and it’s all silly wisecracks and potty-mouthed humour…

Life of the Party

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ben Falcone
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Adria Arjona, Maya Rudolph
  • UK release: 11 May 2018

When Deanna (McCarthy) is abruptly divorced by her husband, she decides to enrol in her daughter’s university to complete the degree she gave up. Frothy comedy which provides a welcome reunion of McCarthy and Rudolph, and fine work from Gardner and Jacobs; lightweight fun.

The Emoji Movie

  • 1 star
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 26min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tony Leondis
  • Cast: T. J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Stewart
  • UK release: 4 August 2017

Gene (Miller) is a ‘meh’ emoji living in Textopolis who can’t help displaying mixed emotions. Targeted for deletion, he goes on the run with perky Hi-5 (Corden) and hacker Jailbreak (Faris). A combination of product placement, ingratiating voice work and barrel-scraping studio desperation, it’s a witless and blandly…

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • Canada / US / South Korea
  • 1h 31min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Cal Brunker
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph

In this inexplicable sequel to the underwhelming 2014 original, Surly Squirrel (Arnett) teams up with idealistic Andie (Heigl) and Precious (Rudolph) to save their park from the Mayor (Moynihan). The characters are unappealing and the script relies on uninspired action and flat non-jokes. At least there’s no ‘Gangnam…

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Imogen Poots, Joan Cusack, Maya Rudolph
  • UK release: 26 August 2016

Mockumentary about Conner (Samberg), ex-member of boy band The Style Boyz, whose attempt to get his solo career underway starts to falter. The songs are good and Samberg cleverly evokes Justin Bieber's heartfelt banality, but it relies too much on celebrity cameos rather than incisive bite.

Strange Magic

  • 1 star
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • U
  • Directed by: Gary Rydstrom
  • Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare, Meredith Anne Bull
  • UK release: 11 February 2015

When fairy Marianne (Wood) calls off her wedding, her suitor (Palladio) enlists the help of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Chenoweth), who's been captured by the Bog King (Cumming). An indigestible mess: kids' animation meets jukebox musical, with a tendency to define its female characters by their relationships with men.

Big Hero 6

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall
  • Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Génesis Rodríguez, T. J. Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph
  • UK release: 30 January 2015

Hiro (Potter) is a 14 year old robotics genius who, after a family tragedy, teams up with inflatable robot Baymax (Adsit) to become crimefighting superheroes. This Disney adaptation of a Marvel comic deals with dark themes of loss and grief but also has plenty of heart and some big laughs, especially from Adsit.

Friends With Kids

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Written by: Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Cast: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph
  • UK release: 29 June 2012

Jason (Scott) and Julie (writer-director Westfeldt) are best friends who, on observing their married friends' post-baby relationships, decide to have a child together so that they can each go on to find their perfect partners. Hit-and-miss, but it has a fantastic cast and the funniest nappy-changing scene of the year.

Bridesmaids

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Written by: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh
  • UK release: 24 June 2011

When her newly-engaged best friend Lillian (Rudolph) asks her to be chief bridesmaid, Annie (Wiig) is delighted, until she meets Lillian's new chum: a beautiful, rich bitch. The cast list overflows with comedy talent and the jokes are very funny.

Zookeeper

  • 1 star
  • 2011
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Frank Coraci
  • Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Steffiana De La Cruz, Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Gottschalk, Voices:, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Maya Rudolph, Bas Rutten

James plays zookeeper Griffin Keyes, whose beach-side wedding proposal is turned down by Bibb's money-grabber. Helping him win her back are Dawson's shy vet and the various animals he looks after. But no one can breathe life into the tedious script.

MacGruber

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jorma Taccone
  • Written by: Jorma Taccone, Will Forte, John Solomon
  • Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph, Val Kilmer

This revival of 'Saturday Night Live' character MacGruber, an 80's action hero complete with body warmer, shades and a removable car stereo he carries around with him, is a welcome return to the 'Airplane!' tradition of dry cinematic observation leavened with crude, silly jokes.

Away We Go

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US / UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Written by: Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida
  • Cast: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Allison Janney, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Schneider

Expectant parents Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) visit friends and family across America and Canada to try and find the perfect place to start their soon-to-be family. Misguided and naff impersonation of an independent American comedy road movie.

Idiocracy

  • 2006
  • 1h 24min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mike Judge
  • Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard

Mike Judge's dystopian satire takes us to a future world of immense stupidity.

A Prairie Home Companion

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Altman
  • Written by: Garrison Keillor
  • Cast: Garrison Keillor, Woody Harrelson, L Q Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin

It's the final night of a long-running variety radio show based on Keillor's real-life 'A Prairie Home Companion' and as the action follows the (celebrity cameo) acts on and off stage, a trenchcoated angel of death (Madsen) stalks Keillor. The final film from the recently deceased Altman is a genial, warm-hearted…

Bridesmaids

23 May 20114 stars

Kristen Wiig writes and stars in sharp Apatow comedy

Kristen Wiig (Adventureland, Whip It!) comes close to grasping the comedy crown from her Saturday Night Live colleague Tina Fey with this hilarious reinvigoration of the chick flick. As co-writer and star, Wiig disposes of traditional schmaltzy…

The Willoughbys

23 Apr 20204 stars

Enjoyably deranged, Roald Dahl-resembling animation that boasts a fine voice cast

Narrated by Ricky Gervais in cuddly blue cat form, The Willoughbys wants you to know it ain't no ordinary kids' film, as it signposts its cynicism from the outset. It's deliciously deranged family fare in the mould of Roald Dahl, with wicked parents…

Wine Country

7 May 20194 stars

Amy Poehler's directorial debut is a funny, full-bodied comedy about turning 50

A group of female friends descend on Napa for a 50th birthday celebration in Amy Poehler's directorial debut. With their plans scheduled to death by Poehler's Abby, the stage is set for a long-weekend's worth of beautifully-executed, booze-fuelled…

Away we go

11 Sep 20092 stars

After Revolutionary Road, director Sam Mendes takes a turn for the worse with this naff impersonation of an independent American comedy road movie written by publisher and memoirist Dave Eggers and his Mrs (Vendela Vida). Expectant parents Burt (John…

The Emoji Movie: Express Yourself

31 Jul 20171 star

Cynical and uninspired animated adventure featuring the voices of TJ Miller and James Corden

If Pixar's Inside Out and Disney's Zootropolis showed how to immerse audiences in boldly envisioned worlds, Sony's animated kids' dud is an abject lesson in how not to do it. The seeds of a clever satire might lurk in the idea of a city of emojis living…

The Happytime Murders

27 Aug 20183 stars

Melissa McCarthy tangles with some badly behaved puppets in this buddy cop comedy

Lewd and crude puppets behaving badly has been done before, most famously in Peter Jackson's 1989 comedy Meet the Feebles and stage musical Avenue Q. Now Brian Henson (son of Jim and director of The Muppets Christmas Carol) sticks his hand up the…

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

11 Aug 20172 stars

Charmless sequel to a mediocre original, featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl

Are there really people out there who've been hungering for another fix of The Nut Job? However underwhelming the 2014 original was, its worldwide haul of $120 million shows once again that, regardless of quality, animated animals beget big box office…