This week’s new releases include spies, Hollywood buddies and zombies.
“Spy”: 31/2 stars. Deskbound CIA analyst volunteers for an undercover mission. Melissa McCarthy stars. Director Paul Feig demonstrates with “Spy,” his latest collaboration with McCarthy, that “Heat” wasn’t a fluke.
It’s the controlled and creative performance from McCarthy that makes “Spy” work. Feig lets her have big comic moments and never pushes the character to cartoonish levels. That includes several fight scenes that McCarthy handles with action film star skills.
McCarthy turns in one of the funniest performances of her career in this espionage spoof. It’s one of the funniest films of the year.
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“Entourage The Movie”: 2 stars. There was something slightly charming about the self-indulgence that was so rabid in the HBO series “Entourage.” It was OK to watch the group of knucklehead buddies make their way through the Hollywood swill of stardom and celebrity cameos because the guys were likable.
Now, the guys have gone big-time. The big-screen version of “Entourage” puts the longtime buddies in familiar Hollywood situations, except this time more could be spent on the swill. Instead of capitalizing on what made the TV show interesting — the guys’ friendship — the movie cranks up the special guests, tosses in some villains who look like Looney Tunes extras and spends too much time behind the scenes of the film world.
“iZombie: The Complete First Season”: 3 1/2 stars. Rose McIver is part “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and part “Walking Dead” in this comic book-inspired series. Each of the 13 episodes in the midseason series is both a strong action show and light comedy.
ALSO NEW ON DVD
“Outlander: Season 1, Volume 2”: Conclusion of the cable series from executive producer Ron Moore.
“Jane the Virgin: The Complete First Season”: Gina Rodriguez plays the virgin who becomes a mom.
“Return to Sender”: A woman’s world is shattered by the man she thought was a perfect blind date.
“George Gently: Series 7”: Martin Shaw returns to the role of Inspector George Gently.
“The Duke of Burgundy”: A twisted tale of erotic obsession.
“Tiger-tastic 3 Pack”: Includes 24 tales from “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”
“Dislecksia: The Movie”: A look at how people learn to deal with dyslexia.
“Rock ’n’ Roll Revue/Rhythm & Blues Revue”: Two-disc set that features 54 musical performances.
“Dear Sofia: A Royal Collection”: Features appearances by four Disney princesses.
“Vera: Set 5”: Series based on the novels by Ann Cleeves.
“My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Games Ponies Play”: Contains six episodes.
“Christine”: The film based on the Stephen King novel is now on Blu-ray.
“Cop Car”: Corrupt sheriff hunts for two runaways.
“Poltergeist”: Remake of the 1982 horror classic.
“A Murder in the Park”: Story of Anthony Porter’s arrest for a crime he didn’t commit and the man who later confessed.
“Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls”: Based on the scary writings of R.L. Stine.
“The Slap”: The NBC miniseries was based on this Australian short series.
“I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”: Phil Rosenthal goes on six offbeat culinary adventures.
“Famous Nathan”: Director Lloyd Handwerker’s film about the New York restaurateur.
“Aloft”: Accident sends mother and son on different paths. Jennifer Connelly stars.
“Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot”: Look at the success story of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.
“Bones: Season 10”: Includes episodes where Booth is framed for the murder of three FBI agents.
“Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1”: ABC comedy about what happens when the family of Eddie Huang moves from D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando.