Spy

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Wed­nes­day, win, 9pm, MA15+ (2015) The com­edy genre has been given a facelift of late, do­ing away with generic, slap­stick com­edy and herald­ing a new era of fea­tures that are as en­ter­tain­ing as they are in­tel­li­gent. Much of that ef­fect can be at­trib­uted to Spy’s lead­ing lady, Melissa McCarthy (pic­tured). In her lat­est flick she plays a ma­ligned pen­cil-pusher work­ing for the CIA, who’s ten over­looked in favour of the shoot-em-up agents in the field. But when her part­ner (Jude Law) goes miss­ing in ac­tion it’s up to her and her un­der­cover al­ter egos to in­fil­trate a smug­gling ring led by a no­to­ri­ous arms dealer (a bril­liant Ros Byrne). Jason Statham is at his comedic best as com­pro­mised top agent Rick Ford.

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