THE BOSS ★★
The latest madcap romp from Melissa McCarthy sees Hollywood’s go-to funny lady playing a brash multimillionaire who doesn’t let a little thing like prison or penury stop her from starting up a go-getting cookie business. Not in the comedy class of Spy or The Heat, but McCarthy always delivers laughs.
MOTHER’S DAY ★★
If you enjoyed Garry Marshall’s previous commemorative day rom-coms (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve), then this sentimental fluff featuring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson should leave you warm and fuzzy all over. Others might just wish for the End of Days.
Documentary-making enfant terrible Michael Moore is back in gleeful gadfly mode as he “invades” other nations in order to discover what makes them tick. As usual, Moore is in the business of poking fun at the good old US of A but there are nuggets of information about work, crime and education across Europe and beyond that may even surprise sophisticates on this side of the Atlantic.
This New York story stars Ben Kingsley as a soon-to-be-married Sikh driving instructor who finds common ground (and romance?) with about-to-be-divorced Patricia Clarkson as he teaches her to drive. It’s a gentle affair bolstered by class acts.