Laura Finch

Laura is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course.

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Art of fakery

Movie | Melissa McCarthy plays a convincing, scheming Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
by Laura Finch
Posted 10/26/18, 03:11 pm

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a film based on the memoir of late writer Lee Israel, has every hallmark of a modern-day Oscar winner: a female director, a hit comedienne (Melissa McCarthy) turning to a dramatic role, and romantic storylines that will thrill the LGBT community.

Early reviewers gushed about McCarthy’s performance as the ornery, depressed Israel, a struggling biographer who starts forging letters from famous authors for cash. They were right: McCarthy plays Israel with such perfect nuance you can almost smell her bad breath through the screen. 

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Mystery on the block

Movie | Change in the Air muses on themes of grief and hope, but leaves unanswered questions
by Laura Finch
Posted 10/25/18, 12:34 pm

Change in the Air couldn’t possibly be more different from the shows on which Rachel Brosnahan last gave two unforgettable performances, House of Cards and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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Modern Magnum

Television | Lighthearted Magnum P.I. reboot avoids sexism, showcases diversity
by Laura Finch
Posted 9/25/18, 01:15 pm

CBS’ newly remade Magnum P.I., which premiered Monday, sticks roughly to the premise of the original 1980s hit show starring Tom Selleck: a light, funny, mystery storyline about a former Navy SEAL “repurposing his military skills to become a private investigator.”

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