Laura Finch

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

Amazon

Maisel, take two

Television | Second season of award-winning series surpasses the first
by Laura Finch
Posted 12/27/18, 09:34 am

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, streaming on Amazon Prime, constantly teeters on turning quite cynical—but never does. And considering the setting—a housewife breaking into the New York comedy scene (and show business) in the 1950s—that’s pretty impressive. 

Season 1 mused on whether it would be possible for Miriam Maisel’s marriage to survive her comedic career. The big questions season 2 asks: Does success in show business require total independence? Must one be all alone to make truly great art?

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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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Screen Media Films

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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