Nobody does mouthy misfit like Melissa McCarthy. So lucky us: When the CIA needs an unknown to destroy a bomb, they tap her desk-agent character. This comedy from writer-director Paul Feig and costarring Rose Byrne had us laughing as much as Bridesmaids did.
Reese Witherspoon returns to comedy as the cop protecting Sofia Vergara, the widow of a drug kingpin turned informant. The women have irresistible chemistry, and filming was clearly a blast (wait for the bloopers!).
As 1920s and '30s blues siren Bessie Smith in this HBO biopic, Queen Latifah gives a performance that's all pain, beauty, and bravery—with a side of moonshine. Mo'Nique costars; the clothes are great eye candy too.
Woman in Gold
Helen Mirren, as a World War II refugee searching for a precious family painting stolen by the Nazis, forges a surprisingly touching friendship with Ryan Reynolds, who plays her underdog lawyer. This one's based on a true story and gave us a seriously good cry.
In this dramedy by Cameron Crowe, Emma Stone is an Air Force liaison in Hawaii falling for Bradley Cooper, a cocky military contractor who's not over his ex, Rachel McAdams. Screenings have been on lockdown, but we repeat: Stone and McAdams together. Reason enough!