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The best thing about Paul Feig’s action comedy Spy, about a dowdy backroom CIA operative who gets thrust into the decidedly more glamorous – and dangerous – field, is undoubtedly the fact that it gives Melissa McCarthy a proper platform to show what she can do, while also gently poking fun at the sexist tropes inherent in the film’s own genre. However, it also offers plenty of excellent opportunities for other actors to have a right old larf at their own expense – notably Jude Law as a smoothichops agent called Bradley Fine, the object of unrequired affection from McCarthy’s Susan Cooper, and Jason Statham as hot-headed rival spook Rick Ford, who boasts of his ludicrous past exploits of derring-do (which could easily have come right out of another Jason Statham film – Crank anyone?) while also reveling in his own remarkable incompetence. Nicely played.
Out on Friday 5 June, foxmovies.com/movies/spy
Other than the fact that South and East Londoners are no longer required to rely on the whims of buses and Network Rail to get around, the best thing about the recent(ish) investment in the London Overground system has been that it has given author Iain Sinclair a new excuse to write a book. The Hackney-based writer, who writes about the capital (among other things) with an ingenuity that is both astonishingly clever and determinedly democratic, has always looked for new and original ways of carving lines through the city. He’s walked the M25 for London Orbital (2002), he’s travelled the waterways from Hastings to East London – on a pedalo shaped like a swan – for the film Swandown (2012), and made nine walks across London for his astonishing book Lights Out For the Territory (2010). Now he’s walked the circle of train lines (which now join up at Clapham Junction) for his new book, London Overground: A Day’s Walk Around the Ginger Line, and discovers, as he has a knack for doing, all kinds of interesting presences and traces of continuity and disconnection.
Out on Thursday 4 June (Hamish Hamilton)