Mila Kunis’ spy comedy; celebrity nuptials; now streaming

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star as best friends unwittingly involved in an international conspiracy in the comedy ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me.’  

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light

At the Movies: Opens Aug. 3

“The Spy Who Dumped Me” is an action/thriller and a comedy. Audrey (MILA KUNIS, 34) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), are best friends and roommates. Audrey has a bad break-up with her boyfriend (Justin Theroux) and then he completely disappears. Eventually, it’s revealed he’s a spy with assassins on his trail. The ladies are drawn into this spy game, which takes them to Europe, where they are chased by nasty guys. If they figure it all out, and stay alive, they just may save the world.

The film was directed and co-written by SUSANNA FOGEL, 38. She’s a regular New Yorker magazine contributor and the author of the novel “Nuclear Family,” about a Jewish family. This is the first big studio film she’s directed. 

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On July 24, Netflix began streaming a new, one-woman stand-up special starring ILZA SHLESINGER, 35.  I’ve seen Shlesinger before and her humor is in the vein of AMY SCHUMER, if a notch or two less clever. Still, she’s worth watching. Nice to note: on May 12, Shlesinger wed NOAH GALUTEN, 35 (the wedding photos show a particularly lovely chuppah). The groom is a Los Angeles restaurant owner, food critic and food book writer (James Beard award nominee). MAYIM BIALIK, 42, attended. 

“Extinction,” an original Netflix film, began streaming on July 27. Capsule plot: Peter (Michael Pena) is plagued by dreams of a space alien invasion. His nightmare comes true when an extraterrestrial force begins exterminating the people of Earth. However, Peter, we learn, may have been born with the psychic power to stop them. LIZZY CAPLAN, 36 (“Masters of Sex”) co-stars as Alice, Peter’s wife.

“Castle Rock” began streaming on Hulu on July 25. Co-produced by J.J. ABRAMS, 52, it weaves together parts of Stephen King’s large body of work. A number of King’s works are set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock and other works reference the town. Veteran actor SCOTT GLENN, 77, co-stars as the world-weary, now-retired sheriff of Castle Rock. Advance reviews are good, if not great.

During the summer, I look for hidden gems among series I hasn’t seen.  I found at least one: “I’m Sorry,” on the TruTV cable station. “I’m Sorry” is a funny, if not hilarious sit-com about a suburban mother (VALERIE SAVAGE, 45) who is also a comedy writer.  The first two seasons are now streaming on Hulu and on-demand. Savage co-created the series and ANDY SAMBERG is the executive producer.

 “Like Father” is a comedy that begins streaming on Netflix on Aug. 3. Kristen Bell plays Rachel, who is left standing at the wedding altar by her fiancée. Her father (Kelsey Grammar), who she’s not seen since she was a small child, shows up for the wedding, uninvited. They get really drunk together and decide to take her pre-paid honeymoon cruise together. SETH ROGEN, 36, co-stars as a nice guy Rachel meets on the cruise ship and gradually sparks fly. The film was directed and written by Rogen’s wife, LAUREN MILLER ROGEN, 35.