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Screener Squad: The Starling

The Starling Movie Review


Melissa McCarthy has reteamed with her “St. Vincent” director Theodore Melfi with this new Netflix movie “The Starling.” The story follows Lilly Maynard (McCarthy) and her husband Jack (Chris O’Dowd) as they are working to overcome the untimely death of their infant daughter. While Jack is still not ready to move on, Lilly is being encouraged by people around her to reach out to other people to overcome her grief rather than isolate herself. This leads her to the office of Larry Fine (Kevin Kline), an ex-psychiatrist turned veterinarian who forms a bond with her. And this attracts the attention of a starling who is constantly harassing her outside her home. Can this couple overcome their trauma? Marco, Melina, and Frank sat through this whole thing to find out and…well, they have some thoughts on whether it’s even worth clicking the play button on this film.


DIRECTED BY: Theodore Melfi

STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Skyler Gisondo, Kimberly Quinn, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Loretta Devine, Rosalind Chao, Ravi Kapoor, Laura Harrier, Emily Tremaine, Scott MacArthur, Elisabeth Rohm, Veronica Falcón, Brock Brenner, Edi Patterson, Dan Bakkedahl, Don McManus




Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



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