Rated 4.0

Four women (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones) join forces to fight a supernatural infestation plaguing New York. The 1984 blockbuster’s avid fans may bristle at the effrontery of remaking it (with women, no less), and they may not care to cut the new version any slack. But the plain truth is—with all due respect to Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and director Harold Ramis—the original was popular beyond its merits. The new one is every bit as funny, and with a rather more engaging story (by Katie Dippold and director Paul Feig). Tributes to the first movie abound, and everyone but Moranis makes an appearance. (Even the late Ramis is paid a sweet tribute.) McCarthy and Wiig shine, of course; Jones, too, but McKinnon steals the picture.