Tag Archives: Jason Bateman

Zootopia

WELCOME TO THE URBAN JUNGLE. Judy Hopps makes her dream come alive as the first rabbit to enter Zootopia’s police force; on parking duty, she stumbles across a plot where predator animals are disappearing… Two of the directors behind Bolt (2006) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012) joined forces for this attractive and hugely enjoyable 3D adventure … Continue reading Zootopia

Central Intelligence

SAVING THE WORLD TAKES A LITTLE HART AND A BIG JOHNSON. Twenty years after graduating from high school, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is contacted on Facebook by a guy who was spectacularly humiliated by bullies – and he turns out to have changed a lot. An action-comedy that benefits from Dwayne Johnson’s enthusiastic performance as … Continue reading Central Intelligence

The Gift

NOT EVERY GIFT IS WELCOME.  After moving into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood, an affluent couple (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall) run into “Gordo” Mosley (Joel Edgerton), a high-school acquaintance who clearly wants to be a part of their life… Edgerton’s directing debut comes in the shape of what initially looks like a throwback to early … Continue reading The Gift

This Is Where I Leave You

WELCOME HOME. GET UNCOMFORTABLE. When their father dies, four siblings return home to sit shiva with their mother (Jane Fonda) for seven days, giving them ample time to air grievances. The most adult movie director Shawn Levy has attempted has laughs and the occasional moment that is almost touching or almost profound, but never reaches … Continue reading This Is Where I Leave You

Horrible Bosses 2

NEW CRIME. SAME TOOLS. When Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) try to start a company together and are screwed by their financier (Christoph Waltz), they come up with a scheme to get back at him. As is the case with far too many sequels, the story is thinner but the … Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

Identity Thief

SHE’S HAVING THE TIME OF HIS LIFE. In order to save his job, Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) needs to find the woman (Melissa McCarthy) who’s stolen his identity and keeps emptying his bank accounts. A high-concept comedy that should only work if we believe in the two central characters; I’m not sure that we do, … Continue reading Identity Thief

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

Horrible Bosses

EVER WISH YOUR BOSS WERE DEAD? Best buddies Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) are all abused at work by their mean-spirited bosses; eventually they come up with a radical solution. This raunchy comedy borrows its premise from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951) in a not too inspired way, but offers many laughs … Continue reading Horrible Bosses

The Switch

THE MOST UNEXPECTED COMEDY EVER CONCEIVED.  Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) decides to have a baby on her own, but one drunken evening the donor’s sperm is accidentally ruined and Kassie’s best friend (Jason Bateman) replaces it with his own… without her knowing it. That has to be one of the most contrived plot summaries I … Continue reading The Switch

Up in the Air: Shark on the Road

THE STORY OF A MAN READY TO MAKE A CONNECTION. Some people will see this film as too depressing to enjoy. Others will consider it a breezy comedy and not quite get what all the fuzz is about. Some will look at the film’s message and find comfort in the fact that they belong to … Continue reading Up in the Air: Shark on the Road

The Invention of Lying

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE CAN ONLY TELL THE TRUTH… HE’S JUST INVENTED THE LIE! Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world where everyone is truthful all the time; one day he suddenly tells a lie… and realizes the potential of this invention. The first movie Gervais ever co-directed is a largely formulaic (and … Continue reading The Invention of Lying

Juno: Girl, Interrupted

A COMEDY ABOUT GROWING UP… AND THE BUMPS ALONG THE WAY.   Not many strippers start a blog where they write about their profession. Not many strippers are approached by a film producer offering her a book deal for a memoir. Not many strippers begin their new careers as screenwriters by first putting together a … Continue reading Juno: Girl, Interrupted

State of Play

FIND THE TRUTH. Investigative reporters Cal McAffrey and Della Frye (Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams) look into several deaths that are linked to a House committee hearing chaired by Cal’s old buddy, Representative Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). The British six-hour miniseries has been boiled down to a two-hour movie set in Washington, but that’s not a … Continue reading State of Play