Office Xmas Party (2016)

Office Christmas Party: Pass on This One

For a movie that makes such an effort to poke fun at lame corporate office culture, it’s almost ironic how Office Christmas Party manages to throw a party that’s equally as dull. It’s a movie based on a simple premise (i.e., an out-of-control office party) with a seasoned cast of comedians at its disposal, yet it somehow stumbles all over itself. It reminds me of the most recent season of SNL. It has all of the right elements to succeed, but it has no idea how to utilize them. Continue reading “Office Christmas Party: Pass on This One”

Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps in Disney's Zootopia

Zootopia Is Easily One of Disney’s Finest Animated Films to Date

Just when you start to think Disney can’t top themselves, they knock it out of the park again. Around 2010, Disney sat down and charted a new course for their animated films (That’s Disney proper, not its subsidiary, Pixar) with their eyes set on diverse characters, top-notch animation, and stories that audiences of all ages would love. And you can see that new course with box office and critical successes Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. Now, I’d say that course is officially cemented with Zootopia. Continue reading “Zootopia Is Easily One of Disney’s Finest Animated Films to Date”

This Is Where I Leave You Movie

This Is Where I Leave You: A Look Into Complicated Relationships and Love

After the death of their father, the Altman children return home to fulfill their father’s dying wish that they “sit shiva,” a Jewish tradition of week-long mourning in which they stay at the family home and receive visitors. During shiva, Judd (Jason Bateman), Wendy (Tina Fey), Paul (Corey Stoll), Phillip (Adam Driver), and their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda), all confront marital and familial issues. Continue reading “This Is Where I Leave You: A Look Into Complicated Relationships and Love”

Jason Bateman in Bad Words

Bad Words: Can You Spell Painfully Unfunny?

Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) is a pottymouth who never passed the eighth grade. After finding a loophole in the rules for the Ohio regional spelling bee competition, Guy competes against kids more than half his age for a chance to win the national spelling bee, The Golden Quill. Much to the dismay of the overbearing spelling bee parents, Golden Quill director Dr. Deagan (Allison Janney), and Golden Quill founder Dr. Bowman (Philip Baker Hall), Guy manages to sleaze his way through the competition into the final round.  Continue reading “Bad Words: Can You Spell Painfully Unfunny?”