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Review: Zootropolis

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:15 on 01 Apr 2016
Zootropolis
How many movies make up a renaissance? Without getting too hung up on terminology, I'm interested how we categorise, rank and file nascent movies - the age of this, the era of that etc. When does a hot streak cool into something of more substance? I only ask because Zootropolis is the latest in an increasingly long line of movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios that can rightfully call itself a classic. If you start with 2010's Tangled (and discount the still rather delightful 2011 Winnie The Pooh kiddy pic), that streak also includes Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Big Hero 6, all movies with iconic characters, impressively progressive agendas, humour and heart. Shouldn't we be talking about this decade's body of Disney in more grandiose terms? Zootropolis represents the apex of Disney's sparkling Digital Age; a blissfully beautiful, adventurous and charismatic movie that's typical of the studio of late.

Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:20 on 19 Nov 2014
Horrible Bosses 2
Nobody expected a sequel to Horrible Bosses - least of all the people who made it. However, a $200 million box-office receipt was too big to ignore, so Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are back with their horrible bosses (that aren't even really their bosses) along for the paycheque. There's a palpable sense here of making hay while the sun shines: some might see Horrible Bosses 2 as the most cynical of sequels, but just as the hapless characters wing their way through each step of their terrible, ill-thought-out plan with a wink and a smile, so do the filmmakers, making sure we know they're having fun while doing so. That kind of infectious goofiness can't be faked, thus Horrible Bosses 2 is a very easy movie to enjoy.

Jason Bateman continues run of comedies with incredibly basic titles

Posted by Ali at 15:00 on 19 Nov 2012
Jason Bateman continues run of comedies with incredibly basic titles
I'm looking forward to his new comedy, Exasperated Man.

Review: The Change-Up

Posted by Rob at 19:30 on 11 Sep 2011
The Change-Up
Ah, the ol' body switcharoo routine – the calling card of a writer short on ideas. Having featured in (*glances quickly at Wikipedia*) 38 different movies (!), it's safe to say the body swap schtick has been well and truly done to death.

Review: Horrible Bosses

Posted by Matt at 21:19 on 25 Jul 2011
Horrible Bosses
You've all had that one boss, right? The one who convinced all your colleagues that you were an alcoholic, had coke-fuelled orgies in his office or sexually harassed you to the point of borderline rape? Nah, me either. The worst I've ever had to put up with is being made to process the quarterly spend spreadsheets a week early. Not so much 'horrible' as 'insensitive to my existing workload'.

Horrible Bosses, horrible trailer

Posted by Ali at 23:11 on 11 May 2011
Horrible Bosses, horrible trailer
LOL its funny because hes bald / shes sukin off a banana / hes kevin spacek. LEGEND!!

Review: Paul

Posted by Ali at 15:44 on 19 Feb 2011
Paul
A movie made by geeks, for geeks, about geeks... Sounds awful, doesn't it? Don't make the mistake of writing off Paul as giant bout of auto-fellatio on the part of uber-nerds Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, because despite appearances - and loads and loads and loads of science-fiction in-jokes - it's actually great fun, well-written and extremely enjoyable. Seriously though, Paul is so full of nods and wink, it's like it has a facial tic - Spaced's homage-o-meter would be overheating under the strain.

Get your Jennifer Aniston out of our Arrested Development movie

Posted by Ali at 19:42 on 10 Aug 2010
Get your Jennifer Aniston out of our Arrested Development movie
News reaches us that Jason Bateman is actively pitching a role in the Arrested Development movie for Jennifer Aniston. Clearly the man has gone rogue and must be stopped at any cost. Someone call Ice.

Review: Up In The Air

Posted by Kirsty at 23:46 on 14 Jan 2010
Up In The Air
Remember before pre-printed boarding passes, when you'd be queuing at check-in for 30 minutes, manically searching for your passport and tickets, only to have someone roll past you with their top-of-the line Samsonite holdall with dedicated laptop and "liquids" compartments, sail through first class check-in and security and be in their high-end Hertz hire cars before you even had your already dog-eared boarding pass in your sweaty little hand? Don't be too quick to envy their flashy suits and graphite members cards.

Review: Couples Retreat

Posted by Matt at 22:42 on 15 Oct 2009
Couples Retreat
It's been 13 years since Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn first showed us the "money" in Swingers, and each collaboration in the meantime hasn't quite measured up to that exceptional debut. Can Couples Retreat finally live up to expectations? Unfortunately, no - it's good, but it's not on the money.
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