Game Night (****) is great in how good it is

It’s early in the year, but so far, this is the best comedy. I haven’t laughed at  a film considered a comedy in several years. Let’s hope this is the start of a trend.

Central Intelligence (**1/2): A measure of the Rock’s comedic flexing ability

Let's be serious though. This isn't mensa material. It's a big dumb action comedy. There is nothing here as funny as Thurber's Terry Tate, Office Linebacker and thank goodness there is nothing nearly as bad as We're The Millers. It might get a few sequels, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure I won't remember one joke in 5 years, but I will smile when I think about it, just the same.

Zootopia (****1/2) preaches effectively (mostly)

The best thing is that the bad actors in the end are bad because they use differences to scare the larger voting base into being afraid of the smaller one. Fear, as we know, is the way to get votes these days. Saying someone who scares you is worthy of being scared of is a cheap pandering method that is used now more than ever, unless you're Libertarian.

The Gift (****) that cannot be returned

The Gift - 2015 Written, Directed and Starring Joel Edgerton Starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall Joel Edgerton is one of the more talented actors I have seen in recent years. His work in Animal Kingdom, Warrior and more recently The Great Gatsby are a good start for the uninitiated. At first glance of the trailer, this movie … Continue reading The Gift (****) that cannot be returned

Bad Words: Finally Bateman is not the nice guy

Bad Words - 2013 Director Jason Bateman Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney Screenplay by Andrew Dodge  Black comedy is an all or nothing venture.  You either have to go into it with total disregard or settle for School of Rock territory.  It's not that the latter category is a loser, it just doesn't … Continue reading Bad Words: Finally Bateman is not the nice guy

Identity Thief: I want my life back

Identity Thief - 2013 Director Seth Gordon Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Génesis Rodríguez, T.I., Robert Patrick, John Cho, Morris Chestnut, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks Screenplay Craig Mazin This movie would not exist without a dedicated ignorance to common sense.  Financial accountant extraordinaire Sandy Patterson (Bateman) answers a phone call at random to his … Continue reading Identity Thief: I want my life back

Horrible Bosses is not nearly as bad as it’s title

Horrible Bosses - 2011 Directed by Seth Gordon Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland Written by Michael Markowitz, John Frances Daley, Jonathan Goldstein In the ever perfectly fitting placement of poor Hollywood screenwriting, three high school friends find themselves stuck between a rock and … Continue reading Horrible Bosses is not nearly as bad as it’s title