Having quit their horrible jobs, Dale, Kurt, and Nick (Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jason Bateman) have since teamed up and invested their all in a business venture together. Garnering a positive response from a major distributor, Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), the three get in over their head in debt, the only option appears to be kidnaping (sic), the target, Bert’s son Rex Hanson (Chris Pine). But, nothing ever seems to go easily for the boys; in an increasingly bad series of decisions chaos and comedy ensues, will they be able to save their business let alone their own necks? Giving way to improv and letting the pure chemistry between Day, Sudeikis, and Bateman shine Director Sean Anders has created a situational comedy that stands out as one of the best this year and doesn’t rely on a watered down, re-hashed, or half-baked plot based on the original Horrible Bosses of 2011– thank god. And, supporting nuttiness from Chris Pine adds to the fun; meanwhile, unexpected off colour dialogue from returning characters portrayed by Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey makes the win even sweeter. Looking for a quick, low down and dirty comedy to escape your family this weekend, winner winner turkey dinner! Horrible Bosses 2 is rated R.
Awakening from her hospital bed in District 13 Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers she’s the intended lightning rod for the revolutionaries of Panem. Meanwhile Katniss’s partner in the Hunger Games, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), has been captured by the capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Pitted against each other, a war of revolution, propaganda, casualties, and democracy wages on. It’s up to the residents of District 13 lead by rebel President Coin (Julianne Moore) to see that freedom will reign– or will it? Directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) the tone and timber as previously established continues to darken as the story begins to draw to a close, and, from an acting standpoint the ensemble has risen to the occasion and put forward their best foot yet. Albeit, some judicious editing could have improved the pace and perhaps even eliminated the need for a part 2, but, all mighty dollar is calling and Hollywood wants to bilk this for all it’s worth, so it goes, we’re still left with an entertaining adventure. Furthermore, touching on not so subtle subtexts of slavery, propaganda, socialism, xenophobia, and revolution this installment is clearly the “thinker” before what is set out to be another big battle/showdown between good and evil. Entertaining none the less and worth your while if you’ve followed along thus far, The Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 1 is rated PG-13.
Before his confinement to a wheelchair from ALS, Steven Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) was first a student turned professor in theoretical physics at Cambridge University. While in school he would meet his wife to be, Jane (Felicity Jones). This is their story, abbreviated, but up to date. Based on the book by Jane Hawking and shining a beacon of attention on one of our greatest thinkers, Director James Marsh composes a love story in the midst of physics equations which in turn makes for an excellent springboard for Redmayne and Jones to express their talents as actors, impressive. And, mildly delving into Hawking’s theories on time and black holes without drowning the viewer, the film stands out as one of this year’s notable biopics worth your while in at least matinee form, maybe more. The Theory of Everything is rated PG-13.