Month: December 2016

Office Christmas Party (2016)

  Office Christmas Party (comedy, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck) tells the story of office life during Christmas time in today’s over-cautious, under-entertained, nanny-state working society, where HR are ever present. Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T. J. Miller, and Jennifer Aniston (as Bitch-Boss. Ok that’s not her real name but she does seem to be typecast, hey?). Clay (T. J. Miller) is the Chicago branch manager of a large company who do…stuff. Josh (Jason Bateman) Clay’s chief tech. officer and Tracey (Olivia Munn…..does anyone else hear angel choirs when her name is mentioned? No? Just me? Ok..) are charged with the responsibility of organising the branch’s boring, vanilla, end of year office party. Enter Bitch-Bo…er, Carol (Jennifer Aniston), Clay’s sister and the CEO of the company who decides that, to save money, all bonuses are scrapped, all Christmas parties cancelled and, oh yeah, lets fire 40% of the staff. Naturally it’s up to Clay and team to save the day and convince Carol to save the staff if they can secure an elusive, major client, Walter Davis (Courtney B Vance) who has the financial ability to support the company. The seemingly bored-in-life yet reluctant Davis agrees to attend their Office Christmas party which they promise will be the ‘party of the year’. The film is not without its clichés so it becomes fairly predictable rather quickly,...

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Sully tells the true story of airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who successfully managed to execute an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, it is a tale of quiet heroism and moral resilience. Hanks carries off the lead role in his inimitable style, turning in the kind of performance in which one can easily become convinced that he actually is – and always has been – the eponymous airline captain. Hanks’ character finds himself first lauded as a hero, only for his actions to be drawn into question, as his employer attempts to cast him as having acted irresponsibly. It is a movie of two tempos: the panic-inducing, anxiety-ridden moments of terror as the airplane’s engines are blown out, and its subsequent descent over a crowded Manhattan; then the scenes of contemplative reflection and growing indignation as subsequent events unfold. Without the experience and acting talent of Tom Hanks, Sully could have been a disappointing movie. The lead role is one that few actors could have pulled off without appearing strained and flat. As it turns out, Hanks nailed it, with an astonishingly compelling performance that will be remembered among his best. As may be expected, the crash scenes also deserve a special mention, so convincingly put together as they are. There is a good portion of this movie in...

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