You’d think a rude, crude Christmas movie starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller, Olivia Nunn, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell would, by mere fact of its existence, would have to be a laugh riot.
You’d be wrong.
Office Christmas Party is fitfully funny at best; occasionally poignant, and mostly humdrum.
‘It’s Christmas. We should celebrate, they said. Just a little get together for the employees…’ intones a weary voice over a scene of destruction that could have come from an after-the-apocalypse movie.
Then we go back in time…
Off ice Party stars (among others): Justin Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon, and will be in theaters on December 9th. Check out the carnage after the break.
With a trio of high quality films (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6) in the last few years, Disney’s animation studio has been on a roll. Zootopia takes their game to the next level – equal to Pixar’s best level.
Set in a world where humanity never existed – and mammals evolved past their predator/prey relationship – Zootopia takes place in a world of anthropomorphized animals. The titular city, from afar, brings to mind a multi-colored city of OZ – or maybe Wayne Boring’s Kryptonopolis from the fifties’ Superman comics – it is an exquisite sight.
Day 1 of Disney’s very own Comic-Con, the D23 EXPO, began in earnest with its John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Disney & Pixar Animation) hosted Disney Animation and Pixar Animation panel. After a sizzle reel featuring an impressive cut of Disney’s most salient properties, from Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Animation, Pixar, Pete’s Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, the Johnny Depp two-fer: the newest Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and that upcoming Chris Pine Perfect Storm-like movie (The Finest Hours).
Cop shows, buddy movies, mysteries – each and every one of these tropes can be made even better by one thing: anthropomorphic animals (see trailer for a very loose definition).
Disney’s Zootopia combines all three tropes in what, if you can believe the trailer (and it’s very persuasive), will be a very cool, very funny movie. Check said trailer out after the jump. Zootopia will trip into theaters on March 4th, 2016.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Have joined the voice cast of Disney’s Zootopia – a film set in a ‘modern mammal metropolis.’
Goodwin will voice Judy Hopps, an optimitisic bunny newly accepted into the city’s police force, while Bateman will tackle the con artist fox, Nick Wilde, with whom she must reluctantly team up to solve her first case.
This Is Where I Leave You finds four siblings reuniting with their mother for their father’s funeral. The mother insists they sit shiva for him – which means seven days of dysfunction. It’s a plot we’ve seen quite a bit in the last year, but thanks to a terrific cast and surprisingly nuanced direction from Shawn Levy, it’s what August Osage County could have been.