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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Horrible Bosses”

horrible bossesPICK Horrible BossesA comedy directed by Seth Gordon with a hilarious ensemble cast, including Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudeikis, which tells the harebrained but highly entertaining story of three unhappy friends who enlist the help of a shady ex-con to devise a “foolproof” scheme that will rid themselves of their insufferable employers…for good.

Hossible Bosses has a super dark premise, the pace is uneven, and the humor is lewd, crude, and highly offensive, but even still, the film is undeniably relatable and packed with punch. Plus, the cast is fully equipped with loads of energy and top-notch comedic timing. The jokes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this outrageous farce definitely delivers the just desserts topped with tons of fun.

Check out what Ben Kendrick of ScreenRant.com has to say about Horrible Bosses. What do you think? 

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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”

pan Mr. Popper's PenguinsPAN Mr. Popper’s PenguinsA family comedy directed by Mark Waters, starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, and Angela Lansbury which tells the hackneyed story of an ambitious business man who has no idea what’s really important in life. Well, that is…until he inherits 6 waddling roommates who transform his posh bachelor pad into a polar ice cap, create some general, kid-friendly mayhem, and teach him valuable life lessons…you know the drill. 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins nestles nicely into the syrupy family fare genre; many of the jokes may fall far south of hilarious, but the film is still cute enough for kids and schmaltz-loving adults to get a kick out of it. The film’s primary weakness, which ironically is also its biggest strength, is Carrey’s show-stealing performance. In these types of films, the adorable animals are supposed to take center stage…and it’s not like the arctic birdies aren’t trying  – they tap dance to “Ice Ice Baby” for cryin’ out loud! Yet in almost every scene, Carrey manages to upstage them, which doesn’t serve his character all that well since he’s supposed to be cold and unfeeling. Oh well, I guess…at least he’s entertaining.

Check out what Twitch Film has to say about Mr. Popper’s Penguins. What do you think?

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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Prom”

PAN PromPAN PromA comedy directed by Joe Nussbaum, starring Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, and Siu Yin Chang which unfolds the intertwining stories of several teenagers as they precariously approach one of the most significant transitional periods of their lives, leaving high school to enter adulthood. And, oh yeah, prom is kind of a big deal too.

As a sugar-coated Disney flick, Prom has a gooey cliché  center and is sprinkled with a cast of Promketeers.  The teenage stereotypes are immediately apparent, as the Prom ensemble makes the Brat Pack look well-fleshed out and thoughtful.  At best, the characters in this chaste and lackluster film vaguely hint at what real teenagers are like. Bottom line: just say ‘no’ if you get asked to this Prom.

Check out what the Cinenerd has to say about Prom. What do you think?



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“Our Family Wedding” Trailer Review: A High-Flying, Culture Clash Comedy

Our Family WeddingTrailer Review: From Director Rick Famuyiwa comes Our Family Wedding, the story of newly engaged couple, Lucia and Marcus, whose marital bliss is interrupted before it even has a chance to commence by the high-flying tempers and egos of their clashing families. This nuptial comedy stars America Ferrera, Lance Gross, Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, and Regina King.

Lucia and Marcus are young, in love, and engaged. As a twosome, they couldn’t be happier. They are about to find out, however, that when you marry someone, you tie the knot with their entire family.

After returning home from college, the happy couple invites each of their families out to dinner to announce their engagement. What should be a joyous occasion turns out to be a complete disaster as the two highly competitive alpha fathers (Mencia and Whitaker) immediately butt heads. The madcap events that ensue make it anyone’s guess as to whether Lucia and Marcus will be able to survive their engagement long enough to actually make it down the aisle.

With two overbearing dads and a wedding-planning stage-mom, the only sensible one in the mix is Marcus’ dad’s best friend, Angela, who is able to successfully keep a level head even when the you-know-what starts to hit the fan.

Our Family WeddingThe trailer for Our Family Wedding starts off by introducing the audience to both Lucia and Marcus along with each of their families. Right away, it becomes evident that these two groups of relatives are not going to be as much like peas in a pod as they are like lemon juice and paper cuts.

From the trailer, Ferrera, Gross, and King all appear very charismatic, but it is the performances made by Whitaker and Mencia, which serve as brilliant comedic foils for one another, that steal the show.

The trailer for Our Family Wedding does a superb job of setting the stage for this film to have plenty of familial strife layered with a profusion of humor and heart. And if a scene encompassing two machismo father figures dealing with a very frisky, Mexican wedding goat is any indication of this film’s level of hilarity, then audiences should be in for a real tickle-your-funny-bone kind of treat.

Check out the trailer for Our Family Wedding below. What do  you think?


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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “Scrooged”

On the ninth day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…Bill Murray and Bah, humbug!

A towhead by his lonesome

Tim Allen down the chimney

Clark W. Griswold

You’ll shoot your eye out!

Will Ferrell wearing tights

Santa on trial

Two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for Scrooged below. It may not be the most inspired rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but Murray is perfectly cast as Scrooge, the miserly smart-aleck, and the film features a number of other talented performances, including Carole Kane as an adorably vicious Ghost of Christmas Present and Bobcat Goldthwait who paints a surprisingly endearing picture of Bob Cratchit gone postal.  Scrooged may not be all that hilarious, but it is still very entertaining, and almost all Murray-driven vehicles are worth the watch.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “Home Alone”

On the eighth day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me a towhead by his lonesome

Tim Allen down the chimney

Clark W. Griswold

You’ll shoot your eye out!

Will Ferrell wearing tights

Santa on trial

Two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out of the trailer for Home Alone below. This is the tale of every elementary school kid’s anarchical dream come true – no grown-ups in sight and the freedom to scarf down buckets of ice cream and stay up past bedtime. The first half of the film dawdles along like a family of gimpy ducklings trying to the street. But thanks to the mischievous precociousness of Macaulay Culkin, life is breathed into the film, and it is able to be carried through to its rambunctious conclusion when the two bumbling burglars enter Culkin’s elaborately designed booby-trap, which is hands-down the highlight of the film.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “The Santa Clause”

On the seventh day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…Tim Allen down the chimney

Clark W. Griswold

You’ll shoot your eye out!

Will Ferrell wearing tights

Santa on trial

Two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for The Santa Clause below. From Tim “the tool man” Taylor to Kris “the sleigh man” Kringle, Tim Allen made his silver-screen debut with this festive, holiday flick. While The Santa Clause may never be revered as a timeless classic, like It’s a Wonderful Life, this Christmastime treat does bring a whole lot of charm and fun to the table, especially for the kids, as some of the film’s most endearing moments occur in its attempts to elucidate many of the more puzzling enigmas surrounding Santa Claus, such as his lactic preferences and how he manages to squeeze that plump posterior of his down the chimney.

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