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The sequel to Horrible Bosses is too content to rest on the first film's laurels, rather than doing anything of any real note...
It's not often that we reasonably expect a sequel to win over new converts, especially those who hated the original, and in that regard, Horrible Bosses 2 does not disappoint. By the same token, anybody who loved Horrible Bosses will probably find stuff to like here too. On the other hand, there's no way to tell how you will react if (like this reviewer) you had mostly forgotten about the original.
Director Seth Gordon and lead actors Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day enjoyed a surprise critical and commercial hit back in the summer of 2011. Their hapless Strangers On A Train-style plot to murder each other's loathsome employers won over cinemagoers, particularly with a comedic chemistry that made them something like the Three Stooges for the modern R-rated comedy audience. »
When 2011's "Horrible Bosses" came to an end, did you find yourself wondering (aloud), "What happens next?" Well, you're in luck, because this week "Horrible Bosses 2" is going to answer all of those questions (and then some).
"Horrible Bosses 2" has Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day reprising their respective roles from the first film, and this time the hapless trio gets involved in a scheme to kidnap the son (Chris Pine) of a rich entrepreneur (Christoph Waltz) who has screwed them out of a big deal. Yes, they've downgraded from murder to kidnapping. Hey, times are tough all over.
But does this sequel bring the yuks? Or should you skip this one and instead just go to town on Thanksgiving leftovers? Read on to find out!
1. There Aren't Really Any Bosses in This One
The movie is called "Horrible Bosses 2" but there aren't really any bosses, »
- Drew Taylor
Stretch I don't know what happened at Universal when it came to Joe Carnahan's Stretch, but they really decided to bury it. They didn't market it, delayed it's release date, tried to dump it, finally released it as a streaming only title and now it comes to DVD (no Blu-ray) without any notice. I didn't know it was coming out today until ten minutes before posting this article. As anyone that reads this site regularly knows, I liked this movie. It's a batsh*t fun good time, give my review a read and see if it's up your alley.
The Giver I just have no interest in this film and that's a little weird I think considering it's directed by Phillip Noyce and stars the likes of Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, but I just can't bring myself to be interested.
The November Man Remember when there was going »
- Brad Brevet
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: TAR2D2 t-shirt The Uncanny […]
- Peter Sciretta
TV ratings for Monday, November 17th are in. Here’s a brief rundown: NBC’s series premiere of State of Affairs (directed by Joe Carnahan) debuted to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 8.6 million viewers. That’s three tenths shy of last week’s episode of The Blacklist in the same timeslot. Over on Fox, a Harvey Dent-infused episode of Gotham (read Dave’s recap here) ticked up a tenth to a 2.3 rating and garnered 6.41 million viewers. Sleepy Hollow was also up a tenth from last week’s series low to a 1.6 rating and scored 4.61 million viewers. CBS’ 2 Broke Girls rose two tenths to a 2.1 rating and garnered 7.92 million viewers, while Scorpion matched last week’s 2.0 rating and hit 10.06 million viewers and NCIS: Los Angeles was up two tenths to a 1.7 rating and 8.7 million viewers. ABC’s Castle was up two tenths to a 1.8 rating and 9.38 million viewers. »
- Adam Chitwood
From writer/director/executive producer Joe Carnahan, the new NBC drama series State of Affairs follows top CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl), as she prioritizes the biggest international crises facing the country to present them in the President's Daily Briefing (Pdb). Along with that, Charlie has a close personal relationship with President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard), having once been engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. And as she delves into who’s responsible for her fiancé’s murder, the answers will reveal themselves as a shocking mystery. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Joe Carnahan talked about why he wanted to get into television, why The Blacklist (for which he is an executive producer) and State of Affairs were so appealing to him, how exciting it is to have the pairing of pairing of Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard, that they’re looking »
- Christina Radish
State of Affairs, premiering Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC, follows feisty CIA officer Charleston "Charlie" Tucker (Katherine Heigl) as she navigates her life as the president's daily briefer by day and indulgent partygoer by night — all in the wake of her fiance's murder in an ambush in Kabul three years earlier. Created by Joe Carnahan and featuring Adam Kaufman and Alfre Woodard, the series marks Heigl's first major TV role since her last Grey's Anatomy exit in 2010. In the interim, Heigl appeared in a handful of films, which found limited success. See more Broadcast TV's New Shows
- Rebecca Doyle
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"22 Jump Street"
Can Chris Miller and Phil Lord make anything entertaining? When "21 Jump Street" the movie was announced, it seemed utterly ludicrous, if not downright insulting. Yet here we are enjoying the sequel, digging on the continued doofy adventures of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum). What's next, a dazzling movie about Legos?!
"20,000 Days on Earth"
This documentary about writer and musician Nick Cave is just as weird and wonderful as its subject. It's a must-see for fans of Cave's oeuvre, but even if you don't know a Boy Next Door from a Bad Seed, you'll get a kick out of this strange film. Featuring appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Warren Ellis, and Blixa Bargeld.
"The Wind Rises"
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- Jenni Miller
Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and anytime a new show becomes a hit, you can guarantee that another network — usually several networks — will be racing to copy it. With "State of Affairs" — either the last new fall network show, or the first mid-season replacement, depending on your point of view — the question isn't whether it's imitating another show, but which one. Is it a belated attempt to do a network-friendly version of "Homeland," with a Carrie Mathison type who's reckless and emotional and has lots of sex, but who isn't certifiably crazy? Is it NBC's attempt to repeat its own success last year with "The Blacklist" (whose Monday at 10 timeslot "State of Affairs" takes over tonight), only under the mistaken belief that people are really watching for Liz and not Red? Or a bit of both? Katherine Heigl returns to TV (after an uninspired stretch of movie "romantic" "comedies") as Charleston Tucker, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ah, there’s nothing quite like coming home to relax after a hard day of work in Kabul, Afghanistan. “I finished work early today,” Katherine Heigl says. “I can sit down and watch TV because my kids are at school and my husband is off working, so I finally have a quiet house.” Kabul, in this case, is a film set in Santa Clarita, Calif., where Heigl is shooting flashback scenes for her new NBC political thriller State of Affairs (Mondays at 10pm Et/Pt beginning Nov. 17) from executive producer/director Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist). Heigl stars as Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a … Continue reading →
The post Katherine Heigl calls her “State of Affairs” role “off the rails” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
As Jaws once cleared tourist-filled beaches thanks to a Great White threat, Backcountry is certain to make outdoorsy adventurers re-think their next wilderness excursion. Yes, Backcountry is the camping equivalent to Jaws, turning a natural woodland predator into a horrific killing machine with more ferocity than the wildest creatures Hollywood has ever dreamed up.
While bear encounters probably don’t turn into a survivalist’s nightmare all that often, filmmaker Adam MacDonald channels every camper’s worst-case-scenario into a gritty, gory, tremendously tense vacation-from-hell genre experiment that puts animal attack movies back on the map. I assumed no bear-centric horror movie would top the opening scene of André Szöts’ never-completed Grizzly 2: The Predator (George Clooney, Laura Dern, Charlie Sheen – tell me you’ve seen this??), but Backcountry asserts its dominance by once again reminding humanity that Mother Nature’s untamed domain can never be accounted for – a primal realization »
- Matt Donato
Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
“Are you a firestarter?” That’s the deceptively flippant question repeatedly leveled at Patrick Wilson’s in-over-his-head limo driver by batshit billionaire client Roger Kairos (Chris Pine), who lands the poor guy – named Kevin and nicknamed Stretch – in a whole world of trouble over one crazy night during this wildly entertaining action farce (simply titled Stretch).
Although it takes a long while to figure out an answer, audiences should already know going in that there’s at least one firestarter involved in this production – director Joe Carnahan. Throughout his career, the helmer has delivered more than his fair share of stylish flicks winkingly infused with genre tropes and over-the-top, testosterone-fueled action. Whatever project he’s working on, Carnahan goes at it with equal parts intensity and intelligence. Consequently, he’s delivered an outstanding range of films, some which deal in hopped-up machismo fantasies (The A-Team) and others which work more »
- Isaac Feldberg
A longtime employee of L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema says Quentin Tarantino’s new management has forced her out and is ruining the beloved repertory theater. Julia Marchese, one of a few staffers who stayed on through Tarantino’s takeover last month, was told she would be co-manager of the New Beverly when it re-opened this month after renovations. She says this week she was demoted and unceremoniously forced to quit by Tarantino’s longtime personal assistant Julie McLean, who is now acting as General Manager.
“I went through the last six weeks really thinking Quentin was going to make it better,” Marchese told me today. “The thing that’s most shocking to me is that he’s allowing it and I can’t even talk to him about it. To not even be allowed to state my case is unfair.” She says through the Tarantino-led renovations and October 1 re-opening, »
- Jen Yamato
Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that it was shuttering plans to theatrically release "Narc" director Joe Carnahan's micro-budget comedic thriller "Stretch." It was uncertain when (and if) "Stretch" would see the light of day, with THR commenting on "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum's overstuffed "movie morgue," filled to the brim with movies that were finished but remained unseen. Now those movies are getting out there, through home video and VOD channels, for the whole world to see. They aren't exactly being released, it's more like they escaped. And the first of these movies happens to be "Stretch," a wild, wooly movie that would have been way more enjoyable stretched across an actual movie screen. In "Stretch," a never-better Patrick Wilson plays the titular hero, a failed actor and current limo driver, who has had, in the past few years, developed a problem with booze and drugs and. »
- Drew Taylor
Clint Mansell is a long ways away from his days as frontman of alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself. Since his first stab at it on Darren Aronofsky's "Pi," he has forged a singular career as a film composer, working on productions as varied as "Knockaround Guys," "Sahara," Moon" and "Stoker." But it seems whenever he comes back to the table with Aronofsky, that's when something magical happens. Mansell has worked with Aronofsky on each of the director's features — "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan" and now "Noah" — and you can tell talking to Mansell that the creative rapport they've managed to sustain is rare. Mansell is pretty straight-forward about what he wants out of this gig, and Aronofsky has always come across the same way. So it certainly makes sense that they would keep coming back to the well. We talked for »
- Kristopher Tapley
To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird
In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »
- Nicholas Bell
Bh Tilt, Blumhouse’s very new label created to distribute the production company’s distinctly not-wide-release titles is experimenting with just how they get their films out there. So far, it’s included unceremoniously bringing Stephen King adaptation Mercy, The Strangers’ director Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird, Joe Carnahan’s Stretch and office thriller Not Safe For Work to iTunes this […] »
- Samuel Zimmerman
The team behind Joe Carnahan’s action comedy Stretch are having a blast with a marketing approach that’s equally as esoteric as the movie’s content. Following on from a stream of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and the first trailer, treat yourself to a gander at the glorious red-band trailer. The normal MPAA titlecard has been scuppered in favour of a custom-made version you can see above. Beware, it’s Nsfw, or as the Stretch YouTube channel puts it: “Not appropriate for the office, depending on where you work, I guess…”
In the film, Patrick Wilson stars as a limo driver who’s up to his eyeballs in debt, so he begrudgingly takes a gig chauffeuring a wealthy chappie (Chris Pine) who turns out to be a trickier customer than he imagined. It looks like an absolute blast, cramming in a ton of one-liners, amped-up action and the charismatic Wilson. »
- Gem Seddon
An insane red-band trailer has been released for director Joe Carnahan's awesome-looking new movie Stretch. Patrick Wilson stars in the film and plays "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back."
This dark and wacky comedic adventure will not be getting a theatrical release. It was just way too over-the-top and crazy for the studio, but the movie is currently available to watch on digital outlets and VOD. So if you want to watch it right now you can!
This latest trailer embraces the red-band label and includes violence, cussing, nudity, and other weird stuff. The wildly fast-paced film co-stars Norman Reedus, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, Mindy Robinson, Randy Couture, and David Hasselhoff. »
- Joey Paur
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