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Collateral Beauty movie review: there is no beauty in this

29 December 2016 1:59 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Appalling and sadistic. How can anyone who is not a sociopath look at this horrible attempt at feel-good fantasy and say, “This is fine, this is healthy”? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

My god, it’s like we’re living not only in the darkest timeline but in the mirror universe, the one where there is no pity or mercy and the central driving human emotion is self-serving cruelty. This holiday season, Hollywood has given us the creepy, rapey Passengers to serve as a grand romance, and it has given us the sadistic Collateral Beauty to serve as a feel-good fantasy. What has become of us? It cannot bode any good thing about the current state of humanity that the manufacturer and reflector of our sweeping cultural hopes and dreams »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Office Christmas Party movie review: messtivities

13 December 2016 2:45 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Hangover lite, with even more tepid notions of what constitutes debauchery, plus a true dedication to strained contrivance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of grossout comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You know those really dumb comedies where the only actually funny bits are the outtakes that run over the end credits, where everyone is finally on their game and the humor comes loose and fast and unconstructed, and you think, “Gee, why isn’t the whole movie like that?”? This is not the case with Office Christmas Party. Ocp — not to be confused with the evil robotics corporation in Robocop, which is more fun on a Friday after-work drinks thing than this movie — is, if I recall correctly, the first instance of end-credits clips that are as precisely forced and flat as »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Interview: Co-Directors Josh Gordon & Will Speck Invite All to ‘Office Christmas Party’

7 December 2016 11:00 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The raucous party movie has become a reliable staple in movieland, and now a production tackles the holiday soiré, and all that can go wrong. “Office Christmas Party” is co-directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who also gave us “Blades of Glory” and “The Switch.”

The story features T.J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston as the brother and sister who has inherited their father’s computer business. Miller runs the Chicago office, which is under performing. Aniston’s character wants to shut the branch down, but Miller thinks an epic holiday party will convince a potential client (Courtney B. Vance) to sign on and save the company, and enlists the aide of officemates portrayed by Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn and Kate McKinnon. The movie is filled with wild and funny takes on celebrating the holiday ritual, and shows off the city of Chicago in all of its winter glory. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Is Lacking In Love, Laughs, And Holiday Spirit

7 December 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chicago’s hottest club is a midtown tech company called Zenotek Data Storage Systems, and it has everything: Santa Claus sitting on the Iron Throne, Kate McKinnon playing a flatulent Hr lady, and — most importantly — a lethal dose of Baniston (that’s that thing where Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston exhume the toxic non-chemistry they’ve already brought to four other, even more excruciating comedies). 50 times longer than the unrelated “SNL” sketch of the same name and somehow featuring half as many laughs, “Office Christmas Party” is the perfect holiday movie for that one dude at your job who still quotes “Wedding Crashers” every time you’re forced to interact with him, screaming “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!” in a crowded elevator that’s filled with strangers who work on other floors. You know who I’m talking about.

This is a studio comedy on auto-pilot, »

- David Ehrlich

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Film Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’

7 December 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though everything from the marketing campaign to the movie’s title might lead you to think otherwise, “Office Christmas Party” turns out to be the story of how a company called Zenotek hatched the most significant advance in internet technology of the new millennium. As such, the movie is dealing with either far too much plot or not nearly enough, since all those who buy tickets no doubt think they’re about to witness the rowdiest holiday party this side of “Die Hard” — and would have been content with the Hr director dropping cocaine in the snow machine, T.J. Miller emceeing inappropriate holiday raps, and random employees making photocopies of their butts.

In other words, nobody cares what the folks at Zenotek do for a living, and even if their jobs wind up revolutionizing the way human beings use the internet, every second spent trying to justify the company’s »

- Peter Debruge

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'Office Christmas Party': Film Review

7 December 2016 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Call it a sign of the times or a sign of the movie’s lump-of-coal sensibility, but in the third feature from writer-directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the Christmas miracle is — drumroll, please — internet connectivity. That might have packed a zeitgeist punch, but Office Christmas Party hasn’t the slightest satiric edge. Pitting a big-hearted boss against his Scrooge of a sister, it’s a frenetic grab bag of strained shtick, however expertly delivered by ace comic performers.

The film — which reteams Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, stars of the filmmakers’ second outing, The Switch — offers none of »

- Sheri Linden

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Office Christmas Party review

6 December 2016 10:40 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ensemble festive comedy Office Christmas Party stars Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston and 40 minutes of good material...

You sit through a lot of middling comedies in this racket, and I find it more interesting to read the audience than the film a lot of the time. Earlier this year The Boss was a good example of when a failure to establish character and grab a couple of big laughs early on leads to a quick death, and you could hear how no one felt up for laughing at some great stuff that came later, because they knew the rest of the room was staying quiet. Office Christmas Party is far better than that, but there came a point, about 40 minutes in, when the room decided: nah, no sale.

And yet all the ingredients are there: it’s an original property with built-in sequel potential, a cast full of all »

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Office Christmas Party Trailer #3 Takes Holiday Hijinks to Insane Levels

3 December 2016 1:31 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Still on the fence about spending the holidays with Office Christmas Party? Perhaps you won't be after you get a taste of the new trailer, which Paramount Pictures just dropped on their Youtube channel. It comes packing some surprise gifts of laughter and a few killer one-liners, along with what could be described as the greatest wipeout ever.

Also, Tj Miller is seen renting babies. Bad Santa 2 proved to be a huge letdown for comedy fans over the Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps this movie will get everyone in better spirits. In Office Christmas Party, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

These guys are going to Party like thier job depends on it. Office Christmas Party »

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Jennifer Aniston on Starring with Jason Bateman for the Fifth Time: ‘He’s Like Family’

11 November 2016 11:57 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman join forces for the fifth time in their new comedy Office Christmas Party.

The film, which also stars T.J. Miller, Courtney B. VanceKate McKinnon and Olivia Munn, hits theaters Dec. 9, and Aniston tells People going to set everyday with such a funny group was “like a vitamin push.”

“The best part about this film was being part of an ensemble again and working with those incredible actors and comedians,” she says.

Aniston, 47, who has previously worked with Bateman, 47, on The Switch, The Break-Up, Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2, says he is “like family »

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New 'Office Christmas Party' Trailer Promises The Craziest Party Ever

3 November 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

There are basically two ways a movie called Office Christmas Party can go. Either it's a lowkey, dry Sundance dramedy about someone's mundane life spiraling out of control after they experience yet another boring holiday party at their dead end job. Or it's a raunchy comedy about the most outrageous company party ever. Guess which route the new movie from the directors of The Switch and Blades of Glory took? Featuring a ridiculous cast that includes Jason Bateman, Jennifer AnistonT.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Rob Corddry, Randall Park, Jamie Chung, Abbey Lee and Courtney B. Vance, Office Christmas Party is a raunchy, R-rated comedy about a couple of employees who go for broke and through a raging shindig at their office. They're not actually...

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- Peter Hall

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Office Christmas Party Trailer #2: Aniston and Bateman Throw One Big Bash

3 November 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the first trailer that debuted back in July, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the second trailer for Office Christmas Party. The studio has also unveiled three character posters featuring Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller, Courtney B. Vance, Kate McKinnon and Rob Corddry. This comedy could certainly shake things up at the box office next month, as the only wide release opening on December 9, one week before LucasFilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Jennifer Aniston stars in Office Christmas Party as the CEO of a company who tries to close her hard-partying brother's (Jason Bateman) branch. This leads the brother and his Chief Technical Officer to rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. Both Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman lead a diverse cast of comedy and action all-stars, who can be »

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Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman Reunite in ‘Office Christmas Party’ Trailer (Watch)

3 November 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Switch” and “Horrible Bosses” alums Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman reunite for one last bash in the new trailer for “Office Christmas Party,” released Thursday.

In the trailer, Aniston plays T.J. Miller’s wet blanket sister and company CEO who is not enthusiastic about the office’s holiday party. But the party goes on nonetheless.

“Tonight, the decisions you make with have consequences that will haunt you for the rest of your professional lives,” Kate McKinnon’s character says over a loudspeaker.

While Aniston’s character is stuck in a Chicago snowstorm, Miller, dressed as Santa Claus, sleds down the office stairs, plowing into a nativity scene. That’s just one of the movie’s many mayhem moments. Others include watercoolers filled with booze, flaming Christmas trees, swinging from Christmas lights, and of course, reindeer.

The big-screen comedy co-stars Aniston and Bateman alongside recent Emmy winners McKinnon and Courtney B. Vance, »

- Arya Roshanian

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Office Christmas Party Clips Get Naughty with Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon

17 October 2016 1:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The holiday season is when studios release their big awards contenders, but it's also a great time for an all-star comedy. This year, fans looking for some relief this Christmas can count on Paramount's Office Christmas Party, which looks like a wild time. Today, we have four clips from this outrageous laugh-fest. These new scenes arrive to celebrate National Boss's Day, offering never-before-seen footage from the December 9 release.

Jennifer Aniston stars in Office Christmas Party as the CEO of a company who tries to close her hard-partying brother's (Jason Bateman) branch. This leads the brother and his Chief Technical Officer to rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. Both Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman lead a diverse cast of comedy and action all-stars, who can be seen in these clips from Paramount Pictures. »

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Office Christmas Party Trailer Gets Wild with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston

26 July 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After starring in The Switch, Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2 together, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston return to the big screen, but this time as rival siblings in Office Christmas Party. Today we have the first trailer and photos from this new comedy, arriving in theaters December 9, which could give people some crazy ideas about their own holiday parties. After watching the footage below, all we can hope for is that any party inspired by this movie doesn't get too out of hand.

In Office Christmas Party, Jennifer Aniston stars as the CEO of a company, who tries to close her hard-partying brother's (Jason Bateman) branch. This leads the brother and his Chief Technical Officer to rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. Both Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman »

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‘Office Christmas Party’ Trailer: Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman & More Go Wild For The Holidays

26 July 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Christmas is a time for good cheer and family gatherings, but it’s also a time to get drunk and cause crazy shenanigans. Such is the basis for the new wacky comedy “Office Christmas Party,” which boasts a murderer’s row of comedy stars and promises outrageous fun. The film follows CEO Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) as she tries to close down the branch run by her hard-partying brother Clay (T.J. Miller). In an effort to save their jobs, Clay and his Cto (Jason Bateman) rally their co-workers for an epic office Christmas party in order to impress a potential client, but of course, everything goes awry.

Watch the trailer for the film below.

Read More: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller & Kate McKinnon Will Have An ‘Office Christmas Party

The film is directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who previously directed the smash comedy “Blades of Glory,” starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Office Christmas Party’ Trailer: Xeroxing Your Butt Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 10

26 July 2016 9:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Josh Gordon and Will Speck are the directors behind comedies Blades Of Glory and The Switch, and now comes their Office Christmas Party from DreamWorks and Paramount. The first trailer hit today, showcasing a killer comedic cast that seems to have been given carte blanche here, which is promising. Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Tj Miller and Rob Corddry star — and that’s not even everybody (Veep‘s Sam Richardson as a DJ already is funny). The plot… »

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Bellissima! Jennifer Aniston Looks Chic in Black as She's Honored at Italian Film Festival

23 July 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Aniston's iconic roles have landed her an honor on the Amalfi Coast! The actress was honored at the 46th Annual Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, where she talked about her career with the festival's jurors on Saturday. She accepted the honor wearing a midi black dress and bright red heels. "Beloved by an entire generation who grew up watching her play Rachel Green in the celebrated television series Friends (1994-2004), Aniston will discuss her inspirational career with the biggest and most diverse jury of youth in the world," the festival organizers said in a press release on their website. »

- Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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Bellissima! Jennifer Aniston Looks Chic in Black as She's Honored at Italian Film Festival

23 July 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Aniston's iconic roles have landed her an honor on the Amalfi Coast! The actress was honored at the 46th Annual Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, where she talked about her career with the festival's jurors on Saturday. She accepted the honor wearing a midi black dress and bright red heels. "Beloved by an entire generation who grew up watching her play Rachel Green in the celebrated television series Friends (1994-2004), Aniston will discuss her inspirational career with the biggest and most diverse jury of youth in the world," the festival organizers said in a press release on their website. »

- Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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'This Is What's Beautiful, This Is You': Jennifer Aniston's Most Inspiring Quotes About Empowerment and Self-Worth

13 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Aniston had fans applauding on Tuesday for the essay she penned addressing false pregnancy rumors. Not only did she explain that we wasn't pregnant, but the Friends alum expressed her dismay at how women are judged for their marital and maternal status. "We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child," Aniston, 47, wrote. "We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone." This isn't the first time Aniston has spoken out about empowerment and standing up for one's self. Check out some »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Aniston, Bateman Team For "Significant"

8 March 2016 6:26 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Horrible Bosses" and "The Switch" co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman will re-team for the upcoming comedy "Significant Other" at Stx Entertainment.

Andrea Seigel penned the script which centers on rising businesswoman (Aniston) in the final stages of being recruited for a major CEO position. Before she gets the job though, her company wants to meet and vet her partner - an unpolished stay-at-home husband (Bateman).

Bateman is reportedly looking direct the film which his Aggregate Films and her Echo Films would produce. The pair are currently working together on the holiday comedy "Office Christmas Party".

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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