Office Christmas Party

Box office silliness led by Jason Bateman’s long-suffering everyman – I was a bit surprised at just *how* ridiculous the plot of this would get, although it seemed proportionate given the presence of TJ Miller, playing… well, TJ Miller. 👍

How to Be Single

I think we ought to chalk this one up to “Jason trying new things”. And gloss over the fact that it turned out I’d seen it before. Kind of like a Love Actually for millennials… except in this one not everyone’s white. 👎

Deadpool 2

The one obvious exception to my antipathy towards the comic book superhero genre – the wisecracking, convention-busting maniac in the red spandex. And it’s also really, really dark in parts. But the good news is that the sequel’s on par with the original film. Not the hero we need, but …

Bridget Christie: Stand Up For Her

I think Bridget Christie’s wonderful, and ridiculous – and this was the first full show of hers I’d ever seen, outside of the circuit piece she used to do dressed as an ant. Excellent feminist material without – I think – pandering to women only, or too much man-bashing. Intelligent …

I Feel Pretty

(Is it a bad sign that I had to google this to remember what it was?) If anyone else was to float me the concept of seeing a comedy about head injuries & body positivity I’d probably make you a directional recommendation, however the ace in the hole here is …

Like Father

Oh god, this is that one where the hypercompetitive careerwoman gets pissed and ends up on a honeymoon cruise with her estranged father, isn’t it…  You can pretty much guess the rest from there. I think we watched this because it had Kristen Bell in the lead, and it really …

The Internship

Should’ve been called “The Internshit”. Charmless hack where a couple of sales veterans stumble into a Google internship competition and struggle along, occasionally getting payoff from their balls-out bullshitting ways over the introverted nerdiness of their colleagues. Predictable rubbish with any redemption arcs in the script being overshadowed by the …

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

We chose this totally at random off Netflix without having heard or read anything about it, purely on the strength of it having Frances McDormand in the lead role.  Captivating film with some great performances, in a sort of Coen-esque story replete with moral ambiguity and people doing the best …

Death of Stalin

I really, really wanted to like this – Armando Ianucci at the helm, and Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin & other legends in the cast – but I couldn’t get behind the humour, and wasn’t well-heeled enough in the historical context to get it from that side either.  Perhaps another case …

Game Night

Silly & implausible fun about a couple and their friends who hyper-competitively play board games, and a oneupmanship prank that goes awry turning it into high adventure. Jason Bateman’s everyman is played with an almost Leslie Nielsen degree of straight-down-the-lineness inviting the massive amount of suspension of disbelief that this …