Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day | R |
It's best that Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) really want to keep their day jobs, because they suck at homicide. Granted, their killer instinct is justifiable. Dale's boss Julia (Jennifer Aniston) is a nasty man-eater. Kurt reports to coked-up cretin Bobby (Colin Farrell, stealing all his scenes). And poor Nick? His boss is played by Kevin Spacey, a consummate pro at portraying entitled, strangle-worthy maggots. So we can't blame the guys for hiring a "murder consultant" (Jamie Foxx, great in a small role)-kicking off a solidly funny film that's adult but not Hangover-level raunchy. Day is winning as Dale, soft in the heart and the head, while Sudeikis camps it up as an overgrown frat boy and Bateman plays the straight man. A few plot surprises keep Horrible Bosses from being totally predictable, but the movie's neatest trick is that it actually answers the pertinent question: Why don't these guys just quit?
Nim Chimpsky | PG-13 |
You expect a chimp to act like an animal, but what's the humans' excuse? Born in 1973 and torn from his mother at two weeks, Nim was a celebrity and a science experiment. He was raised like a human (even breast-fed by one), taught sign language, then abandoned by nearly everyone. Director James Marsh (Man on Wire) delivers a terrifically engrossing documentary of Nim's life, with tons of footage and candid talks with those who cared for Nim. How much they cared, though, is debatable.
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ON TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON'S GRUELING SHOOT
I remember looking down at my legs, and I was completely covered in bruises. I was like, "I don't know if my legs are ever going to be normal again." But I'm fine. I'm a tomboy and I love the action stuff.
ON TAKING ADVICE FROM BOYFRIEND JASON STATHAM
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ON COSTAR SHIA LABEOUF
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ON REPLACING MEGAN FOX
She's, like, the hottest woman in the world, so I'm glad to be compared to her any day.
ON GETTING TEASED FOR HER LIPS
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