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Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

Director: Don Scardino.

Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Bully Herbig.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

SynopsisAfter spending years at the top of their game on the Las Vegas strip, childhood friends Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are losing their audience to outrageous street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). With the help of their assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde), the duo search for the ultimate illusion to win over a new generation of fans.

Having directed nearly forty episodes of 30 Rock, Don Scardino is no stranger to offbeat comedy, but The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a refreshing surprise for an audience who have become increasingly comfortable amongst the current run of Apatow-schtick. Penned by two of the writers behind Horrible Bosses, there are some thigh slapping one-liners, but the film is all the richer for not completely saturating itself with jokes, instead becoming a master class in how to keep repeated gags consistently funny amidst cameos and satirical jabs. Continue reading

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Review: Horrible Bosses (2011)

DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon.

CAST: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, Lindsay Sloane, Julie Bowen, P.J. Byrne, Celia Finkelstein, Ioan Gruffudd.

SYNOPSIS: Nick (Bateman) hates his boss for making him work sunrise to sunset with no reward. Kurt (Sudeikis) hates his boss for being a coked-out idiot who has no interest in the company aside from the financial reward. Dale (Day) hates his boss for being a borderline rapist when he’s about to get married. A drunken conversation between the three of them leads to the hiring of a hit man (Foxx) to ensure an easy working environment. But things are never that straightforward.

Horrible Bosses is undoubtedly a massive step forward for director Seth Gordon, with his previous work on American TV shows The Office, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation showcasing his effortless capability of working with the current Hollywood darlings usually favoured by a certain Judd Apatow. Although the first half of the film may feel like a rehearsal to the better-paced and more enjoyable second half, this film is far from predictable with a wonderfully natural chemistry between the three male leads. Continue reading