Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sleeper "Bosses, " Malick on DVD

Summer Sleeper "Bosses," "Tree of Life" on DVD

Sleeper "Bosses, " Malick on DVD

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"Horrible Bosses" is one of the true sleeper hits of '11 -- Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day headlining a comedy that went on to top $100 million. They play put-upon workers who form a pact to kill each others supervisors -- Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston -- a black comedy riff on "Strangers on a Train," or, for you youngsters, "Bad Influence." The movie became notorious for Aniston's r-rated vamping as a sexual predator, but the funniest thing in it is Jame Foxx, sought by the men as a murder consultant. Not for all tastes, but there are a fair amount of twisted laughs.

On the subject of not for all tastes -- Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life," his autobiographical, visual tone poem about a Texas family in the 60s, headed by a tough-love father (Brad Pitt). It's classic Malick -- long on lyrical images, short on exposition, full of biblical allusions and meditations on God, man, life, the universe. I found it the most engaging of Malick's recent work -- "The Thin Red Line," or "The New World" -- but it will frustrate anybody looking for conventional movie storytelling. And this is one movie you want to see in a theater, if you're into Malick. 

There's also "The Green Lantern," starring Ryan Reynolds, the least successful of this year's superhero movies. I doubt it will play any better on video. 

Daily News Film Critic
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