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Directors: Josh Gordon and Will Speck Starring: TJ Miller, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Anniston Running Time: 105 minutes


It is hard to muster much enthusiasm for the latest festive themed comedy, Office Christmas Party. With the stench of Bad Santa 2 still lingering, another trip to the dark side of Christmas does not seem so appealing. There is of course hope, with the film’s cast stacked to the rafters with reliable faces (Jason Bateman, Jenifer Aniston) and padded out with a seemingly endless list of recognizable comedy actors, Office Christmas Party, from the creative team behind Blades of Glory and The Hangover could at the very least deliver on the raunchy, rambunctious and wild antics promised in the trailer.  All the boxes are ticked in the 90 min run-time: drug use, profanity, alcohol, Christmas tree jousting…yet despite a game supporting cast and some enthusiastic direction, it all feels a bit aimless, safe and not particularly exceptional.

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Christmas time is upon us now and for many (certainly for this website with the word ‘film’ in its title), Christmas is a time for movies. Whether that means catching Back to the Future halfway through on RTÉ for the seventeenth year in a row or popping in your Home Alone DVD to watch while you’re wrapping presents, everyone has their own traditions and favourites. For anyone looking for some suggestions for what to watch this Christmas, some of the Film In Dublin team have put together some personal picks for you, complete with clips (some of which are NSFW, just so you know). Christmas classics can vary greatly from person to person and we’d love to know some of our readers personal favourites, so feel free to let us know.

 

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Dublin’s top purrveyors (that’s the last one, promise) of ‘Midnight Movies’ – cinema best seen after dark with a few tall glasses of water – Hollywood Babylon have announced their selection for their Christmas Party showing. For anyone who’d like to see something other than Elf this Christmas, or something other than Elf five times this Christmas, they will be screening Batman Returns at the Light House Cinema.

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