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The Raid 2: Elegance and Explosive Violence!

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The Raid 2 finds rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) back undercover, but the plot twists and turns are almost an afterthought – something to hang a series of extended action sequences on. Writer/director/editor Gareth Evans provides all the gritty, nasty action you could hope for (and more – The Raid 2 is two-and-a-half hours long) with elegant moments of silence and (very) dark humor.

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Bad Words–Not Bad, Not Bad At All!

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The primary draw for Bad Words is seeing Jason Bateman veer from his usual roles as decent Everyman types in favor of a potty-mouthed jackass. That works for a while, but gets old pretty quickly. Then it tries to shifts gear and goes for the feel good ending – without having its lead change too drastically. Mostly, it works.

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Enemy’s Tangled Web Scares, Provokes!

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Denis Villeneuve’s new film, Enemy, was actually filmed before last year’s Prisoners and – other than sustaining a single, predominant mood – has nothing in common with it except for the presence of Jake Gyllenhaal. Whatever commerciality Prisoners might have had is also absent here – unless commercial has suddenly become a synonym for intelligent, thoughtful, and simultaneously weird and deliberate.

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Early Review: No Clue – The Corner Gas Guy Goes Soft-Boiled Detective!

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Although no release date has been set for the U.S., No Clue will undoubtedly be of interest because of the success of Brett Butt’s long-running half-hour comedy series, Corner Gas. Like Corner Gas, No Clue takes a genre (small town life for Corner Gas; hard-boiled detective mystery for No Clue) and tailors it to the low-key presence of writer/star Butt.

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Syfy Acquires Bitten–Werewolf Drama Based on Bestselling Book Series!

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Syfy has acquired Bitten, a different kind of werewolf series – based on the Women of the Otherworld series of novels by New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.  The series stars Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V) as Elena, the only female werewolf in the world – who has fled her Pack and the man who turned her to become a photographer in New York City. When bodies start piling up in her Pack’s backyard, she finds herself in the last place she wanted to be.

Bitten 13-episode first season will premiere on Syfy in 2014. The series is produced by Canada’s Entertainment One (eOne).

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Really Hot Trailer: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Summer is coming – you can tell from all the teasers and trailers coming out. I’m expecting The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – first in a potential franchise, based on an extremely good series of novels by Cassandra Clare – to be one of the good ones.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is scheduled for an August 23rd release.

Femme Fatales: Season One of Cinemax’s Noir Anthology Series Comes to Home Video!

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Before Cinemax had hits with the action series Strike Back, or the high concept crime series Banshee, it took its first really solid steps into the world of original programming with Femme Fatales – a series that combined sex, violence and twists in a way that deliberately called to mind the noir B-movies of the fifties. To date, the series has run for two seasons, with the first season now available on DVD – and it’s actually pretty good.

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