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John Wick Chapter 2 – Now This Is How You Make an Action Movie!

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The first John Wick film was one of the rare action flicks to actually warrant the title film. It was mad crazy in terms of action and remarkably thorough at sketching out the world in which the characters lived and worked.

John Wick Chapter 2 expands that world in fun, messy ways and is even more propulsive than the first. I would say that it’s the rare sequel that is even better (if only marginally) than the original – it deepens every aspect of its world and character.

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Symphony of Violence: While We’re Waiting for John Wick Chapter 2!

John Wick: Chapter 2 – Keanu Reeves reprises his role as wishes-he-could-just-retire hitman, John Wick. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

While we’re waiting for John Wick Chapter 2, Lionsgate has kindly put together a supercut from John Wick – John Wick Chapter One: Symphony of Violence. It showcases some of the great action/violence from the first film set to the 1812 Overture.

Not for the faint-hearted. Check it out after the break. John Wick: Chapter 2 opens on February 10th.

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NYC 2016: Tactically Stylish Trailer: John Wick 2!

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One of the best action movies of the last half-decade, John Wick played with action movie tropes and surprisingly cool bits of world-building.

Now Wick has come back out of retirement to sort out the control of an international assassins’ guild.

Check out the stylish new trailer after the jump. I’m in!

John Wick 2 will be in theaters on February 10, 2016.

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Keanu Reeves For The Defense Trailer: The Whole Truth!

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Keanu Reeves stars as defense attorney Richard Ramsay, who has promised his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son, Mike, out prison.

Thing is, Mike is on trila for killing his father – her husband – and things may not be as they seem.

The Whole Truth also stars Renée Zellweger and will be in theaters and on VOD on October 21st. The trailer follows the break.

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John Wick: Well Worn Trope in a Fresh World!

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Why would we go to see yet another hitman comes out of retirement to wreak vengeance movie?

Because it takes the reliable (okay, maybe overused) trope and reinvigorates it with style, a degree of wit and a unique world with unusual details. Also, Keanu Reeves at his best.

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Four Posters for 47 Ronin!

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Universal has released four posters for Keanu Reeves’ 47 Ronin (above and after the jump).

The official synopsis reads, ‘From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.’

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Day The Earth Stood Still: Well Mounted But Empty

The Robert Wise film, The Day The Earth Stood Still, was a metaphor for a cold war that was threatening to go hot. The remake is an ecological horror tale – if we can’t take care of the earth, we – and everything we’ve created – will be removed.

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It seems that we are at the edge of a great precipice – not unlike the civilizations that grew on a handful of other planets out there in the universe. Klaatu [Keanu Reeves] has been sent to carry out the removal of the one major blight on the planet – us. Where the precipice comes in is when a beautiful scientist, Dr. Helen Benson [Jennifer Connelly], asks him if the other civilizations Out There had come to such a precipice and what happened.

So, despite the governments and people of Earth behaving like paranoid imbeciles – and even Helen’s stepson, Jacob [Jaden Christopher Smith] says we should kill Klaatu – even though all that violence and paranoid is only offset by a bit of Bach and the love Helen has for Jacob, Klaatu has had the answer he needed all along. It just takes one beautiful lady scientist to ask the question that shakes the answer loose. That’s drama, folks!

For the third time in three weeks, I’ve seen a film that held a certain amount of promise and discovered that promise is wonderful for trailers, but films need a bit more than that. The Day The Earth Stood Still is well made. It moves at an appropriate pace; most of the effects are quite effective; most of the cast give solid performances [Reeves is his usual Tabula Rasa self – you see what you want to see in his transparent performance… or not…], and there’s even a moral to the story.

Too bad that that the whole thing just so damned silly.

Final Grade: D