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

John Wick Chapter 2 — John Wick (Keanu Reeves) Photo by Niko Tavernise/Summit Entertainment/eOne

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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La La Land Rejuvenates Movie Musicals!

La La Land – Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment/eOne

La La Land is a strange beast – influenced equally by Hollywood musicals like Singing in the Rain (to which there is a fun reference) and Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – that is something more than mere colorful fun.

Damien Chazelle’s second film is the story of two struggling artists – jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and wannabe actor Mia (Emma Stone) – who don’t exactly meet cute, then do before going on to have a very real relationship (cleverly camouflaged as piece of fluff musical).

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Mechanic: Resurrection – Fun Action Flick Proves You Don’t Need a $200 Million Mission: Impossible Budget!

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Mechanic: Resurrection – Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham). )Photo by Daniel Smith/Courtesy of Summit Entertainment)

Mission: Resurrection stars Jason Statham, returning as Arthur Bishop, an assassin whose specialty was making his kills look like an accident. At the end of Mechanic, he had faked his own death so that he could retire in peace.

Unfortunately, a man from his past has found him and wants him to kill three people – making the kills look like accidents, of course – or a woman he knows, and the Cambodian children she cares for, will be sold into slavery.

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Emma Stone Sings Trailer: La La Land

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La La Land – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (Photo: Summit Entertainment/eOne)

We’ve heard Ryan Gosling sing in the first teaser for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land so it’s only fair that co-star Emma Stone should be given the opportunity to reply.

The second teaser for the film just makes sense – and adds a little more insight into what the film will be (a Hollywood musical, but not quite). Check it out after the break.

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land will be in theaters on December 16th.

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Opposite Day Trailer: La La Land!

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When Damien Chazelle was asked how he planned to follow up his brilliant debut feature, whiplash, he said he’d like to do a musical.

He wasn’t lying.

Check out the trailer Chazelle’s second feature, La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, after the break. It’s incredibly charming. La La Land opens on December 16th.

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Running In Place; Jumping Up and Down; Standing Still!

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I enjoyed the first two movies in the Divergent series – enough to give them both a B grade. The characters were riffs on ones we’d seen before, but Shailene Woodley and Theo James brought substantially more to them than the scripts might have indicated.

Now comes Allegiant – third in the series and part one of the two-part elongation of the third book in the YA trilogy. Although it introduces a new villain – and suggests that, like in The Hunger Games: Mockingbird Part 2, a once apparently decent character gives in to the temptation of power – the whole thing feels like it never really goes anywhere.

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Beneath the Surface Trailer: Now You See Me 2!

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The Four Horsemen are back!

As you may recall, I loved the first movie and the second one seems to be suggesting that the imprisoned Thaddeus Bradley might be avenging his jailing at the hands of the four magicians, which makes me very curious (if maybe a bit less enthusiastic).

The international trailer is a zippy, flashy thing that captures the spirit and momentum of the original movie, but I have to say that I wish Isla Fisher had agreed to be in it (I love Lizzy Caplan, so I’m open to the possibilities).

Even with that one major change, though, Now You See Me 2 looks like a lot of fun. Check out the trailer after the break. Now You See Me 2 opens on June 10th.

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Heights Clip: The Divergent Series: Allegiant!

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Tris and Four have to really work hard to get a few moments of privacy in The Divergent Series: Allegiant – the third of four movies in the series.

Check out a new clip following the jump. The Divergent Series: Allegiant opens on March 18th.

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Heaven at War Trailer: Gods of Egypt!

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A mortal thief and the Egyptian god Horus fight to overthrow the tyranny of Set, the god of darkness.

Gods of Egypt comes from the director of The Crow and Dark City, Alex Proyas. The trailer is a lot of fun. Check it out after the jump. Gods of Egypt premieres on February 26, 2016.

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