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The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer


Lloyd is a young ninja still in high school who is trained alongside five other martial arts experts named Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya by the master warrior Master Wu. While by day they are faced with the evils of teenage life, by night they are death-defying heroes whose job it is to take down all manner of enemies with the help of a few state-of-the-art machines. They and the people of their island Ninjago face a terrible threat in the form of the war-mongering villain Garmadon - who also happens to be Lloyd's father. It's safe to say their relationship is a tense one. He wants revenge on Wu, who is actually Lloyd's uncle, but for what we are yet to discover...

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It's Ride Or Die For Dax Shepard In Comedy Adaptation Of 'CHIPS'


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Dax Shepard has returned to the director's (and writer's) chair with a new comedy project entitled 'CHIPS', which he has adapted from the original 70s cop series of the same name. The trailer sees him also starring in the movie alongside Michael Peña, who both play two motorcycle cops trying to take down a crooked officer.

Dax Shepard in 'CHIPS'Dax Shepard stars in 'CHIPS'

Shepard has adapted Rick Rosner's original NBC show 'ChiPs' (which ran between 1977 and 1983) into a movie with the same two lead characters: Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello and Jon Baker (originally played by Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox respectively). However, there's a slightly different premise when it comes to uniting this comedic duo.

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Dax Shepard and Michael Pena at the 2017 People's Choice Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th January 2017

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Chips Trailer


Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello is the alter-ego of a barely capable undercover FBI agent who has been put on a new case to uncover the identity of the crooked cop within the California Highway Patrol. He teams alongside the CHiP's newest recruit Jon Baker but, unfortunately, as motorcycle cops it's not quite 'ride or die' for these guys, more like 'ride and die' the rate that they're going. Jon has had numerous accidents on the bike, while Ponch is frequently distracted by both women and other men's masculinity, so neither of them are best equipped for the job at hand. This becomes even more apparent when they are faced with a villainous former police officer named Vic Brown and his band of miscreant hitmen, and they start to wonder if perhaps they've bitten off more than they can chew.

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Collateral Beauty Review

OK

Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in danger of tipping over into extreme sentimentality, and this one very quickly gets bogged down in buckets of syrup. It's a slickly made movie with a first-rate cast, but occasional glimpses of gritty honesty aren't quite enough to counteract sudsy philosophising that sounds profound but is actually rather shallow.

It's set in New York, where advertising company owner Howard (Will Smith) is still lost in grief six months after the death of his 6-year-old daughter. And his business partners are worried that the company is falling apart as a result. In desperation, best pal Whit (Edward Norton), protege Claire (Kate Winslet) and rising-star Simon (Michael Pena) hire a private detective (Ann Dowd) to determine Howard's mental fitness to run the company. They also hire three actors to confront him as Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren), abstract concepts he's obsessed with. But they don't know that Howard is also considering attending a grief counselling meeting run by Madeleine (Naomie Harris).

Directed with a magical sheen by David Frankel (Hope Springs) and written to within an inch of its life by Allan Loeb (The Switch), there's nothing about this film that doesn't feel contrived and controlled. In addition to their scenes with Howard, each of the three actors has an impact on the colleague who needs their specific gifts. And there are a number of revelations and twists that feel annoyingly hokey. Even so, the cast is strong enough to add moments of lightness that lift the movie briefly out of the sludge. Mirren, Knightley and Latimore have a sparky edge as the story's catalysts. While Norton, Winslet and Pena bring some raw, honest emotion to their own personal dramas.

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Michael Pena Was Kept On His Toes While Making War On Everyone


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The film is a messy crime comedy about criminals and corrupt cops in the American Southwest, and Michael Peña plays a particularly nasty policeman in Alburqueque. He laughs when asked about the dodgy morality of his character. "People will be offended if they don't realise we're taking the p**s," Peña says.

Michael Pena and his co-star Alexander Skarsgard in War On EveryoneMichael Pena Was Kept On His Toes While Making War On Everyone

The actor has enjoyed taking a wide range of movie roles over the past few years, from Fury to Ant-Man to The Martian. "A film has to entertain me, it has to make me see things in a different way," he says. "Or it has to have great dialogue or great set pieces or different gags,or the chance to work with someone."

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Michael Pena at the UK Premiere of 'War on Everyone' held at Picturehouse Central, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 29th September 2016

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Theo James, Michael Pena, John Michael Mcdonagh and Alexander Skarsgard
Theo James, Michael Pena, John Michael Mcdonagh and Alexander Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James, Michael Pena and John Michael Mcdonagh
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Collateral Beauty Trailer


Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love, wish we had more time and we fear death. Howard Inlet was once one of New York's most sought after advertising exec's but after suffering a great personal loss, his life has been left in ruins.

Now all his friends can do is look on and see a man who once loved life now living each day wishing the end would come. To help deal with his grief, Howard writes letters to 'time', 'love' and 'death' in the hope that he'll eventually understand why he has lost so much. With a little help from his friends, Howard finds himself actually receiving answers to some of the questions he asks in his letters and hopefully finds a way to live beyond just existing.

Collateral Beauty is directed by David Frankel with a screenplay written by Allan Loeb.

War On Everyone Trailer


Terry Monroe and Bob Bolaño are cops who seek their own form of justice. If a criminal is making money from some illegal scheme, they the ones who will be taking at least part of the cash. Their boss is used to them coming up against various allegations such as corruption and assault but so far they've always managed to keep their badges.

Their home town of New Mexico is also home to their new target but it quickly becomes apparent that the officers might be out of their league. When the local race track is robbed, three of the robbers are found dead but the driver makes a get away with the substantial loot. Terry and Bob begin their usual undercover lines of questioning and they find out that the heist was arranged by a British man names James Mangan. Now the search is on for them to find Mangan - and more importantly the cash he stole - before he makes a getaway or the straight cops on the force find and arrest him.

War On Everyone is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh

Michael Pena - Los Angeles premiere of 'The Good Dinosaur' at the El Capitan Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th November 2015

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The Vatican Tapes Review

Good

With its above-average cast and a gritty, realistic tone, this exorcism thriller is a lot more involving than most. Not only is it packed with demonic mayhem, but the complex characters make the drama much punchier, setting up the audience for several big jolts. Even so, the plot builds slowly, finally reaching its most intriguing twist right at the very end, so the credits start rolling just as things get properly riveting.

The title refers to a secret archive under the Vatican run by Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) and his assistant Imani (Djimon Hounsou). It contains files and lots of tapes of demonic possession, including scenes of 30-year-old Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley). She has a happy life with her cute boyfriend Pete (John Patrick Amedori) and tough-but-kind dad Roger (Dougray Scott), but starts acting a bit strange whenever a raven is nearby. As her behaviour gets more erratic, she is assisted by Father Lozano (Michael Pena), who takes a personal interest in her case. But things spiral far beyond Lozano's expertise, so he calls the Vatican for help. And when Bruun arrives in America to meet Angela in person, he's unnerved to discover that this might not be a demon: she could be the Antichrist.

The screenplay cleverly weaves in news reports and current events to make everything that happens feel grounded in real life. As it continues, the biblical and fantastical flourishes intriguingly fit into this context, while director Mark Neveldine delays tipping over into effects-based action until the final act. This means that the film quietly unnerves the audience from the start, using CCTV footage and some enjoyably scary touches that add to the atmosphere. As a result, the actors are able to flesh out their characters. Dudley gives Angela a strong personality that lingers even after the presence inside her starts to take over. As the three priests, Pena, Andersson and Hounsou don't have much to do, but they add subtle details to their scenes.

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The Martian Review

Excellent

Just as people began to write off veteran director Ridley Scott after a series of merely OK movies, the 77-year-old casually releases his most entertaining film in years. This sci-fi adventure is lithe, humorous, thrilling and genuinely moving. In other words, it's one of Scott's best films, mixing eye-catching visuals with a story that resonates with both emotion and deeper meaning. And it's also a lot of fun.

In the very near future, the first manned mission to Mars is caught off guard by a sudden storm. With their ship in danger, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) orders the crew to evacuate, but in the chaos botanist Watney (Matt Damon) is knocked away and presumed dead. As Lewis and her team (Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Aksel Hennie) begin the long trek back to Earth, Watney wakes up alone on Mars and understands that he will need to survive until the next mission arrives in four years' time. But his habitat is only designed to last for 30 days, so he has a lot of work to do. Eventually, he thinks of a way to get a message back home to Nasa, letting them know he's alive. Now the experts (including Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig) must figure out a way to rescue him before he runs out of food and water.

The story plays out on three fronts: with Watney using his expertise to survive, Lewis and her crew on their long journey back home, and the Nasa officials mounting a rescue mission. All three plot-strands are riveting, using convincing science to explore the conundrum while cranking up the emotional urgency of the situation. Intriguingly, the script never gives Watney a family back on Earth to sentimentalise things; the film simply doesn't need that. And Damon more than holds the audience's sympathy. He's funny, smart, tenacious and thoroughly identifiable, the kind of person we wish we would be in the same situation.

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The Martian - Clips


In these faux featurettes, the crew of Ares 3 talk us through some of the procedures and practices they must go through before embarking on their perilous mission to Mars. The small team of astronauts are put through rigorous training and exercise programs to make sure they're both mentally and physically fit for the mission.

The team also talk about how they will actually get to Mars and show you around their ship.

Matt Damon leads the cast in The Martian, he plays astronaut Mark Watney who specialises in botany and mechanical engineering. The story follows his struggle to survive as he becomes deserted on Mars after a near fatal accident.

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Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer - Michael Peña is visited on the set of 'Ant Man' by his wife Brie Shaffer and their son Roman Peña, while filming re-shoots with co-star Paul Rudd - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 9th April 2015

Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer
Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer
Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer
Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer
Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer
Michael Peña, Roman Peña and Brie Shaffer

Michael Pena Thursday 20th September 2012 Opening night of the Off-Broadway play 'If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet' at the Laura Pels Theatre - Arrivals

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer

The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer

Lloyd is a young ninja still in high school who is trained alongside five other...

Chips Trailer

Chips Trailer

Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello is the alter-ego of a barely capable undercover FBI agent who has...

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Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in...

Collateral Beauty Trailer

Collateral Beauty Trailer

Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love,...

War On Everyone Trailer

War On Everyone Trailer

Terry Monroe and Bob Bolaño are cops who seek their own form of justice. If...

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The Vatican Tapes Movie Review

The Vatican Tapes Movie Review

With its above-average cast and a gritty, realistic tone, this exorcism thriller is a lot...

The Martian Movie Review

The Martian Movie Review

Just as people began to write off veteran director Ridley Scott after a series of...

The Martian - Clips Trailer

The Martian - Clips Trailer

In these faux featurettes, the crew of Ares 3 talk us through some of the...

Ant-Man Movie Review

Ant-Man Movie Review

The increasingly stale Marvel formula gets a blast of fresh air in this rollocking adventure...

The Martian - International Trailer

The Martian - International Trailer

Mark Watney is an astronaut whose resourceful and determined personality is the only thing he...

Vacation - Full Trailer

Vacation - Full Trailer

What's more important than family? For the Griswold family, nothing. Rusty (Ed Helms) decides that...

Vacation - Red Band Teaser Trailer

Vacation - Red Band Teaser Trailer

WARNING THIS IS THE RED BAND TRAILER.The Griswolds return to Walley World - only this...

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