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Dax Shepard Michael Pena Discuss Modernising A Classic


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While the new film Chips uses the title and characters from the iconic 1977-1983 TV series, writer-director-star Dax Shepard says that being faithful to the show wasn't his main goal. "I'm always looking to do something with action - specifically motor sports action - and comedy," he says. "And this was a show that was centred around two heroes on motorcycles. So to me, it was a lay-up as far as getting to do both things!"

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He dove in with gusto to make the film. "Every day we blew something up or had a motorcycle crash," he says. "A lot of action-comedies are comedies with just a splash of action, so this is a bit of a throwback where the humour comes from the action. I'd like there to be 20 movies a year like Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon."

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Chips Review

Terrible

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the 1977-1983 beloved hit TV series. Firstly, the film ignores the capitalisation that would make sense of the title. And the main characters, while they have familiar names, are completely different people. So fans of the show will be justifiably angry that it has been merely referenced to make a half-hearted mash-up of The Hangover and Fast & Furious. Which might not be a bad idea if the gross-out comedy was funny and the action was even remotely thrilling.

In this version, Poncharello is the undercover name assigned to a Miami FBI agent (Michael Pena) who is sent to Los Angeles to investigate a string of armoured car robberies that might involve dirty cops. He is partnered with officer Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) riding motorcycles with the California Highway Patrol (they're CHiPs, not Chips). Jon is a former hotshot off-road motorbike champ who has broken every bone in his body and has only joined the police to try to win back his estranged, monstrous wife (Kristen Bell). But he's such a high-energy idiot that he's starting the job on probation. As their case develops, it's instantly clear that the mastermind is the villainous officer Kurtz (Vincent D'Onofrio). And their investigation is complicated by the arrival of Ponch's FBI boss (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and partner (Adam Brody).

The lazy script never tries to crank up any real mystery or tension in the plot. Instead, the film is just a series of smutty jokes and incoherent stunt sequences, plus running gags that never reach a punchline. All of this is infused with relentless sexism, as the camera leers shamelessly at every woman. And the laddish misogyny is accompanied by constant homophobia, which is addressed in the dialogue in a feeble attempt to undercut the baldfaced bigotry. This makes all of the characters resolutely unlikeable. Ponch and Jon are such self-absorbed jerks that it's inconceivable that they would ever be allowed to be policemen.

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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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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.

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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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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 Peña, Oscar De La Hoya , Mario Lopez - Mario Lopez Introduces Casa Mexico Tequila On WE tv's David Tutera CELEBrations at Beso - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 6th November 2015

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Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya and Mario Lopez
Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya and Mario Lopez
Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya and Mario Lopez

Michael Pena - Celebrities at the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' studios at JImmy Kimmel studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th September 2015

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Michael Pena - 2015 Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Martian' - Premiere - Toronto, Canada - Friday 11th September 2015

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Michael Pena - 40th Toronto International Film Festival - Celebrity Sightings - Toronto, Canada - Friday 11th September 2015

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Michael Pena - Marvel's screening of 'Ant-Man' hosted by The Cinema Society and Audi - Outside Arrivals - New York City, United States - Monday 13th July 2015

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Michael Pena - Marvel's "Ant-Man" - European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 8th July 2015

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Ant-Man Trailer


An awful lot has happened in the world - A Second World War super soldier has risen from the dead, a billionaire playboy has revealed himself as a costumed superhero, and the Norse God of thunder himself has come to earth on four occasions. So for Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a petty criminal entrusted with the secret of his mentor's super-secret substance designed to shrink a person, it should be seen as just another day in the life for a person of planet Earth. Now, with the ability to shrink his down to a minuscule size while increasing his strength, Ant-Man is born.

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Photographs from the red carpet at the premiere of 'Fury' at the 58th British Film Institute London Film Festival

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58th BFI LFF: Fury - photocall held at the Corinthia Hotel.

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Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal
Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal
Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal
Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal

Video - Brad Pitt, Shi Lebouf, Michael Peña And The Stars Of 'Fury' Arrive For The Films New York Premiere - Pt2


The stars of 'Fury' arrived for the New York film premiere to mixed responses from photographers and onlookers. Brad Pitt entered to a tremendous applause and much screaming. Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal both made comparatively modest entrances.

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Michael Pena - Stars attended the 2014 NCLR American Latino Media Arts Awards ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Michael Pena - The 2014 ALMA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Michael Pena - 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 10th October 2014

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Michael Pena - 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - FOX All-Star Party at Soho House in West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st July 2014

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Michael Pena - Fox Summer TCA All-Star Party - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th July 2014

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Can Fox's 'Gracepoint' Grasp The Guile Of BBC's 'Broadchurch'?


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Despite casting the same lead actor, those behind 'Gracepoint' - a remake of the acclaimed BBC crime drama 'Broadchurch' - insist the show will have differing plotlines to the original, as well as new characters.

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Scottish actor David Tennant, who played troubled DI Alex Hardy so masterfully in Broadchurch returns for the U.S remake, alongside Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn. However, Fox executive producers Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein say they are keen to veer from the original narrative despite wanting to keep the overall aesthetics of Broadchurch intact.

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Fury Trailer


Wardaddy is an army sergeant with years of experience in the horrors and victories of war. He's one of the most effective and most courageous war heroes America has to offer and, now commanding a Sherman tank named Fury with a group of just five soldiers, he must lead his men into a highly risky operation right on their enemies' doorstep. Not only has he and his boys got the threat of serious outnumbering ahead of them, but Wardaddy also has to tutor a terrified new recruit named Norman Ellison, who's less than okay with shooting down hundreds of men in a vehicle he has never used before. It's all about having each other's backs and keeping everyone motivated to keep on fighting, but when a platoon of three-hundred German soldiers strike out, it doesn't look like that will be enough to keep them alive.

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Video - Lea Michele Turned Heads With Plunging Neckline At FOX Upfronts - Part 8


'Glee' star Lea Michele turned heads in a very short, green, silky dress with an extremely daring plunging neckline at the FOX Upfronts presentation at The Beacon Theater in New York.

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Virginia Kull and Michael Pena - FOX Upfronts at The Beacon Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th May 2014

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David O'Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Pena, Elisabeth Röhm, Jeremy Renner, Paul Herman, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro - Celebrities pose with awards at 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards press room at The Shrine Auditorium. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Michael Penna Could Be Next To Join Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Cast


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Michael Pena is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Marvel's next film adaptation, 'Ant-Man'.

The 38 year-old, who most recently appeared in 'American Hustle', has been offered an unknown role and wants to join the production when it begins to shoot this spring, The Wrap reports.

Circulating rumours imply that Pena could take a villainous role, with insiders revealing the studio to be looking for a 'tough latino' who can take a physically challenging role, according to THR.

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Cesar Chavez Trailer


'Cesar Chavez' is the inspirational story of the celebrated American Mexican, labour leader and civil rights activist who devoted his life to improving the treatment of his fellow farm workers via attempting to rally 50,000 workers to stand up to the racial inequality and brutality at the hands of their employees.

Written by Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) Chavez encapsulates the angst, horror and exploitation of the hard working farmers of America and the determination and bravery of Cesar Chavez who co-founded and lead the National Farm Workers Association during the non-violent, yet powerful, unprecedented actions committed by the farm workers in order to obtain the civil rights they deserved. 

Chavez is a touching and moving biopic that represents the hope and aspiration of the working farmers in America during the . 

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American Hustle - Clips


Irving Rosenfeld is a conman whose impressively deft criminal exploits have eluded authorities for years. However, when he finds himself forced to use his talents for good as he is roped into an FBI sting operation led by the unhinged agent Richie DiMasom, he finds his life of partying, drinking and squandering money under massive threat. He must use his fraudulent cunning to reveal the seriously corrupt crusades of Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, whose power cast spreads much further than his constituency. Irving is helped by the seductive but dangerous Sydney Prosser who soon becomes less of a business partner and more of a mistress. As their relationship deepens, however, they arouse the suspicions of Irving's gregarious but unbalanced wife Rosalyn who threatens their whole operation with her lethal jealousy and deadly rage.

'American Hustle' is a high-stakes gangster thriller directed and co-written by the Oscar nominated David O. Russell ('Silver Linings Playbook', 'I Heart Huckabees', 'Three Kings') alongside writer Eric Singer ('The International'). Featuring a talented award-winning cast (some of whom O'Russell has previously worked with with much success), the flick is set to hit the big screen on December 18th 2013 in the US.

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American Hustle - International Trailer


Whilst running a con, being anonymous is very important. Keeping past operations secret and your personal life out of reach from potential targets is just as important as running the actual hustle. For years Irving Rosenfeld has been a con at the top of his game, evading arrest by the police and capture by past marks but all that could quite easily change when he and his business partner, Sydney Prosser, are recruited by an unruly FBI officer Richie DiMaso. 

The target Rosenfeld has to hit is one even cons wouldn't usually mess with, an elected mayor the FBI believe to be dirty. Mafia connections and lots of Laundered money are the least of Rosenfeld worries, when his wife might just become an accidental chink in their armour. 

Set in the 1970's the films screenplay was written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell and is loosely based on a real sting operation named Abscam which lead to the arrest and conviction of a number of elected officials. 

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Turbo Review


Very Good

Whizzy and superficial, this isn't the most complicated animated film ever made, but it's a lot of fun if you can buy into its silly premise about a snail who moves at super-fast speed. Aside from its riotous sense of energy and thrilling action sequences, the script is also packed with enough deranged humour to keep the adults laughing along with the kids.

It starts in a normal garden, where Theo (voiced by Reynolds) dreams of racing his human idol, the Indy champ Guy Gagne (Hader). Theo even calls himself "Turbo", annoying his pragmatic brother Chet (Giamatti). Then a freak accident involving nitrous-oxide gives him lightning speed. In search of a chance to race, he meets another dreamer with a practical-minded brother: Tito (Pena) is a man who owns a taco truck with his grumpy sibling Angelo (Guzman). And it's Tito who works with local business owners (Jenkins, Jeong and Rodriguez) to help Turbo achieve his goal to enter the Indianapolis 500 and race against his hero. On the track, Turbo is assisted by a pit-crew of Tito's pet snails (Jackson, Rudolph, Dogg and Schwartz).

Yes, the plot is preposterous, but the script openly acknowledges the insanity of the "snail vs car" race, maintaining the dizzying size discrepancy as all of the characters are just as incredulous as we are. The filmmakers also create a hilarious snail underworld packed with running gags about the perils of being so little. Although they haven't included much slime, which is a strange omission for a movie aimed primarily at pre-teen boys. Still, each snail (and each human too) is such a bundle of big personality traits that we don't really mind the gender and ethnic stereotypes.

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Turbo - Clips


Turbo has big dreams for such a small garden snail; dreams that stretch beyond his regular, sluggish, plant-pot dwelling life. He wants to become the fastest mover in the world, even faster than his favourite racing driver, and compete at the IndyCar races, but, as nature would have it, no matter how much training he does, he simply can't gather speed. However, one day, while gazing at the blurry flow of traffic on a highway, his wish comes true when he is sucked into the back of a vehicle and submerged in a tank of nitrous oxide. On making an escape, he finds himself glowing like a lightbulb and zooming past his inching friends a hundred times faster than he ever believed was possible. On his journey to speedy stardom, he meets Whiplash, Skidmark, Burn, Smooth Move and White Shadow; a crew of other racer wannabes who take him under their wings. 

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Turbo Trailer


Turbo might be just your average garden snail but there's one thing that sets him apart from all his friends; he is tired of the slowness of life and has dreams of becoming the fastest creature in the world. While his friend Chet does everything within his power to convince him that he should enjoy the life he has and forget his impossible aspirations. However, while Turbo wistfully watches the flow of traffic on the highway, he makes a wish that unexpectedly defies biology. He is sucked into the engine of a racing car and is subsequently submerged in a tank of nitrous oxide which causes him to glow brightly. When he realises that it has also given him the ability to move at an extraordinary pace, he is determined to compete at the IndyCar races and become the first snail in history to win in a vehicular race.

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Turbo Trailer


Turbo is a regular garden snail who, unlike his friends, is bored of living his life at a. well, snail's pace. As much as his friends and family try to convince him that his dreams of becoming a super-fast racer are, frankly, ridiculous and utterly fruitless, he refuses to give up hope and makes a wish that is set to change his life forever. After accidently finding himself taking a ride on the roof of the racing car of one of the fastest racers in the world, he finds himself flying into a tank of nitrous oxide which transforms his genetic code and makes him one of the fastest moving creatures on Earth, putting other wannabe snail racers to shame.

'Turbo' is the hilarious and delightful new animated movie from DreamWorks about the power of hope and determination in striving to achieve your dreams. It is David Soren's directorial feature film debut, though he has worked on a string of other animated flicks in other departments. He also co-wrote 'Turbo' with Darren Lemke ('Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Shrek Forever After') and Robert D. Siegel ('The Wrestler', 'Big Fan'). It is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas this Autumn on October 18th 2013.

Eva Longoria's Wardrobe Malfunction Was Golden Globes' Biggest Blunder (Pictures)


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Eva Longoria, Wardrobe Malfunction, Golden GlobesEva Longoria's Black Emilio Pucci Dress Came Open At The Golden Globes

If you thought the Golden Globes' passed by with only minimal fashion disasters, than you were wrong. Ok, so Jessica Chastain's dress was pretty horrible, and Jennifer Lawrence and Zooey Deschanel wore similar outfits, but on reflection, it appears Eva Longoria took home the prize for biggest wardrobe blunder of the evening.

Eagle eyed commentators - specifically the UK's Sun newspaper - noticed that as Longoria posed for red-carpet photographs in her elegant Emilio Pucci creation, the dress had gaped open! The Desperate Housewife unwittingly became the centre of attention as her male guest looked on in horror. The actress was unaware of the malfunction, though was probably a little red-faced after seeing the snaps the following morning.

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Gangster Squad Review


Very Good

This may be based on a true story, but the filmmakers never bother exploring the complexities of historical events, instead opting for a comic book-style approach that's entertaining but somewhat unsatisfying. Still, this style-over-substance approach at least produces a rollicking police thriller that's often a lot of fun to watch, packed with gifted actors who gleefully chomp through the scenery.

The setting is 1949 Los Angeles, where the notorious gangster Mickey Cohen (Penn) is launching a Chicago-style mob takeover of the city. The police chief (Nolte) is determined to stop him, but feels surrounded by corruption, so he hires straight-arrow detective John (Brolin) to head up a secret squad that will operate off the books to stop Cohen, whatever it takes. John's pregnant wife (Enos) isn't thrilled by this, but she helps him select his team: techie Conway (Ribisi), gunslinger Max (Patrick), hot-shot Coleman (Mackie) and quick-learning rookie Navidad (Pena). And then there's pretty-boy detective Jerry (Gosling), who courts danger by launching a fling with Mickey's moll Grace (Stone). Understandably, their task doesn't go smoothly.

Billed as the untold story of what really happened, the film ignores quite a few key facts while indulging in implausible plotting and overly colourful characterisations. In other words, it's impossible to believe anything we're watching, which eliminates all of the relevance and resonance that could have filled this story of police corruption, out-of-control capitalism and especially the use of illegal methods to do the right thing. Instead, the film is all shiny surfaces, with flashy production design, too-immaculate costumes and haircuts, and a plot that reduces a complex situation into a simplistic action movie narrative.

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Turbo Trailer


Turbo is a garden snail with big dreams of becoming the speediest snail in the world. He is seen as a figure of embarrassment among his snail community, his family and his friends for rejecting their slow and steady way of life but is nonetheless determined, through an intensive training routine, to become like his all-time favourite idol, Guy Gagne; a Indianapolis 500 racing champion for IndyCar. One day, his treasured dreams seem set to be realised when, following a freak incident, he develops an incredible superpower that allows him to move at a mind-blowing pace giving him the chance to truly compete at the IndyCar races and win the Indy 500 champion title for himself. 

'Turbo' is a wonderful animated family comedy from DreamWorks about determination, hope and achieving your dreams. It is the feature directorial debut of David Soren who has previously worked on 'Shark Tale', 'Madagascar 2' and 'Shrek' in various departments and who also acted as a co-writer for the film alongside Darren Lemke ('Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Shrek Forever After') and Robert D. Siegel ('The Wrestler', 'Big Fan'). It's a delightful little tale due for release much later in the year on October 18th 2013.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson

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End Of Watch Review


Excellent

A strong sense of camaraderie sets this edgy police thriller apart from the crowd. And it's also a change of direction for writer-director David Ayer, who has explored the dark side of police corruption in Training Day, Harsh Times and Street Kings. But this film focusses instead on two good-guy cops just trying to do their job and have happy private lives.

On the gritty streets of Los Angeles, officers Taylor and Zavala (Gyllenhaal and Pena) continually make important arrests, which really annoys their serious-minded colleague Van Hauser (Harbour) because they're usually joking around as well. But their captain (Grillo) is slowly starting to respect their work. Meanwhile, their loyal partnership in the streets spills over into their private lives, and they lend support to each other as Taylor falls in love with Janet (Kendrick) and Zavala's wife (Martinez) gives birth to their first child. On the other hand, a Mexican cartel boss has just put a price on their heads after they busted his operation.

Ayer shoots the film like a fly-on-the-wall doc, with hand-held cameras capturing each scene. Sometimes the shaky imagery is a bit distracting since it has nothing to do with the plot, but it encourages the cast to deliver offhanded, bristly performances that build our interest during the nicely meandering first half. Then things shift drastically as a major plot kicks into gear that involves what the cops call the three food groups: drugs, money and guns.

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Gyllenhaal’s ‘End Of Watch’ Comes From Nowhere To Top Box Office


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Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘End of Watch’ came from nowhere to top the U.S box office, though it was another disappointing week for the movie industry. The Los Angeles cop tale – also starring Michael Pena debuted with $13.2 million to finish at No.1, according to the Associated Press.

Gyllenhaal’s latest movie had been neck-and-neck with Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film ‘House of the End of the Street’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Trouble With the Curve’, though powered ahead on Sunday. Eastwood’s recent appearance at the Republican National Convention probably did little to help the baseball flick’s chances – his speech was roundly mocked online, though the film also received lukewarm reviews, at best. The box office result is great news for Gyllenhaal, director David Ayer and Open Road Films, who made the police drama for just $7 million. It follows two Los Angeles Police Department officers who work in South Central L.A and was lauded by critics. The New York Times called it, “a muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances.”

Despite End Of Watch’s success, the U.S. box office continues to slow dramatically. To put the latest figures into perspective – on the same weekend in 2010, George Clooney’s ‘The American’ also took $13 million, though it was only good enough for sixth place.


End Of Watch Trailer


Two loyal LA police officers Taylor and Zavala patrol the city's streets arresting drug dealers and gang members, protecting each other's backs and each other's families. The story is told through a series of amateur film footage apparently from police officers, criminals, civilians and surveillance cameras to provide a uniquely accurate depiction of the city's dangers and its cops.

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30 Minutes Or Less Review


Very Good
There's no depth or meaning in this light bit of goofiness, but if you're in the mood for some random escapism, it's the kind of movie that keeps you chuckling. And often laughing out loud.

Slackers Dwayne and Travis (McBride and Swardson) are fed up with pressure from Dwayne's militaristic father (Ward), and decide to bump him off to get his money. They hire a hitman (Pena), but need cash to pay him, so they kidnap pizza delivery boy Nick (Eisenberg), strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank in the next 10 hours. He enlists his pal Chet (Ansari) and, with little time to spare, off they go. But of course nothing goes as planned.

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Tower Heist Trailer


 

Josh Kovacs has been a resident in Queens for more than ten years; in that time, he has acquired and lived in one of New York City's most secured and lavish apartments. He works for the Wall Street billionaire Arthur Shaw, who just so happens to live above Josh, in a swanky penthouse flat, making him the wealthiest resident there.

One day, Arthur is convicted of stealing two billion dollars from his investors and he is placed under house arrest. The investors he stole from turn out to be Josh and his crew; Arthur has taken their pensions that they entrusted him to manage. Josh is forced to admit that his retirement fund was taken too.

Josh and his crew form a plan to take back their pension fund, which they think is hidden in Arthur's penthouse. They call upon a petty robber, Slide, to help them, who in turn hires his team of amateur thieves, to scout the penthouse. It turns out that the crooks know the layout of that particular apartment, so taking the two billion back should be a cinch, right?

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Alda, Nina Arianda, Judd Hirsch and Marcia Jean Kurtz

Shooter Review


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As the hero of Shooter, Mark Wahlberg narrows his eyes into a piercing stare, delivers his bite-sized chunks of dialogue under his breath, and maintains a constant state of muscle flex so that each vein in his ropy arms sticks up like a speed bump on an elementary school driveway.

Wahlberg even boasts the ideal name: Bob Lee Swagger. The surname ensures he's all attitude. The fact that he goes by three monikers means he's a bona fide presidential assassin, situated in a class above Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Crash (2004) Review


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In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of race and prejudice. Thoroughly repulsive throughout, but incredibly thought provoking long after, Paul Haggis' breathtaking directorial debut succeeds in bringing to the forefront the behaviors that many people keep under their skin. And by thrusting these attitudes toward us with a highly calculated, reckless abandon, Haggis puts racism on the highest pedestal for our review.

There is no better place for this examination than the culturally diverse melting pot of modern-day Los Angeles. In just over 24 hours, Crash brings together people from all walks of life. Two philosophizing black men (Ludacris and Larenz Tate) steal the expensive SUV belonging to the white, L.A. District Attorney (Brendan Fraser), and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock). A similar vehicle belonging to a wealthy black television director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) is later pulled over by a racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his partner (Ryan Phillippe). Soon, many of these people get mixed up with a Latino locksmith (Michael Peña), a Persian storekeeper (Shaun Toub), and two ethnically diverse, dating police detectives (Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito).

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