Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him: regrouping with his new, as-yet-unnamed dog after taking down the New York mob that he used to work for. Director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad have created another unusually satisfying action thriller, with sharply developed characters and a plot that holds more water than most of these kinds of movies. Obviously, it can't be as fresh as the first film, but it's thoroughly entertaining.
Reeves' John still just wants to be left alone, but after taking care of one loose end, he is contacted by Italian mafioso Santino (Riccardo Scamarcio), who calls in a blood oath. Unable to refuse, John heads to Rome to carry out a hit he knows will make his life exponentially more precarious, especially as it puts him into conflict with his old friend Cassian (Common). Sure enough, he now has an army of goons chasing him, led by mute thug Ares (Ruby Rose). So he returns to New York and gets in contact with an underground guru (Laurence Fishburne) who might be able to offer some respite from the hordes trying to kill him. And manager Winston (Ian McShane) is also willing to help John, as long as he abides by the rules of the criminal underworld.
The film is another superb mix of cool imagery and coherent action that moves briskly from one brutal encounter to the next. Vicious gunfights and car chases abound in this movie, and all are staged with bracing energy and a heightened sense of realism. Through all of this, Reeves maintains a sense of weary dignity in finely tailored suits that are refreshed after each messy encounter. How he keeps walking and fighting after each bruising fight is another question.
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Some serious skills were learned for this intense sequel.
One thing that you're going to really have to take notice of in the upcoming 'John Wick: Chapter 2' movie is the style of combat that the actors have taken on to make their moves look as seamless and realistic as possible. After all, these guys are assassins.
Common stars in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'
Only the best in the world of martial arts were asked to take on the challenge of training up the likes of Keanu Reeves and Common for the movie, a sequel to 2014's 'John Wick', and sure enough they came away with fighting skills more potent than they've ever mastered before.
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Former hitman John Wick is in Rome following events in the first movie where he sought bloody revenge on the man who killed his dog and stole his car. He's still bereaved from the death of his wife Helen (who died before events in the first film) but he has at least got himself a new puppy. While it can be argued that his revenge massacre doesn't necessarily mean he's back in the game even if it did find him in the company of his former associates, this time his vow of retirement is broken for sure. An old friend is trying to takeover over a nefarious group of international assassins, and he is forced to join him because of the blood oath he made many years ago. This is not the kind of job you can quit easily.
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When there's nowhere left to turn, the bad guys might just turn out to be your only option. Amanda Waller is the leader of a task force who keeps on losing members of her team, she comes up with an idea to form a specialised task force formed with some of the most dangerous criminals that are currently in jail.
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Common has joined the cast of Suicide Squad,
The Oscar-winning rapper-turned-actor Common has signed on to join the cast of Suicide Squad - Warner Bros' new all-star action movie featuring DC Entertainment super villains.
Common has joined the cast of Suicide Squad
Fury filmmaker David Ayer is directing the feature, which stars Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Co-stars include Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Scott Eastwood.
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The movie hasn't really clicked with the critics, but its Sundance premiere was something special.
It’s Sundance weekend again and the star of the show this year is definitely What Happened, Miss Simone? The Netflix-produced Nina Simone documentary traces the life of the famed Jazz singer from her beginnings as a classical pianist, through her rise to fame on the jazz and blues scene. What Happened, Miss Simone does not gloss over Simone’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement or her struggles with mental illness.
John Legend performed a stunning tribute at the What Happened, Miss Simone? Premiere
The Park City premiere was made into a real event, followed up with a concert by soul star John Legend in tribute to Simone’s life and work.
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MTV's MLK Day celebration is a bit different this year.
Today, in honour of Martin Luther King Day, MTV is returning to its progressive, socially conscious days with a special twist on its programming. For twelve straight hours, the channel will air all its shows and music videos (all two of them) in black and white, in an effort to draw attention to racial tensions in the US.
Commercials will still air in colour though, presumably because capitalism trumps social justice.
The 87th Academy Award ceremony is already off to a controversial start for certain film and actor emissions.
The reaction to this week's Oscar nominations was a loud one, because Academy voters played it so safe in a year when films expanded to explore a diverse array of themes. Throughout 2014, actors and filmmakers bravely took on big challenges, and many were recognised with nominations. But critics have been quick to point out that all of the acting and directing nominees are white, and #OscarsSoWhite was the trending hashtag on Twitter.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year's Academy Awards
The most obvious snub was for Selma, which only received nods for Best Picture and Best Song (for Common and John Legend's 'Glory'), leaving out the acclaimed actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman ever nominated for Best Director.
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Common's speech seemed to call back to the Ferguson protests, without explicitly mentioning them.
Guys, we gotta talk about Ferguson again. The protests have been off the radar lately, with so much other horribleness going on, but at last night’s Golden Globes, Common took the chance to remind everyone: it’s still going on.
Common used the Golden Globes stage as a soapbox.
The reference made sense after the rapper, along with singer John Legend won Golden Globes for Original Song for the Selma soundtrack, Glory. And here’s how Common made us all squirm in our seats.
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The hip-hop star made a very emotional acceptance speech when he and John Legend were awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for their track 'Glory' from the movie 'Selma.'
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards took a political turn when Common and John Legend were awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for their track 'Glory' from the movie 'Selma,' which depicts Martin Luther King's campaign for equal voting rights with a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.
Common made a very emotional speech when accepting the Golden Globe for Best Original Song
After being presented with the prestigious honour, Common made reference to the killing of the unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as the killing of two police officers in Brooklyn, N.Y., late last year.
Jimmy Conlon is a former hit man for the mob whose life of crime have left many mental scars. His best friend is the mob boss Shawn Maguire, but things get complicated for their relationship when Conlon's son Mike finds himself being hunted down by Maguire's own boy Danny. In a bid to defend his son, Jimmy arrives on the scene and shoots Danny dead. Jimmy knows the drill and after a meeting with Shawn realises he must do everything within his power to keep Mike from being killed by the rest of the gang, as he and his family are targeted once again. Jimmy is forced to kill old friends as he takes on the most dangerous task of his life, in taking care of the family he has led to death. Meanwhile, he's on the run from a police officer desperate to put him behind bars for his past crimes.
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Kim Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner spotted during a moment of silence chatting to one another and using their phones. Suffice to say, many are less than impressed with the trio.
In a world where we rely on our mobiles phones for just about everything, we still don't have a set etiquette on when and where we should or shouldn't use them. Still, there are some places and times when it's just not acceptable at all, including in moments of silence in honour of the dead or social struggles. Unfortunately some audience members didn't take heed and surprise, surprise it was these three...
Hip-hop artist and actor Common (real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) is snapped on the red carpet at the Showcase Case Mate launch party in New York City. The Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is also photographed after having a brief interview with the press.
Sometims the girl just doesn't get her dream guy, and for Leslie this has always been the case. A physiotherapist by trade, she's got to the point in her life where she's all but given up on finding true love. However, when she meets NBA All-Star Scott McKnight she can't believe how perfect he is, the only problem is Scott doesn't notice Leslie's attempts to woo him, instead he turns to her beautiful best friend Morgan to seek affection. Finally Leslie accepts that her best friend is going to get the guy and she'll let again be left alone.
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Ridley Scott has a good thing going here, tossing these two Hollywood bigshots into the ring and letting them play cops and robbers while he slathers on the period detail with a trowel. There's some serious Superfly outfits (including a godawful $50,000 chinchilla coat that plays a surprisingly key part in a plot twist), a generous helping of soul music, enough fantastic character actors to choke a horse (Idris Elba, Jon Polito, Kevin Corrigan, an incredibly sleazy Josh Brolin, and so on), the specter of Vietnam playing on every television in sight, and the odd enjoyment one gets from watching cops in the pre-militarized, pre-SWAT days take down an apartment with just revolvers, the occasional shotgun, and a sledgehammer to whack down the door. Scott's smart enough to let the story cohere organically and without rush, keeping his main contenders apart for as long as could possibly be borne, making them fully developed characters in their own right and not just developed in opposition to the other. But there's something in this broad and expansive tale that can't quite come together, and it seems to start in Denzel's eyes.
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Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Vegas card sharp come gangster and former member of the La Cosa Nostra (LCN), one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States. In exchange for a vanishing act with Witness Protection, Israel (who is currently hiding out in the penthouse of The Nomad Casino in Lake Tahoe with his posse of bodyguards and hookers), has agreed to testify against his former mentor, Primo Sparazza, and the LCN.
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