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John Travolta as a charismatic gangster in an impeccably tailored suit. Casual references to Marcel Proust and quantum physics. An outrageously byzantine plot orchestrated around a big twist ending. The ’90s are back again in “Criminal Activities,” a profane thriller that so closely resembles the B-movies that followed “The Usual Suspects,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Get Shorty,” it could be mistaken for an archeological discovery. Making his directorial debut, veteran thesp Jackie Earle Haley uncannily re-creates the feeling of watching an Elmore Leonard clone circa 1996, when hunger for philosophizing hoodlums was at an all-time high. There’s nothing remotely fresh about this revival, but tight pacing and an overqualified cast keep things zipping along nicely, which may not be enough to draw people to theaters on Nov. 20, but should clear the lower bar of its simultaneous VOD release.
Were the four buddies at the center of “Criminal Activities” not texting so furiously, »
- Scott Tobias
Subliminal Criminal: Haley’s Debut Feloniously Familiar
There’s a certain amount of smarmy appeal to justify Jackie Earle Haley’s attraction to taking on Criminal Activities, the actor’s first stint as director. Updating a script written by Robert Lowell (a man who has been deceased since 1977), Haley updates the action to modern day Cleveland, but this mob affiliated kidnap caper feels exactly like direct-to-video fodder from the mid to late 90’s modeling snappy, impressionistic dialogue around loopy bits of violence and pronounced plot twists, a common template following the success of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994). An intriguing ensemble cast heightens a certain interest in the film’s rudimentary wiles, but exaggerated characterizations distract from an inevitable plot twist only unexpected because it’s not particularly notable.
- Nicholas Bell
We all have our pick for the world.s worst movie, and it.s something no one should be afraid to admit. When it comes to Jackie Earle Haley.s filmography though, even the veteran actor can admit that one of his own films deserves that dubious distinction. If you.re one of the many people who hate The Bad News Bears Go To Japan, then you can add Haley himself to your ranks. During an Ama conducted on Reddit earlier today, Haley waxed nostalgic on many of the experiences he.s had in his varied film career. And somewhere, in-between awesome stories on how intense an experience Watchmen was to film, and how his own directorial debut, Criminal Activities, was a joy to make, he found time to set the record straight that even he didn.t respond well to the third and final installment in the little league »
Below, check out the trailer for actor/director Jackie Earle Haley's thriller, "Criminal Activities," which Rlj Entertainment is releasing on November 20th. Written by Robert Lowell, the film follows 4 friends who stumble into a deal too good to refuse. But when the investment goes bad, they learn that part of their funding came from a notoriously ruthless crime boss… and it’s payback time. Now they must successfully kidnap a family member of a rival kingpin in order to erase the life-threatening debt, putting them in way over their heads. star in this action-packed thriller about insider trading, the Mob and an unrelenting quest for vengeance. The film's ensemble »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Focus Features has released the first trailer for Gerard Butler‘s action movie “London Has Fallen,” a sequel to 2013’s sleeper hit “Olympus Has Fallen.” Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, and he’s joined again by Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster and Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States. The sequel also adds Jackie Earle Haley to the mix. Directed by Babak Najafi, the sequel finds terrorists blowing up London as they try to assassinate world leaders while attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Also Read: 'White House Down »
- Jeff Sneider
Check out the explosive new trailer for London Has Fallen.
The huge cast includes Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, Charlotte Riley and Waleed Zuaiter.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.
The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. »
- Michelle McCue
London has Fallen is set to hit theaters March 4, 2016.
In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
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"Get down!!" Focus has unveiled the epic new trailer for London Has Fallen, with tons of footage of destruction and chaos and violence. The newscaster very succinctly points out "an attack has decimated the British capital." Gerard Butler returns as agent Mike Banning, with Aaron Eckhardt as the President of the United States, at an event in London which gets attacked by terrorists. Morgan Freeman plays the negotiator who ain't taking shit from no terrorists, and the rest is -- well, you can see for yourself with this. The cast includes Angela Bassett, Jackie Earle Haley, Radha Mitchell and Melissa Leo. Don't mess with America! Ha. No but really, this looks kind of crazy, and I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. Enjoy. Here's the second official trailer for Babak Najafi's London Has Fallen, direct from YouTube: The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, »
- Alex Billington
If Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning was planning a well-deserved holiday anytime soon, he ought to cancel it. Called out of semi-retirement to save the day once more, our grizzled protagonist returns to the fray in the first trailer for London Has Fallen, which ramps up the B-movie action to 11.
After going toe-to-toe with White House Down in 2013, Antoine Fuqua’s modest-budget, (relatively) high-profit blockbuster earned the nod for a sequel ahead of its like-minded counterpart. Fast forward by two years, and after persevering through a pair of delays, the follow-up – which sees Babak Najafi supplant Fuqua in the director’s chair – will call upon Butler’s old-school hero Mike Banning once more. When a terrorist attack brings to English capital to its knees, our covert operative uncovers a deadly ploy to assassinate a series of world leaders.
All of this comes to a head when the British Prime Minister passes away, »
- Michael Briers
A new trailer has arrived online for London Has Fallen, director Babak Najafi’s upcoming follow up to Olympus Has Fallen, which sees the return of Gerard Butler as Mike Banning. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
- Gary Collinson
Focus Features has released the trailer the upcoming sequel "London Has Fallen" starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Charlotte Riley, Sean O’Bryan, Alon Aboutboul, and Waleed Zuaiter.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen,” a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart »
- Kellvin Chavez
Gramercy Pictures has released the new trailer for "London Has Fallen," the Babak Najafi-directed upcoming sequel to Antoine Fuqua's surprise hit "Olympus Has Fallen". Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart lead a cast in the film which starts when the funeral for the British Prime Minister becomes the target of a terrorist organization to kill some of the world's most powerful leaders.
Charlotte Riley, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, Charlotte Riley and Waleed Zuaiter also star in the film which opens in March.
- Garth Franklin
In order to clear a massive debt, the foursome have to mastermind a criminal caper they are woefully unprepared for.
Criminal Activities opens on November 20 in Us cinemas. A UK release is yet to be set. »
Ahead of its Us release next month, the first poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming crime thriller Criminal Activities. The film marks the directorial debut of Jackie Earle Haley, who also stars alongside John Travolta, Michael Pitt and Dan Stevens. Check them out here…
Four friends stumble into a deal too good to refuse. But when the investment goes bad, they learn that part of their funding came from a notoriously ruthless crime boss… and it’s payback time. Now, they must successfully kidnap a family member of a rival kingpin in order to erase the life-threatening debt. In way over their heads, if they can complete the assigned task without screwing up, they just might escape with their lives.
Criminal Activities is set for release on November 20th in the States.
- Amie Cranswick
After a long, respectable career in front of the camera, Jackie Earle Haley takes charge behind the camera for the first time with Criminal Activities. Haley’s directorial debut stars Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, Christopher Abbott, and Rob Brown as four young men who get in over their heads with a mobster, played by John Travolta. Check out the Criminal Activities trailer after the […]
- Angie Han
After working with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Todd Field, and more, the talented Jackie Earle Haley has completed his directorial debut, Criminal Activities. Assembling quite a cast, including John Travolta, Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown and Edi Gathegi, we now have the first trailer for the mob ahead of a November release.
The story follows four old friends who act on an inside stock tip and invest in a “sure thing,” only to discover the deal going south while putting them in trouble with the mob. Considering the caliber of the cast (notably Stevens and Abbott, who have excelled in the last few years) and Haley’s acting pedigree, we’re intrigued, but unfortunately the trailer sells a bit of a cheap-looking crime drama, one that’s arriving with little buzz. Nonetheless, check out the preview below.
Criminal Activities hits theaters and VOD on November 20th.
- Leonard Pearce
Strictly Come Dancing Week Five: All the scores and judges' comments
Head judge Len Goodman said he agreed with his fellow judges' decision.
It marked the second time that Jamelia and MacManus have been saved in the dance-off. Harriott and Lowe had survived in Week Three.
The result continues the run of male celebrities being eliminated from this year's show, »
Read More: Rlje's Image Entertainment Picks Up Crime Thriller 'Criminal Activities' In "Criminal Activities," a group of friends accidentally make a deal with a crime boss and have to kill a different crime boss to save their skins. The thriller was directed by Jackie Earle Haley in his filmmaking debut. Haley, John Travolta, Michael Pitt and Dan Stevens star. In an exclusive poster and stills from the film, none of them look happy about their crime-ridden situation. "Criminal Activities" hits theaters, VOD and iTunes on November 20. Read More: John Travolta Action Flick 'I Am Wrath' Acquired by Saban at Cannes Market »
- Karen Brill
No, you didn't suddenly get transported back to the mid-'90s when indie studios were cranking out undercooked post-"Pulp Fiction" crime comedies by the half dozen. It's 2015, and the genre still exists and not only that, John Travolta is still trading on his Quentin Tarantino approved currency, as seen in this trailer for "Criminal Activities." Read More: 'Face/Off' Duo Nicolas Cage & John Travolta Looking To Reunite On A Pair Of Projects Marking the directorial debut of Jackie Earle Haley, the movie finds Dan Stevens and Michael Pitt among those earning a paycheck in this story of some ordinary guys who are in debt to the tune of $400,000 to a mobster. He makes them an offer they can't refuse to clear the outstanding balance, but of course, things aren't what they seem and spin wildly out of control. Yawn. You've seen this about five thousand time already. "Criminal Activities »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Zack Snyder to television? But is this the right property to do so?
Fans of Watchmen should be thrilled as Collider reported on Thursday that HBO and director Zack Snyder have had discussions on doing a series based on the graphic novel. The original movie came out in 2008 and starred Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Jackie Earle Haley.
Don’t think this is set in stone, Collider says, but there is some momentum towards a series happening.
“Preliminary discussions regarding ‘Watchmen’ have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place”
Snyder directed Watchmen prior to becoming the head over the DC superhero universe with Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v. Superman and Justice League. It is still unclear if Snyder would do any work outside of producing, but it is definitely an ambitious project to attempt. »
- Zach Dennis
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