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Spurning the opportunity to title this sequel “Now You Don’t” is an early, and indicative disappointment that deems this Jon M. Chu endeavour somewhat superfluous, as, three years after Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me, we delve back into the lives of The Four Horsemen; a troupe of magicians metaphorically donning Robin Hood’s feathered […]
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- Stefan Pape
Magicians as Robin Hoods, using their cardistry and escapology skills to beat The Man. That’s the idea of Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2, now in theaters. The Four Horsemen are back, and the actors behind them had to learn more illusions to play the part, with the help of chief magic and mentalism consultant Keith Barry. The approach to the magic of the franchise changed as Jon M. Chu took the director’s chair for the sequel. While the first movie featured some “illusions of tomorrow” that can’t be done in reality (Isla Fisher in a bubble!), Chu was determined to do the movie’s magic in-camera, in real time, with as little CGI as possible. With the first film, director Louis Leterrier had asked magicians, “What effects have you always wanted to perform but don’t quite have the method for it yet? »
- Emily Rome
Ancient Egypt - a land of pyramids, colossal statues and unconvincing scorpions. Did you know that, in the time of the pharoahs, gods lived among ordinary mortals and could transform into huge, fire-spouting robots? Director Alex Proyas’ Gods Of Egypt may have been demolished by critics when it appeared in the Us earlier this year, but it’s certainly educational.
Proyas previously brought us such dark and moody delights as The Crow and Dark City, but Gods Of Egypt is completely unlike anything he’s made before. It’s big, it’s camp, it’s awash with CGI which varies in quality from shot to shot. In style and tone, it belongs in that same odd category of action fantasy films as Louis Leterrier’s Clash Of The Titans »
The decision to catch just one last wave almost costs Nancy (Blake Lively) her life in the first of two clips from Sony's new thriller The Shallows, hitting theaters June 29. This clip shows Nancy interacting with two fellow surfers who plan on calling it a day, when Nancy reveals she wants to stay out for just one more run. Little does she know that a deadly shark is lurking in these seemingly-peaceful waters.
The second clip , which surfaced on YouTube, features Nancy showing off her surfing skills for these strangers, before this killer shark is seen stalking its prey. With just a few weeks left until The Shallows hits theaters on June 29, it isn't known if another trailer will be released from this upcoming thriller. Blake Lively leads a minimalist cast that also includes Oscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge and Brett Cullen.
This taut thrill-ride centers on Nancy (Blake Lively), who is surfing on a secluded beach, when she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. We learned in an earlier trailer that Nancy has come to this beach after her mother passed away, but there isn't much else we know about the story. This project was formerly known as In the Deep, which previously had Louis Leterrier set to direct.
Sony Pictures has set a June 29 release date, which falls on the Wednesday before The Bfg, The Purge: Election Year and The Legend of Tarzan are set to hit theaters. Jaume Collet-Serra directs The Shallows. The filmmaker was first introduced to audiences with his 2005 remake House of Wax, but he has become better known for his collaborations with action icon Liam Neeson. They first worked together on 2011's Unknown, before reuniting on Non-Stop and last year's Run All Night. They will next team-up for The Commuter, which arrives in 2017.
Anthony Jaswinski wrote The Shallows, a script that wound up on the coveted Black List. He also wrote the 2010 thriller Vanishing on 7th Street, Kristy and his directorial debut Killing Time. Weimaraner Republic Pictures partners Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem are producing. Take a look at these new clips from The Shallows, and stay tuned for more as we get closer to the June 29 release date.
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Now You See Me 2 brings back the Four Horsemen, not the Biblical figures of Armageddon but the four magician/illusionists from the first film, who used magic to reveal corporate misbehaviorand redistribute a little wealth.
The magicians from the first film, who call themselves the Four Horseman, return, again played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, but joined by a new magician played by Lizzy Caplan. Last time the magicians used their skill as illusionists in a Robin Hood-type heists to expose corporate bad guys, which put them on the run from the FBI. A year later, the Horsemen must re-emerge to thwart an evil tech wizard, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who seeks to control the world through a chip to control the world’s computers. That mission takes them to Macau, China, and the oldest magic shop in the world. To accomplish their goal, the Horseman have »
- Cate Marquis
Now You See Me 2 (which some thought to be an unnecessary sequel) has once again bottled lightning to Lionsgate’s relief. Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me *somehow* brought coolness to magic’s stigmatic nature, and – against all odds – Jon M. Chu’s sequel exceeds said coolness. Duelling magicians square off once again in a spectacular battle of illusionist wits, where perception is fooled and wonder trumps all. Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli’s heist is more than smoke an mirrors – a social warning preys upon tech-y paranoias, however preachy (and outlandish) it may be – which makes this exciting, spellbinding blockbuster worth the price of admission. This isn’t just any sideshow – these badass wizards of manipulation are the main attraction.
- Matt Donato
Earlier this year, Ryan Reynolds proved that R-rated superhero movies can hit it big at the box office, with his smash hit Deadpool shattering records left and right. Later this month, the actor's wife Blake Lively is hoping for a hit of her own with the upcoming shark thriller The Shallows, which hits theaters on June 29. Today we have a final trailer, which takes a unique approach to the journey Blake Lively's character Nancy must endure.
Sony Pictures debuted this new trailer on YouTube, which features plenty of footage but no dialogue from Blake Lively. Instead, the footage is matched with audio from a 1951 educational video entitled Developing Self-Reliance, with the narrator talking about how developing skills for self-reliance takes hard work. The footage shows Nancy surfing by herself, when a massive shark knocks her off her board, forcing her to take refuge on a rock, while this deadly predator circles around her. »
“Now You See Me 2” is the kind of sequel that has all but gone out of fashion: a follow-up to a blockbuster so flaky and off-center that even those who made the original probably never expected it to spawn a second chapter. The new film is an even wilder lark—a madly spinning top of a movie, powered by an eagerness to please that somehow comes off as more innocent than calculated. The film knows that it’s playing you, and in almost every scene invites the audience to embrace the fact that it’s being played. It now feels downright retro, and maybe even a little exotic — in a good way — to encounter a sequel that isn’t all about setting up a five-year plan of franchise plot points. “Now You See Me 2” is more like a giddy piece of cheese from the ’80s, a chance to »
- Owen Gleiberman
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Michael Bay)
For better or worse, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the purest distillation of Michael Bay’s cinematic voice. Bay’s favorite themes recur here from his brand of cheerleading GI Joe patriotism to righteous bloodlust to endlessly off-color non-sequiturs. And years of carpet bombing criticism targeted at his continued lack of political correctness and subtlety have »
- The Film Stage
Leveraging its ties with high-profile talent and producers in the U.S. and in Europe, French mini-major Gaumont has tapped its head of sales Cecile Gaget to spearhead international production for the company.
Gaget, who’s been shepherding worldwide sales at the company since 2010, will be in charge of producing or co-producing English- and local-language movies. She will report to CEO Sidonie Dumas and vice-ceo Christophe Riandée.
International projects on Gaumont’s slate include Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” and “Ballerina,” which are produced by Quad Films (“Intouchables”) and North American shingle Main Journey; and Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to “Neon Demon,” a revenge thriller set in Japan.
“This new step totally made sense as Gaumont expands its footprint within and outside of France with production of both French- »
- Elsa Keslassy
The original Now You See Mee proved to be a hell of a lot of fun, and judging by this latest short but sweet trailer, the sequel is shaping up to be more of the same, even if director Louis Leterrier has made way for newcomer Jon M. Chu (who recently signed on for the third installment). The original cast certainly seem to have found their groove with these characters, and the newcomers, especially Daniel Radcliffe, are having a great time. All this sets the stage for a fun, Summer pop corn movie. Released: 10th June (U.S.)/ 4 July (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a »
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The site also reports that Lionsgate struck a deal with Chu nearly two months before it releases his Now You See 2 on June 10. The studio believes the sequel will perform in the same range as the 2013 original, which took in $351.7 million worldwide. Louis Leterrier directed the original.
The upcoming sequel stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Lizzy Caplan (she replaced Isla Fisher), Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Jay Chou and Daniel Radcliffe.
Its unclear at this time who will come back for the third film.
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- Kellvin Chavez
The studio struck a deal with Chu nearly two months before it releases his “Now You See Me 2” on June 10 — a signal that it believes the sequel will perform in the same range as the 2013 original, which took in $351.7 million worldwide.
Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are reprising their roles for “Now You See Me 2,” while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher and Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast.
- Dave McNary
The Four Horsemen have returned to let loose their own brand of implausible magic upon the world and for some unexplainable reason, I'm actually looking forward to it. Jon M. Chu has taken over directing duties from Louis Leterrier for Now You See Me 2, which finds the magical foursome in hiding after the events of the first film. A new trailer for Now You See Me 2 dropped this morning and Jon... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
When I wrote about the first trailer for this summer's big sequel Now You See Me 2, I mentioned how much I dislike movies about magicians because they inevitably cheat and feature magic that can't be done live. A story consultant who worked on the film reached out to me to tell me that all of the magic in the film was researched and developed with stage magicians who worked to make sure that all of the magic in the film could be done live by stage magicians, though, and maybe closer to the release we'll try to bring screenwriter Ed Solomon into the studio to discuss this. You can hardly blame me for my skepticism, though, when this trailer features a scene where Jesse Eisenberg evidently stops the rain, reverses the direction of the rain drops, then explodes into water while standing in the middle of a crowd of people. »
- Drew McWeeny
Directed by Louis Leterrier.
A football hooligan tracks down his long-lost brother, a spy for MI6, and they end up on the run from a terrorist organisation.
There are some movies you watch and have absolutely no idea where to even begin assessing. The Brothers Grimsby is definitely one of those flicks; an extreme gross-out comedy putting things on-screen that no one ever needed to see (some of it is so disgusting I will probably never watch the movie again, even though I laughed quite a bit and liked it), but at the end of the day, there is a method to this madness. This isn’t like a modern Adam Sandler comedy where the shock value seems uninspired and lazy, »
- Robert Kojder
This is England: Leterrier Transports Raunchy, Nonsensical Comedy
If Adam Sandler was still interested in generating laughs, he might have eventually turned out something as ridiculous and outré as The Brothers Grimsby, another vehicle designed specifically by and for button pushing star Sacha Baron Cohen, in which he stars as another odd, social misfit bumbling about in his own particularly distressing comedy of errors fashion. Helmed by Louis Leterrier, (now completely divorced from the slickly serious Transporter realm, where he cut his teeth as an acolyte/product of Luc Besson before moving on to Hollywood fare with the 2008 The Incredible Hulk rehash), it’s a completely asinine, adolescently minded bit of perversity. It also happens to have its fair share of shockingly extravagant moments, and these, along with Cohen’s odd penchant for political subtexts and sometimes innocent charm makes his latest offering disarming, and surprisingly funny. Though it’s »
- Nicholas Bell
The Brothers Grimsby is a vulgar, ribald action-comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong. Cohen stars as a townie, on the dole bloke with eleven children, and a manic love for English football; finding his long lost younger brother (Strong). The surprise is that his brother is an elite MI6 agent. The pair's reunion has calamitous results that lead them on a globe trotting mission to save a beautiful philanthropist (Penélope Cruz). The Brothers Grimsby pushes the R-rating further than any film in recent memory. There are scenes that are so crude and vulgar; you almost can't believe what you're seeing. The humor is decidedly low brow, but it's pretty damn funny.
The Brothers Grimsby has a breezy runtime of eighty-three minutes. There's no fat on the bone to drag out the onslaught of gross out humor. The film also has a few big action scenes to sell the spy, »
Sacha Baron Cohen is a very smart, very funny man. One of the best parts of his publicity tour for The Brothers Grimsby has been hearing him give interviews out of character about his process when working on Da Ali G Show, Borat, and Bruno. The worst part of it, unfortunately, is the movie The Brothers Grimsby, which is an entirely laughless affair and easily the low point of Cohen's career so far. No one is more shocked by my reaction to the movie than I am. I am an easy laugh. I'll admit it. I am predisposed to laughter. That's my natural state, my preferred condition. I love comedy. I love all forms of comedy. I love cerebral wordplay. I love silly physical slapstick. I love the gross. I love the esoteric. If you search through my collection, you'll find all kinds of things, and I love that. Every now and then, »
- Drew McWeeny
Crude, cruel, and uncalled-for in the best possible way, The Brothers Grimsby, like The Dictator, marks another evolution away from the guerilla theater that put Sacha Baron Cohen on the map as a sharp critic, provocateur, and button-pusher. His latest feature balances action and comedy, and, as one might expect, there’s a certain inherent cruelty that comes from the stunts. (One sequence involves bad gunshots leading to HIV infections.) While not everything lands — including a joke involving a certain Republican presidential front-runner — there are some gags one won’t be able to unsee for some time, making for a film that mostly delivers — even if you may not be proud of yourself for laughing.
Baron Cohen stars as Nobby Butcher, a nitwit from Grimsby in Northern England and the kind of soccer hooligan Andrea Arnold’s early work cautions against getting involved with. The father of eleven children, yet »
- John Fink
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