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Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) learns that Earth isn't the birthplace of the human race in a new international trailer for Jupiter Ascending. This sci-fi adventure is the latest from filmmakers Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (Cloud Atlas, The Matrix). Here, Sean Bean is introduced as Stinger in this latest footage, arriving to explain Jupiter Jones' place in this world.
From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending tells the story of a special one, who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she is destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has »
Hugo Weaving skyrocketed into Hollywood fame as Agent Smith in The Matrix films and over the last two decades, the actor has curated a fine balance of Hollywood films and smaller indie productions, both in the Us and in his native Australia. The Mule is one of his most recent forays into indie films.
Written and directed by Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson, Sampson also stars as Ray, the "mule" of the title in a comedic retelling of a real life events surround the first drug mule to be caught by law enforcement.
I had a chance to speak with Hugo Weaving, one of the film's stars (he plays one of the cops), about the bizarre story, his favourite scene in the film and his preference for working on smaller productions.
The Mule made its debut at SXSW earlier this y [Continued ...] »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released another new International trailer (French) for “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. The film stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, and Doona Bae.
The film follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along — her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
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- Kellvin Chavez
Good, original crime thrillers can be extremely difficult to come by. For ever Goodfellas or Fargo, there are quite a few efforts that end up falling a bit flat, giving viewers a definite “been there, done that” feeling. When original crime films do come, it’s typically out of nowhere and a lasting effort that ends up acheiving some form of cult status. The Angus Sampson-led crime thriller/comedy, The Mule, is just that kind of film, one that pulls you into its web and gives its audience a suspenseful and comical look at one bad situation.
The Mule‘s plot is not only somewhat original, but one that will keep you on edge and well,..almost throwing up at times, with the film’s protagonist, Ray, making the mistake of agreeing to hide a kilo of heroin in his stomach and transporting it back to Australia. The idea »
- Jerry Smith
Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Longmire wrapped up its third season earlier this year on A&E. Apparently it wasn't renewed at that time since Netflix has just announced that Longmire Season 4 is on the way. The 10 episode arc is set to hit the streaming service in 2015 and will be produced in conjunction with Warner Horizon Television. The contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (Southland, La Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified). Hit the jump for more on Longmire Season 4. Here's the official synopsis: Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three’s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found »
- Evan Dickson
We’ve already told you (on more than one occasion) that one of the best martial arts movies of the year is heading to the UK next month. Press blurb time.....”The Grandmaster, the highly-anticipated film by acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai, will open through Metrodome on 5 December. Six years in the planning and three years in the making, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Nominated for two Academy Awards, for Cinematography and Costume Design, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances from those at the film's heart: Wong regular, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House Of Flying Daggers, Hero) and Chang Chen (Happy Together, »
A weird truth: Even in the midst of the current comic book gold-rush, major studios can't seem to get a good anime or manga adaptation off the ground—although the influence of those works can be seen everywhere. This weekend's Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic that's heavily (perhaps even problematically) inspired by anime and manga. As tangentially connected to the art form as Big Hero 6 is, could it be the harbinger of a sea change in Hollywood's approach to manga and anime? Tackling this question can be kind of tricky—after all, "anime" and "manga »
- Joshua Rivera
Most big-budget action movies these days are just cartoons directed by bad animators. Somewhere between The Matrix and The Bourne Identity, the whole genre lost its brawl. You've seen one superhero defend his city from an airship armada, you've seen every superhero defend his city from an airship armada. Then there's John Wick. Simple story, not-so-simple thrills. The story: Someone kills an assassin's dog, and the assassin (Keanu Reeves) wants vengeance. The thrills: The movie constructs action scenes with patience and delicacy, filming in steady shots that track the careful choreography of Reeves' punch-shoot rampages. John Wick was directed by a stuntman, »
- Darren Franich
War is coming to Middle-Earth, and we get a first-hand, action-packed look at all the destruction in this new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
In this exciting preview for the final installment in the epic trilogy, every single character from the series makes an appearance with either a grimace on their face or a sword in their hand – or both.
The lighthearted, adventuring tone of the first two films has been replaced with a dark, brooding menace that permeates every shot. Meanwhile, an ever-quickening, foreboding score builds tension with every rapid flash of violence.
The Battle Of The Five Armies begins where the previous film left off: Smaug is flying off in a rage with the destruction of Lake-Town on his mind. Meanwhile, a war is brewing as tensions build between the Dwarves, the Men of »
I know I'm a day late with this V For Vendetta fun facts list since the 5th of November was yesterday, but better late than never! This was such an amazing film, and it's one of my favorite from the Wachowskis, who wrote and produced it. They were such big fans of the graphic novel, that they actually had a script written for the movie before they started developing The Matrix. This is also one of those flicks that I never get tired of watching. It just has such a great and engulfing story that gives the audience food for thought. There are a ton of underlying meanings in the story. I've been enjoying doing these fun facts lists because I always tend to learn something new about a film, and that is true with V For Vendetta as well. So here are ten fun facts that you may or »
- Joey Paur
In an alternate future where Germany won World War II and Great Britain is now a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as "V" conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When "V" rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally and a protégé with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain. Starring Academy Award-nominees and Golden Globe-winners Natalie Portman ("Closer," "Star Wars" episodes 1-3) and John Hurt ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Hellboy"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Stephen Rea ("Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles," "The Crying Game") and Hugo Weaving ("The Matrix" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy). Written and produced by the Wachowski brothers, creators of "The Matrix" trilogy. »
Some will say they knew all along, and some are still scraping their jaws off the floor A big surprise, a Big surprise.
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Deciding to come clean with her boyfriend Danny, Clara begins to bear all to him over the phone, only to have the call, and his life, cut short as Danny is struck fatally by a passing car. Clara passes through the five stages of grief off camera, and advances to step six – Plan To Get Him Back. She attempts to threaten The Doctor into saving him, but learns quickly that it’s not necessary. As they arrive in a bizarre mausoleum, Danny awakens on the other side of the equation, in the same office where we’ve seen several people arrive, having it explained to him that he’s dead. The Doctor and Clara are told a wild »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
If you haven't seen John Wick yet, you need to! That's a completely badass movie, and Keanu Reeves is awesome in it. The action film had a solid box office opening, and now the actor has a new project set up to star in called Replicas.
The sci-fi thriller follows Reeves, who will be playing "a neuroscientist whose family is killed in a traffic accident and will stop at nothing to bring them back." To do this, he will go up against a "government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science."
That sounds intriguing. It's also a great project for Reeves to jump on board. The movie is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Matrix), directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), with a screenplay written by Chad St. John. Di Bonaventura had this to say in a statement:
“From my experience working with Keanu on »
- Joey Paur
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
Keanu Reeves is heading back to the world of science fiction, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the John Wick star has signed on to appear in Replicas, a sci-fi thriller from Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures.
Replicas will be directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) and will centre on “a daring neuroscientist (Reeves) who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.”
“From my experience working with Keanu on The Matrix franchise through our collaboration on Constantine, I have always been impressed by (his) ability to bring a genuine level of humanity to the sci-fi genre through his performance,” states producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. “I am looking forward to collaborating with Keanu once again on this unique take on what lengths a »
- Gary Collinson
Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures announced today Keanu Reeves will star in Replicas from director Tanya Wexler, the follow-up to her successful hit Hysteria. From a screenplay by Chad St. John, Replicas is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (G.I. Joe, Transformers Franchises), Stephen Hamel, Reeves, and Fundamental Films. Company Films' partners Hamel and Reeves developed the script based on Hamel's treatment. Lotus will introduce the sci-fi thriller to foreign buyers starting at the upcoming Afm. CAA is handling domestic rights.
After a car accident kills his loving family, a daring neuroscientist will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science themselves. Production is slated for spring 2015.
No stranger to sci-fi action films, Reeves is possibly best known for his role as "Neo" in the wildly popular The Matrix Trilogy. »
Keanu Reeves has signed up to star in futuristic sci-fi thriller Replicas.
The actor will play a daring neuroscientist in the Tanya Wexler-directed film, with production slated to begin in spring 2015.
Deadline reports that the film, written by Chad St. John, will follow Reeves' character as he stops at nothing to bring back the family he lost in a car accident, "even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science themselves".
"From my experience working with Keanu on The Matrix franchise through our collaboration on Constantine, I have always been impressed by Keanu's ability to bring a genuine level of humanity to the sci-fi genre through his performance," producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said.
"I am looking forward to collaborating with Keanu once again on this unique take on what lengths a person will go to alter the past, »
After blasting away countless bad guys in John Wick, it seems like Keanu Reeves is on the verge of a fun comeback. Now the actor is set to reteam with the action thriller's producer, Stephen Hamel (who is also working on Reeves' gestating sci-fi romance Passengers), for a sci-fi thriller called Replicas. The project is on sale at the American Film Market with Lotus Entertainment and Bonaventura Pictures (ran by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who worked on The Matrix trilogy and Constantine) behind the film that will be directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) with a script from Chad St. Johnson. So what's this new project about? The film will see Reeves playing neuroscientist whose family is killed in a traffic accident so he uses his knowledge to try to bring them back, going up against the government, the police and the laws of science. There's not much specific information there as »
- Ethan Anderton
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