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Monsters University features all the entertainment and heart you’ve come to expect from Pixar, and then some. We meet Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) during their college years, as the company’s first prequel is set years before the events of 2001′s Monsters Inc.

Director Dan Scanlon turns that simple story idea into a great, fast paced college comedy with an intriguing blend of emotional highs and lows. Every single character and moment is played to near perfect effect, leaving the audience dumbfounded at how the movie constantly keeps raising the bar. Just when you think it can’t get better, it does, and you’ll leave the theater fulfilled, but also wildly surprised at where Pixar goes this time around.

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Bruce Willis‘ year of action sequels continues this summer with Red 2, which reunites him with stars John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary Louise Parker while bringing on some fresher blood in the form of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, David Thewlis, and Anthony Hopkins.

If you’ve seen the first one, you know basically what to expect — lots of old people running around shooting people and exploding things. But to get more specific, the plot this time centers on the gang’s attempt to track down a missing nuclear bomb while Frank (Willis) is being chased by an elite assassin (Lee). They try to enlist the help of a scientist (Hopkins) locked up in an institution for the criminally insane. A new trailer has just dropped, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Lionsgate made two release date changes today.

Now You See Me, which comes from director Louis Leterrier and features Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine, has been pulled up from July 7 to May 31. The thriller centers around a group of illusionists who pull off heists, seemingly at the same time they’re on stage doing magic tricks. The trailer has been out for a while, and the cast is certainly appealing. Hard to tell if the movie will follow through on the great premise and talented cast. It’ll be up against narrow competition from Universal’s The Purge and a limited release of Zal batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice follow-up The East, but The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 will still be in theaters from the week before.

Another film from the studio has moved up, as well. The action/comedy sequel Red 2 was slated to open on August 2, but will now bow on July 19. Dean Parisot directed with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren returning and Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones showing up to augment another story of retired assassins going back into action.

Ah, yes, the Fast and the Furious franchise: Where a man can fly from one fancy speeding car to another in the middle of the highway while a tank wreaks havoc in the background. See that photo and more after the jump. Also:

  • Jocelin Donahue is young Barbara Hershey in Insidious 2
  • Helen Mirren teases some of her big action scenes for Red 2
  • Yes, Rafe Spall will appear in Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End
  • Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Trek character is a very modern terrorist
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks Transformers 4
  • A Good Day to Die Hard unveils a Valentine’s Day-themed spot
  • The gang’s all here in a fresh batch of stills from Fast & Furious 6
  • See some colorful high-res images from The Muppets… Again

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If you guessed the moment David Mamet cast Al Pacino as the lead of HBO Films’ Phil Spector that the movie would essentially be Pacino at his nuttiest under an increasingly bizarre series of wigs, well, you were right on the mark. The first trailer shows just that, along with his Helen Mirren as his competent but uneasy defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden. Watch it after the jump.

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Bruce Willis has starred in many sequels over the course of his three-decade career, but in 2013 he really outdoes himself with three separate sequels and nothing else. The first of them, A Good Day to Die Hard, hits next month, followed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation in March. Bringing up the rear is Red 2, which has just unveiled a first trailer in advance of its August release.

While the first one wasn’t anything special, it was an enjoyable bit of fluff elevated by a stellar cast. Red 2 looks to be in a similar vein. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) takes over directing duties this time around, while Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker all reprise their roles. This time around, the gang is headed to Europe to stop a nuclear device from falling into the wrong hands. Anthony HopkinsCatherine Zeta-Jones, David Thewlis, and Willis’ G.I. Joe co-star Byung-hun Lee also appear. Check out the video after the jump.

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Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi has roped in quite a cast for Hitchcock, a film which dramatizes the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho in high style. Previous trailers have shown us Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Hitch and his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johanssen as Psycho’s first-act star, Janet Leigh.

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‘Hitchcock’ Trailer: Just a Man Obsessed With Murder

Here’s the trailer for Hitchcock, which stars Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense, caught during the period in which he made Psycho. This is our first taste of Hopkins’ Hitchcockian affectation, and we can still hear quite a lot of the actor’s signature tone in there. It’s rather like Hitch by way of Hannibal Lecter. Which makes a certain sense, when you think about it.

There’s also the attempt to build a big drama around the creation of the film and the way that the people around Hitch dealt with his creative obsessions and eccentricities. Helen Mirren looks like she shines as Hitch’s wife Alma, who shoulders the burden of maintaining their marriage while also acting as a perpetual cheerleader and creative consultant.

And the rest of the supporting cast (Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Kurtwood Smith) get some good moments, and the great kicker line toys with both the nature of Psycho star Janet Leigh, and that of Scarlett Johansson, who plays Leigh here. There’s also the appeal of seeing director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) recreate famous scenes from Psycho. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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