Stop-Loss Movie Poster

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MTV’s Movie Blog has posted the official one sheet for their satellite film branch’s Iraq War drama Stop-Loss. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Timothy Olyphant and Abbie Cornish, the film is also notable for lead roles played by Brick‘s Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum. One wonders if the movie will end up being remembered more for starring two guys from G.I. Joe (Gordon-Levitt is confirmed, Tatum is rumored) rather than for making an important statement about the struggles of modern day U.S. soldiers.

Back in October, we posted the trailer, which has the unfortunate soundtrack of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies (Hit the Floor),” but offers a new angle compared to recent war films: that of a young solider refusing a “stop-loss,” a real-life mandate that suddenly orders a soldier to once again return to battle after completing required deployments. Think of it like being told “no summer break” when you were in high school and multiply it times an inferno.

While the film, set for March 28, is directed by Boys Don’t Cry‘s respected Kimberly Peirce, the poster shares far too much similarity with MTV’s 1999 teen football-and-hormones drama Varsity Blues. Compare the two after the jump.

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Stop-Loss Movie Trailer

Stop-LossMTV has the trailer premiere for Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss. Ryan Phillippe returns to Texas after a tour in Iraq, but when he is ordered to return for another tour of duty, he refuses. The film co-stars Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant and Abbie Cornish.

While the America seems to be getting sick of the “Iraq War” series of movies, this one somehow seems more poignant than most.

Peirce’s last film, 1999′s Boys Don’t Cry was critically acclaimed, and even won an Academy Award for star Hilary Swank. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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New Hitman Movie Trailer

Hitman

In June, we posted the teaser trailer the big screen adaptation of the hit video game Hitman. I complained that it failed to impress me, and got almost 70 comments in agreement. The new trailer, which can be seen after the jump, impresses me a little more. The cinematography looks pretty impressive, but not much else. I thought the whole point in the game was to be sneaky, and remain quiet and undetected? The movie looks like it’s loud and full of explosions, flash and style but no substance (hey, sometimes this formula can result into a fun action flick, so we’ll have to see).

In the movie, Timothy Olyphant plays Agent 47, a professional assassin for hire, who is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. hired by a group known as “The Agency” to kill targets for cash. Hitman is helmed by french director Xavier Gens. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on October 17th 2007.

Check out the trailer after the jump.
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New Hitman Photo Revealed

Hitman

USA Today has published a new photo (seen above) from Fox’s big screen adaptation of the popular Hitman video game. While I will admit that this film appears to have style, I’m still not interested in seeing it. The official plot synopsis follows:

Agent 47 (Olyphant) has been educated to become a professional assassin for hire. His most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work.  47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the nape of his neck, and his only name. The hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political takeover.  Both Interpol and the Russian military chase the HITMAN across Eastern Europe as he tries to find out who set him up and why they’re trying to take him out of the game.  But the greatest threat to 47′s survival may be the stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a beautiful, damaged girl.

If the film’s movie trailer didn’t scare you away, here is star Timothy Olyphant to give you at least two reasons not to see the movie.

“I know people want you to be true to the game, but no one really wants to go pay for a movie to watch a video game,” Olyphant told USA Today. “And, look, it’s a movie. You’ve got to have the girl in it. I just hope the fans feel I’m the character they’re used to.”

Hitman stars Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Offei, Robert Knepper and Ulrich Thomsen. The film hits theaters on October 12.

Movie Review: Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard

I just got home from the press screening for Live Free or Die Hard (aka Die Hard 4.0, which woulda, coulda and shoulda been the film’s official title). With any sequel, everyone immediately asks how it compares to the previous films in the series. There really is no way to review a fourth film in a series on solid ground because you walk into it with hours (in this case six hours) of expectations. We go to a movie like this expecting to relive our cinematic, pop-culture childhood. Unfortunately it’s a promise which is almost never fulfilled. And you might be saying, “Why doesn’t he cut to the chase” or “just spit it out and tell us that you hated the movie!” But the truth is that I had a GREAT time. The problem is that I feel like I shouldn’t have. I now watch movies with a more critical eye. Hey, it’s become my job. That said, the stunts and action are non-stop but may-be too over-the-top for some, and the story is filled with gaps of logic. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention these two things. For some of you it might be a deal-breaker, but I have a feeling that most of you are probably like me, and are willing to sit back and enjoy the movie.

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Hitman Movie Trailer Fails to Impress

HitmanThe first movie trailer for 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of the popular video game Hitman is now online. I’m not a big gamer, but have been around video games all my life. And making a feature film based on the Hitman concept seemed like a no-brainer. Most video games don’t have a good enough concept, never-mind story, which has resulted in many horrible feature films. That said, why am I getting the same awful feeling that I always get while watching bad video game adaptations? May-be it’s the cheesy titles that jump on screen. Am I wrong? Was I expecting too much? For the record, it’s not Uwe Boll quality bad – but definitely disappointing.

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Live Free or Die Hard Movie Trailer and Photos

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The full length theatrical trailer for Live Free or Die Hard is now online. Am I the only one who still prefers the original (now international) title, Die Hard 4.0?
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New Live Free or Die Hard Photos

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20th Century Fox has sent us some new photos from Live Free or Die Hard.

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