Beyond Skyline sounds like and technically is a sequel, but it looks and acts like an original film.
Taking place concurrently with the events of 2010’s Skyline, Beyond Skyline uses the occasion to give the widely forgotten sci-fi film a makeover — thanks to the efforts of buzzy stars Frank Grillo and The Raid and The Raid 2’s Iko Uwais.
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Wheelman exists at a tricky crossroads. It’s the kind of down and dirty, modestly budgeted thriller made for an adult audience that major studios tend to shy away from these days. But as a Netflix original movie, very few people will have the chance to experience it on the big screen, which is a shame because it’s a great audience movie.
And Wheelman is a great audience movie. So invite some friends over, crank up the volume, and be prepared to laugh and cheer and stop breathing for 82 minutes. But first, you can watch the Wheelman trailer below if you need additional convincing beyond “Frank Grillo is a seasoned getaway driver who has a very, very bad night.”
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Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Allow me to thumb my suspenders and clear the kids off my lawn before I break out this old cliche, but they don’t make ’em like this much anymore.
Wheelman may represent the shifting cinematic landscape of 2017 – it was produced by Netflix and will skip theaters and arrive directly on the streaming service next month – but it’s a straightforward, simple, muscular, and blissfully old school thriller that, much like its leading man, feels like it escaped from 1974. But even when this crime-gone-wrong movie traffics in familiar beats, it does so with a slick confidence and calm-under-fire grace. Making a movie that feels this cool (this effortlessly cool) sometimes feels like a lost art. This is the kind of hardened, macho, dizzyingly entertaining crime movie that gets in, does its job, and gets out without wasting a single second of your precious time. You get the sense that Wheelman respects you, the audience member: it’s not here to beat around the bush. Like a great getaway driver, its focus is squarely on delivering the goods.
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Who knows what the future holds? Marvel, apparently, because they’re scheduling films until the end of time, and currently in the midst of shooting them as well. Avengers: Infinity War isn’t even out yet, but production is already underway on the next Avengers film, which means eagle-eyed set spies are already picking out actors left and right as if they were deconstructing the Zapruder film. This scrutiny has apparently revealed none other than Captain Marvel will appear in Avengers 4. And rumors abound that another Marvel character, previously thought dead, might make an appearance as well. Let’s speculate wildly, shall we?
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Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Do you remember Skyline, the 2010 science fiction movie about people trapped in an apartment during an alien invasion? Of course you don’t. It was awful. Terrible. Probably one of the worst movies given a wide release in theaters that year. But it was also cheap, produced for a modest $10 million budget, allowing it to make enough money to justify a sequel. And now, seven years later, the trailer for that sequel has arrived.
And it looks…not bad? Perhaps that’s because Beyond Skyline features a new cast, a new setting, a new director, and only a tenuous connection to the original movie.
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Last week it was revealed that Joe Carnahan would be directing a “re-imagining” of The Raid starring Frank Grillo. Now Carnahan has begun doing press, revealing more about his Raid film.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Angie Han
The Raid came out of seemingly nowhere to become a surprise hit in 2011, which meant it wasn’t long before Hollywood came knocking with plans for an English-language remake. Over the years, that intended project has suffered some stops and starts, flirting with different combinations of stars and directors, and seemed to run out of steam around 2015.
But a really buzzy remake idea never really goes away. It just lies in wait until the right people come along. And those people, apparently, are director Joe Carnahan and star Frank Grillo. The two have slyly announced a “reimagining” of Gareth Evans‘ instant action classic, apparently set in Caracas, Venezuela. Read More »
The Purge: Election Year was in development long before anyone involved knew it would be released in the middle of the most contentious, ludicrous, and genuinely embarrassing election season in American history. And while the average American (and many other citizens of the world) squirm and groan with every new development arising from both sides of the political aisle, the third film in writer/director James DeMonaco‘s horror series has found itself in a unique position. Suddenly, the film’s vision of a deranged future America where murder is legalized for one night every year feels kind of inevitable. After all, the world does seem to be crumbling a little bit every single day.
And you bet your ass The Purge: Election Year is well-aware of this environment. The tagline on display in the new trailer is “Keep America Great.” These movies know exactly what they’re doing.
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Even though it feels like it’s been an election year for much longer than a couple months, this year is officially the year when we elect a new President of the United States of America. And while the craziness of the primaries unfolded last night with yet another political debate between potential presidential candidates, an all too appropriate TV spot debuted for this year’s action thriller sequel The Purge: Election Year debuted, taking cues from the political ads that we all get sick of seeing.
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Captain America: Civil War brings back what feels like every MCU character we’ve ever met (save Thor and Hulk, who’ll be off on their own buddy adventure next fall). But it also introduces a bunch of new ones, some of whom are more mysterious than others. One that’s been a big fat question mark up to this point is the government agent played by Martin Freeman. We’ve already seen him in the trailers, but it’s only now that we finally have confirmation on whom he’s playing. As it turns out, one of those fan theories was very much on the money.
Elsewhere, we’ve also got new looks at Frank Grillo‘s Brock Rumlow in full Crossbones gear, and Elizabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch in action amid what looks like some serious destruction. There’s also another photo of Chris Evans‘ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man staring intensely at each other, in case you need more fanfic fodder. See photos of the Civil War Martin Freeman character and more below. Read More »