The return of inexplicable sequels is but one part of the general “nature is healing” vibe of the 2021 summer movie season, and the awkwardly titled action comedy Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard fits the bill, unfortunately, quite well. A follow-up to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard (even as it loses the word “The” for no good reason), this sequel offers more of the same while being poorly paced and substituting yelling and profanity in place of actual wit or humor. Though it’s still plenty glib and smug, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard doesn’t deliver the goods.
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A star-studded cast leads Solos, a new sci-fi anthology series from Amazon and creator David Weil. The seven-part series “explores the strange, beautiful, heart-breaking, hilarious, wondrous truths of what it means to be human” and “spans our present and future and illuminates that even during our most isolated moments we are all connected through the human experience.” Watch the Solos trailer below.
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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson were at each other’s throats in the action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard in 2017. After bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) were forced to team up in the face of danger, Bryce now finds himself haunted by Kincaid in his dreams, so his therapist has recommended that he take a sabbatical from bodyguarding. But of course, danger finds him again when he has a run-in with Kincaid’s wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), and all hell breaks loose yet again in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Watch the first trailer for the sequel below. Read More »
It’s been four years since Zach Braff directed a movie, and that was the geriatric studio comedy Going in Style starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. It was an average comedy to crack up the older crowds, and it appears it was enough to keep one of the stars interested in working with the Scrubs star and Garden State director again.
Morgan Freeman will star in A Good Person, the next directorial effort by Zach Braff. The movie will also star his current romantic interest, the Oscar-nominated Florence Pugh, who we’re still waiting to see in Marvel’s Black Widow sometime this year. Read More »
Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, and Helen Mirren are among the big names joining the star-studded cast for Amazon’s new dramatic anthology series, Solos. The anthology series comes from Hunters creator David Weil, who will act as showrunner and executive produce the new series.
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As promised last month, a star-studded table read of the classic coming-of-age high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High unfolded this past week to raise funds for CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), a nonprofit charity co-founded by Sean Penn, one of the film’s co-stars. But the cast of the table read didn’t include any other actors from the original movie.
Instead, the Fast Times and Ridgemont High table read (virtually) starred the likes of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Shia LaBeouf, Henry Golding, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Jimmy Kimmel and Morgan Freeman. Now you can watch the entire table read online for your entertainment, and while everyone has been buzzing about Pitt and Aniston reuniting online, it’s Shia LaBeouf who takes a cue from Sean Penn and steals the show as Jeff Spicoli. Watch below! Read More »
The first Friday the 13th of this year came on March 13, just days before the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final Friday the 13th of 2020 arrives in November. While we have no clue what the state of the world will be at that point, a new movie will be released that day which features three Oscar winners in a comedy about a group of conmen trying to murder an actor during the filming of a fake movie. See Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Zach Braff, Eddie Griffin, and more in the trailer for The Comeback Trail below.
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Within the war movie genre, the American Civil War hasn’t beget as many classics as World War II or Vietnam. One indisputable classic, however, is Glory, the powerful 1989 film based on a true story about one of the first all-black volunteer regiments in the Union Army. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this movie. You may recall the scene where his character, Trip — the defiant slave turned soldier turned AWOL shoe-hunter — tries to keep a stiff upper lip but starts leaking tears as he’s whipped across his back, which already bears the scars of a runaway slave.
This year, at an AFI tribute to Washington, Michael B. Jordan cited those scars as the inspiration for Killmonger’s in Black Panther. Glory is a film where a similar transference of legacy can be felt in the actors’ performances. Bolstered by one of the all-time great film scores (composed by the late James Horner and featuring the Harlem Boys Choir), it’s a movie that seeks to pass the generational torch, putting viewers in touch with the past so that its forgotten sacrifices can help light the way forward to a better tomorrow for all.
Seeing “Old Glory,” the flag, wave in Glory, the film, as Americans fight other Americans on the battlefield at Antietam Creek certainly hits close to home in 2019, when the country feels less united than ever, up a different kind of creek. With HBO’s Watchmen having recently drawn attention to the Tulsa Race Massacre, Glory offers another indelible screen depiction of an important episode in American history. Rewatching it on its thirtieth anniversary, here at the tail end of the 2010s, is an emotional experience: at once humbling and cathartic and inspiring all over again.
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There’s a line in The Shawshank Redemption where Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, tells us, “Prison is no fairy tale world.” Except that’s exactly what it is in this movie. Make no mistake about it: Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison drama, based on a Stephen King novella, endures as a kind of modern fairy tale, albeit one that transplants the most basic of all human emotions to the least romantic of all story settings. Instead of happening in space, like The Empire Strikes Back, this tale unfolds in a penitentiary.
Interpretations of Shawshank abound; depending on who you ask, the film might resonate as everything from a simple bromance to a biblical allegory. However, by using the prison as a canvas for a humanistic hope parable, the film managed to tap into something sublime and all-inclusive, something that cuts across demographics and appeals to people’s innermost yearning selves. Or, as Red puts it, “something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it.”
The story of wrongfully convicted inmate Andy Dufresne, played with glassy-eyed stoicism by Tim Robbins, speaks to the imprisoned dreamer in all of us. He’s a man, Red tells us, “who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.” Anyone who’s ever felt trapped by their circumstances, anyone who’s ever hoped for a better life, can relate to Andy’s decades-long struggle in Shawshank State Prison. As The Shawshank Redemption turns 25, it remains essential fuel for the film-lover’s soul: inspirational and heart-aching, but also perhaps richer and more multi-layered than you remember.
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This month, Stephen King fans have been swarming to theaters to watch Pennywise the Dancing Clown terrorize the grown up Losers’ Club in IT Chapter Two. But in a few days, they’ll be able to enjoy a different kind of story from Stephen King, one that warms your heart instead of trying eat it.
The Shawshank Redemption is considered one of the best Stephen King adaptations of all-time. Hell, it’s simply one of the best films ever made. It’s hard to believe, but this year the film is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and in honor of the milestone, you can catch the movie back in theaters for a few days. Find out when you can see The Shawshank Redemption in theaters below. Read More »