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SXSW '12 Review: 'The Raid: Redemption' Is A Triumph Of Kicks, Punches & Unrelenting Thrills

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 12, 2012 12:05 PM
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If you ever wanted a feature-length version of the scene from Tony Jaa’s “The Protector” where in one shot he literally fights his way up to the roof of a building filled with baddies, then “The Raid” is the movie for you. Although his two previous films failed to make an impression outside of Indonesia, writer-director Gareth Evans crafts a relentless – and relentlessly exciting -- onslaught of visceral entertainment with his tale of a SWAT team that’s ambushed after being assigned to invade a drug kingpin’s heavily-fortified stronghold. Featuring fight sequences almost literally from start to finish, “The Raid” is an action-lover’s dream, precisely because it pitches the choreography at a thrilling but believable level that prevents viewers from succumbing to an overdose of kicks and punches.

Watch: Peeta & Caesar Have A Chat In New Clip From 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 11:51 AM
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We're about two weeks away from "The Hunger Games" unleashing a new franchise upon the world and at the very least, Lionsgate are hoping they have a better weekend than Disney just did with "John Carter" (though, that movie did okay overseas, so it's not going to be quiet the disaster some have been expecting). Anyway, in the case of the Gary Ross directed film he's a got a few things that Andrew Stanton's film didn't have in the lead up to its release: recognizable stars, a clearly explained storyline and memorable trailers. Now it's up to the movie to match the hype.

Watch: Clips From 'Killer Joe' & 'Shut Up And The Play The Hits'; Teaser Trailer For 'The Loved Ones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 11:43 AM
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Can't be at SXSW? Well, this morning we'll bring a little bit from a couple of the festival favorites to you to check out, along with a trailer for a horror flick that has taken nearly three years to hit U.S. screens.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Kills A Whole Bunch Of People In NSFW Video For The Shoes' "Time To Dance"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 11:18 AM
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So, if you're a relatively unknown French electronic dance act, looking to get some buzz, hiring a Hollywood actor and getting him to kill a bunch of people in a nonsensical video is a pretty good way to go. That's pretty much what The Shoes have done in their slick but totally empty video for "Time To Dance" which features Jake Gyllenhaal mercilessly killing a bunch of people...all to the soundtrack of some hype beats!

Emma Roberts Joins Heist Flick 'Empire State' With Dwayne Johnson & Liam Hemsworth

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 12, 2012 10:58 AM
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After casting one of the new Expendables, Liam Hemsworth, and everybody's favourite thumb-with-a-face, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dito Montiel's heist flick "Empire State" had easily filled up it's beefcake quota, and now the balance is being redressed somewhat by adding a bit of much needed femininity into the mix.

Watch: John Hillcoat Directed Ad For The U.K. National Lottery & Jordan Scott Shot Armani Spot Featuring Rihanna

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 12, 2012 10:41 AM
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John Hillcoat just doesn't do uplifting. He has a pretty good handle on the heartbreaking and emotionally affecting, but raising your spirits just doesn't seem to be his bag (at least in his feature films; remember that Levi's ad?). While we wait patiently for Hillcoat's next feature "The Wettest County" (or are we calling it "Lawless" now?) to arrive in theatres, here's an ad he's directed for the U.K.'s National Lottery.

Woody Allen May Go To Copenhagen For His Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 10:18 AM
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Lest you think winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay for "Midnight In Paris," taking a starring role in the upcoming comedy "Fading Gigolo" and preparing "Bullets Over Broadway" for the musical stage has kept Woody Allen from keeping his eye on his next movie, guess again. With Europe continuing to inspire a late career rebound with movies set in London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome ("Nero Fiddled"), it's no shocker that the helmer is once again looking overseas as the setting for his next outing.

Literally Tiny Rumor Leaks About Plot Element For 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 9:38 AM
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If you thought "The Avengers" was going to be the grand climax of the Marvel movies, you'd be way, way off. The ever expanding, never ending big screen universe of these comic book movies will continue to grow as just as Joss Whedon's film rolls into theaters, filming will kick off on "Iron Man 3." And while we have yet to get any official word on the plot, villain or who will joining Robert Downey Jr. from the regular cast of Marvel players with contract obligations to fill, it appears at least one element from the story has made its way online.
More: Iron Man 3

20 Seconds Of The New 'Prometheus' Trailer & Javier Bardem As A Blonde Bobby In 'Skyfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 9:18 AM
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Well, at least it's better than those absolutely ridiculous one second clips before the first teaser for "The Hunger Games" landed. The practice of releasing scraps of trailers before the full trailer arrives is becoming increasingly irritating and silly, but alas, here we are and in case you just can't wait until next Saturday when the new trailer for "Prometheus" will arrive, here's 20 seconds of stuff. We'll leave it to the nerdier sites to deconstruct or whatever, but don't get too excited. However, in case you're wondering, in these brief seconds you'll see Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. Hooray. "Prometheus" arrives on June 8th and was recently announced as being given an IMAX upgrade as well. 

Cary Fukunaga Says Civil War Heist Flick 'No Blood, No Guts, No Glory' Is Next, Compares Film To 'The General' (But From The Yankee Side)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 12, 2012 8:57 AM
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Cary Fukunaga is one of the most exciting directing talents to come along in the last few years. The 34-year-old filmmaker made a storming debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival with the gripping immigration thriller "Sin Nombre," and then took a severe left turn last year with the costume drama "Jane Eyre," which managed to make a much-adapted tale feel genuinely fresh, as well as demonstrating the young director's impressive versatility.

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